Education

1984
Cranbrook Academy of Art, MFA Graphic Design
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan 

1982
The University of the Arts, BFA with honors Printmaking
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 


Teaching

2014—
Professor, Department Advising Coordinator, Dept. of Art and Design, Monmouth University, West Long Branch, NJ

 
2006-14
Associate Professor, Department Advising Coordinator, Dept. of Art and Design, Monmouth University, West Long Branch, NJ 

2002-06
Associate Professor, Department Chair, Department of Art and Design
Monmouth University, West Long Branch, New Jersey

1996-02
Assistant Professor, Department of Art and Design
Monmouth University, West Long Branch, New Jersey

1990-93
Full-time Professor, Communications Department
Parsons School of Design, New York, New York

1984-90
Assistant Professor, Department of Art and Design
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Newark, New Jersey


Awards / Grants / Honors (partial list)
 

2021

14th Annual International Encaustic Conference, Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill

Presenter, June 5th; topic: MYDO (Make Your Own Door—then open it!)


2019

A Sense of Place, International Encaustic Exhibition, Ice House Gallery
Monmouth University, West Long Branch, NJ
Co-Curator (with Lisa Pressman and Kathleen Curtis-Cosgrove) and Initiator 

2019, 2018 

Urban Coast Institute Faculty Project Grants for “Just Beachy/After Sandy,” $10,000


2017

Project Grant for“Just Beachy/After Sandy,” International Encaustic Artists, $1250         


Gold Award, Hermes Creative Awards, an international competition for creative

professionals involved in the concept, writing and design of traditional materials,
programs, and emerging technologies. category: Publication Overall “Bruce Dorfman: Past, Present—Paintings, Drawings and Combined Media” 
Client: Scott Knauer, Department of Art and Design, Monmouth University

Gold Award, Hermes Creative Awards, an international competition for creative
professionals involved in the concept, writing and design of traditional materials,
programs, and emerging technologies. category: Invitation “Taddei–Jacobs Wedding Invitation+Save the Date” Client: Kristin Taddei, Daniel Jacobs  
      
2016         
Platinum Award, Hermes Creative Awards, an international competition for creative professionals involved in the concept, writing and design of traditional materials, programs, and emerging technologies. category: Program Guide
“Passion, Purpose, Commitment – 40 Years of Social Work at Monmouth University,” Client: School of Social Work, Monmouth University

2015 
Gold Award, Collegiate Advertising Awards, "Passion, Purpose, Commitment
–40 Years of Social Work at Monmouth University,” 
category: annual report; group: 5001-10,000 students
Client: School of Social Work, Monmouth University, W. Long Branch, NJ
 
Gold Award, Marcom Awards, International Competition for Marketing and Communication Professionals. "Passion, Purpose, Commitment – 40 Years of Social Work at Monmouth University,” category: annual report
Client: School of Social Work, Monmouth University, W. Long Branch, NJ
 
2014 
Silver Award, 51st Annual Award Show, Art Directors Club of New Jersey for design and production of “Micah Williams Portrait Artist” 104 page exhibition catalogue for the Monmouth County Historical Association, Freehold, NJ
 
2013
Bronze Award, 50th Annual Award Show, Art Directors Club of New Jersey for design and production of “Faculty & Friends” exhibition catalogue to commemorate the opening of Rechnitz Hall, Monmouth University, West Long Branch, NJ Panelist/Presenter, AIGA Head, Heart, Hand International Design Conference, Minneapolis, MN

Poster Session/Participant, AIGA Head, Heart, Hand International Design Conference, Minneapolis, MN

2012
Special Recognition awarded for “And Then There Were Rocks” and “Rock Forest,” 14th Annual Abstract Juried International Art, Upstream People Gallery, Omaha, NE

Gold Award, 38th Annual Jasper Awards, category: “Special Purpose Print Material” for design and production of “19th century Maritime Art, Our History in Paintings”

“Pine on Sunset Trail – Dusk” selected for the permanent collection of the National Park Service

