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CONTACT: Bruce Smith
Public Information Officer
(310) 434-4209
DATE: October 11, 2004


Karlsen Awarded Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Fellowship
Santa Monica College art professor Anne Marie Karlsen has been awarded a fellowship by the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, a bucolic site in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains where she will spend three weeks early next year pursuing new art work.

Karlsen, a Westchester resident, will be among approximately 20 Fellows at the working retreat for visual artists, writers and composers in Amherst, Va. She will be provided a private bedroom, private studio and three prepared meals a day, as well as optional group activities in the evenings.

This is the second time Karlsen has won a fellowship to the center, and she plans to spend three weeks in late January and early February working on a project that combines watercolor painting with digital images, based on photos she has taken on a recent trip to Norway.

“It will be exciting to have the opportunity for experimentation and pure creative investigation,” she said.
Highlights from Karlsen's career include multiple grants, public commissions, and purchase awards. Her work is in the public collections of the Brooklyn Museum, The Fogg Art Museum, The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Carnegie Museum of Art and the Lannan Foundation, among others. She was commissioned to create the artwork at the North Hollywood Red Line Metro station and to create a hand-sculpted, ceramic water feature at Paseo Colorado in Pasadena.

Karlsen, who has been teaching at SMC since 1986, received her Bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and her Master’s and Master’s of Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin in Madison.

Serving more than 300 artists a year, the VCCA is one of the nation’s largest year-round artists’ communities. VCCA Fellows have received worldwide attention through publications, exhibitions, compositions, performances and major awards and accolades, including MacArthur grants, Pulitzer Prizes, Academy Award nominations, Guggenheim Fellowships, National Endowment for the Arts awards and more.

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