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


Her training in art therapy and in expressive analysis are the underpinnings of her exploration of ephemeral states of emotion, observed and realized through painting. The desire to apprehend the inchoate, to synthesize thought and feeling into a language of abstraction, and to make a record of process are what drive her work. Her work is held in numerous private collections both nationally and internationally. She lives and works in Montclair, NJ. 

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




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

2013                  http://lisapressman.blogspot.com/2013/10/how-do-you-title-your-paintings_8.html                 

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

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

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