Special Recognition awarded for “Fordyce Faucet” and “Fordyce Beauty Parlor,” 14th Annual Photographic Processes Juried International Art Exhibition, Upstream People Gallery, Omaha, NE

Merit Award, 27th Annual Educational Advertising Awards for design and production of “19th century Maritime Art, Our History in Paintings”

Bronze Award, 49th Annual Award Show, Art Directors Club of New Jersey for design and production of “19th century Maritime Art, Our History in Paintings”

Juror, Congressional Arts Competition for High School Students, sponsored by Congressman Frank Pallone

Travel Grant for Artist Residency, Hot Springs National Park, Hot Springs, Arkansas, awarded by Monmouth University’s Travel, Grants, Sabbaticals Committee

2010
31st Annual Exhibition and Competition, co-sponsors: Monmouth County Arts Council and Monmouth Museum, January 16 through Feb 21, 2010
exhibited piece: “The Outcrop,” juror: Maura Lynch, Curatorial Assistant,
Museum of Modern Art, NY; $250 cash award


Exhibitions / Collections (partial list)

2020

Karen Bright—Throughline_Work on Paper, Jersey Shore Arts Center, NJ
Exhibition dates: October 23, 2020–March 1, 2021


41st Annual Juried Art Exhibition, Monmouth Museum, Lincroft, NJ
Exhibition dates: January 18–March 14, 2020
selected for exhibition: Sentient.map; international, juried
Juror: Grace Graupe-Pillard


2019

Karen Bright—Throughline and Just Beachy/After Sandy, DiMattio Gallery, West Long Branch, NJ

Exhibition dates: September 3–December 9, 2019


A Sense of Place in Contemporary Encaustic, Ice House Gallery, West Long Branch, NJ

Exhibition dates: September 20–December 9, 2019
selected for exhibition: Tree Fall


2018

39th Annual Juried Art Exhibition, Monmouth Museum, Lincroft, NJ
Exhibition dates: January 13–March 11, 2018
selected for exhibition: We All Like Cake; international, juried


Viewpoints 2018, Studio Montclair, Montclair, NJ
selected for exhibition: We All Like Cake; international, juried
Third Place Award, $250; Juror: Gary Schneider


2017

Black Tie (Optional), Adam Peck Gallery, Provincetown, MA
Exhibition dates: June 2 - June 6, 2017; selected for exhibition: The Big Grey_1; invitational curators: Marion Peck, Adam Peck

2016    
The Small Works Show, Harmon Gallery, Wellfleet, MA
Exhibition dates: November 25 - December 31, 2016
selected for exhibition: The Big Grey 1, 2, 3, 4; YellowBlue 1, 2, 3;
Spackle 1, 2; Whitewash 3; 
curator: Vincent Amicosante, artist/owner. invitational, juried
           
The Artist, The Critic or The Kid, East End Arts’ 5th Annual Nat'l Art Competition Riverhead, NY  Exhibition dates: August 5 – September 21, 2016
exhibited piece: The Pod; juror: “The Critic,” Joyce Beckenstein

Trending: Contemporary Art Now! Women’s Caucus for Art, Target Gallery

Torpedo Art Center, Alexandria, VA

Exhibition Dates: January 23, 2016–February 28, 2016
selected for exhibition: Petrified and New World Quadtych; juror: Elizabeth Garvey

Another Way of Keeping A Diary, San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, San Luis Obispo, CA
Exhibition Dates: November 20, 2015–January 31, 2016
selected for exhibition: Totem: And So It Goes; juror: David Limrite, curator: Ruta Saliklis

2015
5th Annual Juried Encaustic/Wax Exhibition, Encaustic Art Inst., Santa Fe, NM
Exhibition Dates: October 3-31, 2015; selected for exhibition: Cool & Golden (diptych)
juror: Bruce Helander, fellow, National Endowment for the Arts 

