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Karen Nielsen-Fried was born in Binghamton, NY. She is a graduate of Pratt Institute (Master of Professional Studies in Art Therapy) and Binghamton University (BFA). She pursued postgraduate studies at The Institute for Expressive Analysis (NY, NY) and at The National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis (NY, NY).

Her work has been exhibited widely in the NY metro area (among others: The Painting Center, NJ State Museum, SITE:Brooklyn, Equity Gallery, Denise Bibro Fine Art) as well as in Seattle, Philadelphia, Provincetown, and Chicago (where she is represented by Addington Gallery). She was awarded a residency at The Sam and Adele Golden Foundation for the Arts.

Karen's work is held in numerous private collections nationally, and in Denmark, Germany, and Ghana.

She lives and maintains a studio in Montclair, New Jersey.

Karen Nielsen-Fried

(201) 259-5045



2014           Intuitive Geometries, Lundbeck Research Corporate Gallery, Paramus, NJ 

2011           Encaustic Works on Paper, Prudential Gallery, Montclair, NJ 

2010           Natural Affinities, The Gallery at Sussex College, Newton, NJ 

2007           Karen Nielsen-Fried: Encaustic Paintings, D'Adamo/Woltz Gallery, Seattle,WA.  

2006           Color Theory, Parlor Studio, Montclair, NJ  

2004           Open Secret, Kent Place School Gallery, Summit, NJ

                   The Object of the Game, Virginia Schaeffer Block Gallery, Montclair, NJ


2016          Remnants Of Time (with Cherie Mittenthal and Toby Sisson), Kobalt Gallery, Provincetown, MA

2014           Intuitive Structures, Cottage Place Gallery, Ridgewood, NJ

2013           Wax/Paper/Scissors (with Pam Cooper), Gallery@Hillside Square, Montclair, NJ

2008           Coda/Chroma (with Nora Chavooshian), Brassworks Gallery, Montclair, NJ

2005           Random Patterns (with Joanie San Chirico), Pringle Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2002           Memory/Mythology (with Lori Field), Fine Arts Guild of Rahway, NJ


2021           Represent: New Portraiture   Barrett Art Center, Poughkeepsie, NY

                   Art Fair 14C  Booth with Lisa Pressman and Marybeth Rothman

2020           The Blues,  The Painting Center, curated by Kathy Cantwell and Lisa Pressman

                   Homework,  Kobalt Gallery, Provincetown, MA

                   Terra Chroma  Addington Gallery, Chicago, IL

                   Vasari 21  Artists Respond to the Pandemic, Part B (online)

                   Joanne Mattera Art Blog  Art in the Time of the Pandemic, Part 3

2019           Art Fair 14C (with Drawing Rooms), Jersey City, NJ

2018           Collage as Matter: Art and Real Estate, 100 11th Ave. 16C, NYC

                   Haptic/Optic,  Equity Gallery, NYC

                   Between the Color,  SITE:Brooklyn,  Brooklyn, NY 

                   Personal Identity Matter,  Gallery MC  NYC

                   Chain Reaction/Artists Choosing Artists  The Painting Center, NYC

2016           The Mark of the Brush   Truro Center for the Arts@Castle Hill  Truro, MA

2013           State of the Art   SMI Gallery@Academy Square  Montclair, NJ

2017           Made In Paint, The Sam and Adele Golden Gallery (Golden Foundation), New Berlin, NY

2016           The Big Small Show, The Drawing Rooms, Jersey City, NJ

2016           The 10 Show, A Gallery, Provincetown, MA

2015           Space Between, Addington Gallery, Chicago. IL

2014           Maximal/Minimal, Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill, Provincetown, MA (Juror’s Award)

                   Waxing, Denise Bibro Fine Art, Chelsea, NY

                   15@15: Invitational Anniversary Exhibit, Arts Center of New Jersey, Rahway, NJ

2012           The Embrace of Water and Light, Kobalt Gallery, Provincetown, MA

2012           Pattern in Painting, Evans Encaustic online 

2011           Art Connections 7, George Segal Gallery, Montclair State University, NJ  

2011           Wax in the Context of Collage, Bricolage, and Assemblage, Online exhibit curated by Marybeth Rothman  

2010           NJ Arts Annual: Fine Art, NJ State Museum, Trenton, NJ

                   Montclair Art Museum Spring Gala, Montclair, NJ

                   Fertile Ground, Imlay Fine Art, Montclair, NJ 

2008           On the Edge: New Works in Encaustic, Montserrat College Gallery, Beverly, MA 

                   BEE-ing/ Recent Encaustic Painting, Arts Guild of Rahway, NJ  

2007           R&F Encaustic Works 2007, Gallery at R&F Handmade Paints, Kingston, NY     

                   Encaustic Works 2007, Ball State University Gallery, Muncie, IN

                   The Last Word: Narrative Women Painters of the 21st Century, Pierro Gallery, South Orange, NJ