Force of Nature, Womens Caucus For Art/New Hampshire Chapter, Karl Dreup Art Gallery, Plymouth State University, Plymouth, NH
Exhibition Dates: July 9-August 14, 2015; exhibited piece: 100 Years: Irrelevance (5 panels)
juror: Judith K. Brodsky, WCA Lifetime Achievement Award, Distinguished Professor Emerita, Rutgers University

Contemporary Encaustic 2015, Royal Contemporary, Florence, CO
Exhibition Dates: July 31, 2015 through September 13, 2015; selected for exhibition: The Burn

juror: Susan M. Gibbons, curator: Lisa Steele


Art Department Faculty from Monmouth University and Brookdale Community College

Art Alliance of Monmouth County, Red Bank, NJ 

exhibited pieces: Untitled (Abstract 2), and Pod; invitational; curator: Colleen Lineberry

2014 
Poetry Bleeds Rust, members-only show, NAWA Gallery, New York, NY

selected for exhibition: The Burn; juror: Jenn Dierdorf


The Devil in the Straight Line, Bakehouse Art Center (Audrey Love Gallery) Miami, FL

selected for exhibition: Copper 2 and Cool & Golden
curators: Flo Bartell, Lola Baltzell, juror: Henning Haupt

 
4th Annual Juried Encaustic/Wax Exhibit, Encaustic Art Institute, Cerrillos, NM

selected for exhibition: 100 Years: Chart; juror: Merry Scully, New Mexico Museum of Art


Wax Effects, Art Central Gallery, San Luis Obispo, CA 

exhibited piece: Seven Feathers; curator: Eileen P. Goldenberg


2013
15th Annual Collage, Digital, Mixed Media Juried Online International Art

Upstream People Gallery, Omaha, NE  June 1 - May 31, 2014

selected for exhibition: Seven Feathers, Nugget_Knit, Nugget_Abstract, Nugget_Pink Sweater 1

2012
Faculty & Friends, Joan and Robert Rechnitz Hall Inaugural Exhibit
Monmouth University, West Long Branch, NJ

14th Annual Abstraction Juried Online International Art Exhibition, Upstream People Gallery Omaha, NE  October 1 - September 30, 2013
selected for exhibition: Cahoon Hollow – One, Cahoon Hollow – Two, And Then There

Were Rocks, and Rock Forest


14th Annual Photographic Processes Juried Online International Art Exhibition, 

Upstream People Gallery, Omaha, NE Sept 1 - Aug 31, 2013

selected for exhibition: Blue Mountain Storm, Garvin Trees #1, Garvin Trees #2, Goat Rock Tree, Fordyce Faucet, and Fordyce Beauty Parlor

National Park Service Permament Collection, Hot Springs Arkansas
Pine on Sunset Trail – Dusk commissioned into the National Park Service permanent collection

2011
Through Your Eyes: National Park Service Artists-in-Residence, An international, juried online exhibit featuring selected work from completed artist residencies.

Accepted piece, Look and See, digital output from original graphite drawing


9th Annual Color: Bold/Subtle International Online Juried Art Exhibition, Upstream People Gallery

Omaha, NE  December 1 2011 through November 30, 2012
exhibited pieces: All In, Cliff with Rock Line, Look and See, and Rockscape


2010
Ideas 2010: The Digital Narrative, International Digital Media Arts Association

Emily Carr University of Art & Design Vancouver, British Columbia
November 1 - 6, 2010; exhibited piece, Yes, Strings Attached (Are you tea or coffee), artist book

Ideas 2010 curator: Dena Elisabeth Eber, Bowling Green State University


31st Annual Exhibition and Competition, co-sponsors: Monmouth County Arts Council and Monmouth Museum, January 16 through February 21, 2010, exhibited piece, The Outcrop
juror: Maura Lynch, Curatorial Assistant, Museum of Modern Art, New York $250 cash award

Look and See selected for the permanent collection of the National Park Service

Petrified Forest, Arizona


2009
11th Annual Abstraction International Online Juried Art Exhibition, Upstream People Gallery Omaha, NE  October 1, 2009 - September 30, 2010
exhibited pieces: Abyss, Rocks II, and Rocks III


BAL National 2009 47th Annual Juried Exhibition

Beaumont Arts League, Beaumont, TX  March 1 -March 31, 2009
accepted piece: “Cracks and Bones II”

Faculty Exhibition, Ice House Gallery, Monmouth University
West Long Branch, New Jersey

2008
Transforming Matter, Caladan Gallery, Cambridge, MA
February 10 through April 9, 2008 

exhibited piece: Traktr


Faces X, 10th Annual Faces Juried Int’l Art Exhibition, Upstream People Gallery, Omaha, NE

Mar 1, 2008-Feb 28, 2009

exhibited pieces: Fiona and Ginger, Kierna, Zoë and Sprite; juror: Larry Bradshaw 

2006
Diving Into Digital, Bergen Museum of Art and Science, Paramus, NJ
March 15, 2006 - June 1, 2006
exhibited pieces: House for Frida Kahlo, House for Alfred Steiglitz, House for Pablo Neruda
juror: Natalia Kolodzei
 
Public Collections: Notes on Poetic Imagination, a limited edition, boxed collection of letterpress and lithographic prints, The New York Public Library, Rare Book Division, and in the collection of Lessing and Edith J. Rosenwald 


Residencies 

Artist in Residence, Weir Farm Art Alliance, Wilton, CT

One month artist residency, started 12 panels for one-person exhibit scheduled for Fall 2019

Residency included: open studio and gallery talk, both open to the public

 

Artist in Residence, Hot Springs National Park, Hot Springs, AR

Two-week artist residency resulting in 5 drawings and photographic research.
Residency included conducting a drawing workshop for the public and displaying work
at a gallery reception hosted by the Fordyce Visitor Center


Artist in Residence, Petrified Forest National Park, Petrified Forest, Arizona
Two-week artist residency resulting in 8 drawings and photographic research


Consulting (short list)

Monmouth University, Department of Art and Design, West Long Branch, NJ

Monmouth University, School of Social Work, West Long Branch, NJ

Monmouth County Historical Association, Freehold, New Jersey 
Monmouth University, Center for the Arts, W. Long Branch, NJ 
The New York Public Library, New York, NY 
Ciba-Geigy Pharmaceutical Corporation, Summit, NJ 
Grumman Corporate Technology, Bethpage, NY 
Urban Coast Institute, Monmouth University, W. Long Branch, NJ 
Office of Acad. Program Initiatives, Monmouth Univ., W. Long Branch, NJ 
800 and Ice House Galleries, Monmouth University, W. Long Branch, NJ 
Academy of Allied Health and Science, Neptune, NY 
Globespan Semiconductor, Red Bank, NJ
Cologne International Trade Fairs (KölnMesse), New York, NY 
Inheritance Gallery, Red Bank, NJ 
Karen Singer Architectural Ceramics, Inc., Philadelphia, PA 
Billi Clothing Company, Red Bank, NJ 
Susan Berke Gallery, New York, NY 
Paramax, Red Bank, NJ 
Art and Attic, Red Bank, NJ 
Rooney’s Ocean Crab House, Long Branch, NJ 
Red Hawk Productions, Inc., Red Bank, NJ 
The Laughing Bean Coffee Bar and Comedy Club, Red Bank, NJ 
Rutgers, The State Univ. of NJ, Dept. of Art & Design, Newark, NJ


Consulting / Pro Bono

Unitarian Universalist District Metro New York, NY 
Temple Beth O’r/Beth Torah, Clark, NJ
Lesson Laboratory, Lincroft, NJ
Barnegat Bay Watershed and Estuary Foundation, Toms River, NJ
Artistic Discovery, Congressional District Art Competition, NJ
Vincent S. Mastro Montessori Academy, Little Silver, NJ 
Art Alliance of Monmouth County, Red Bank, NJ
Printmaking Council of New Jersey, Somerset, NJ
The GentleHawk Foundation, Atlantic Highlands, NJ
Manhattan Punch Line Theater, New York, NY