                   International Juried Show, Center for Visual Arts of New Jersey, Summit, NJ

2006           Women in the Arts, Gallery 214 Artspace, Montclair, NJ

2004           Spring Gala, Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJ

2003           Encaustic Works “03”, Biennial Juried Exposition, Marist College Art Gallery, Poughkeepsie, NY

                   Spring Gala, Montclair Art Museum Montclair, NJ

                   Ashes to Ashes, Rotunda Gallery Unitarian Church of Montclair, NJ

                   Ashes to Ashes, Ramapo College Gallery, Ramapo, NJ

                   Up and Coming, Eighth Floor Artists Space, NY, NY

                   Three Twins, Arts Guild of Rahway, Rahway, NJ

                   Black and White, Nandi School Gallery, Montclair, NJ

2002           21st Annual Metro Show, City Without Walls, Newark, NJ

                   Essex Exposed 3, Gallery of South Orange, NJ

2001           20th Annual Metro Show (Best in Show), City Without Walls, Newark, NJ

                   The Insomnia Show, Organization of Independent Artists (OIA), NY, NY

                   4th Annual Exhibition, Gallery 214 Artspace, Montclair, NJ

                   Studio Montclair Members Show, Watchung Arts Center, Watchung, NJ

                   Curious Journey, Gallery 214 Artspace, Montclair, NJ

2000           19th Annual Metro Show, City Without Walls, Newark, NJ

                   No Word for Inhumanity, Kent Place Gallery, Summit, NJ

                   Reliquaries, City Without Walls, Newark, NJ

1999           No Word for Inhumanity, Westminster Art Gallery, Bloomfield College, Bloomfield, NJ

                   Mama and Dada, City Without Walls, Newark, NJ

                   Studio Montclair 2nd Annual Juried Art Exhibition, Colonnades Gallery, Montclair, NJ

1998           3rd Annual New Members Show, City Without Walls, Newark, NJ

                   Essex Exposed, The Gallery of South Orange, S. Orange, NJ

                   The Aljira National 4, Aljira Center for Contemporary Art, Newark, NJ

                   Mixed Medea, City Without Walls, Newark, NJ

                   Studio Montclair First Annual Juried Exhibition, Midland Gallery, Montclair, NJ

                   Third National Christmas Exhibition, Chuck Levitan Gallery, NY, NY

1997           National Juried Exhibit of Small Works (Best In Show), Montclair State University Gallery, Montclair, NJ


Denise Bibro Fine Art, Chelsea, NYC

Addington Gallery, Chicago, IL


2016          Awarded Artist Residency at The Sam and Adele Golden Foundation For the Arts, New Berlin, NY

2014          “Studio Visit Vol. 23”, Open Studio Press, Curator: Barbara O’Brien, Kemper Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO


2012          “International Encaustic Upcoming in Provincetown”, Art New England, May issue                                   

2005          “Pringle and Gallery Siano”, R.B. Strauss,

2003          “All That Comes Between Birth and Death”, Elizabeth S. Ludas, The Montclair Times, NY, March 27

2001          “Wax Is The Preferred Medium”, William Zimmer, The Sunday New York Times, NY, December 23

                  “Metro Show Affected By September 11th”, (with reproduction) Dan Bischoff, Star Ledger, NJ, November 30

2000          “Nothing’s Sacred”(with reproduction), Dan Bischoff, Star Ledger, NJ, March 17

1999          “Artists Play With Dolls, But It’s Not Kid Stuff”, Dan Bischoff, Sunday Star Ledger, NJ, May 9 

1998          “Scrap Mettle”(with reproduction), Dan Bischoff, Sunday Star Ledger, NJ December 13

                  “Art Show Takes Inspiration From the Ultimate Bad Mother”, Dan Bischoff, Star Ledger, NJ, July 31

                  “The Art(s) of Motherhood” (with reproduction), Montclair Times, NJ, May 7

1997          “Three Rare Invitations to the Inner Sanctum”, William Zimmer, Sunday New York Times, Sept. 4




Master of Professional Studies in Art Therapy, Pratt Institute, NY

B.F.A. (Drawing and Printmaking major), Binghamton University, NY

National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis (NPAP), NYC

The Institute for Expressive Analysis, NYC

University of Copenhagen, Denmark

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