Contemporary Painter

About Karen: American Abstract Artist


Karen Silve


Selected Solo and Group Exhibitions


  • Karen Silve: Transitions, May 4 - June 15th, Calloway Fine Art and Consulting, Washington DC

  • Summer Interlude: A Celebration of Color, Summer, 2019, Calloway Fine Art and Consulting, Washington DC

  • Art in Embassies - Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei, 2019-2021


  • Karen Silve: Conversations, April 21 - May 26th, Cynthia Reeves, Walpole, NH

  • Art New York, Pier 94, NYC, with CYNTHIA-REEVES – Booth ANY301, May 3-6.

  • Year in Review, January 13th - February 9th, Susan Calloway Fine Art, Washington DC


  • Major Works - Large Paintings from the Annex, December 19th - January 12th, 2018, Susan Calloway Fine Art, Washington DC

  • Karen Silve: Beijing Trees, May 5th - June 3rd. Artist Talk, May 6th, 4-5pm. Susan Calloway Fine Art, Washington DC

  • Women Painters, featuring Jane Booth, Mel Davis, & Karen Silve, April 8th - May 21st, Madison Gallery, La Jolla, CA


  • London Art Fair, London, January 2016 with the Mark Jason Gallery


  • Karen Silve – Contemporary Abstractions from the Pacific Northwest, November 20th 2015 – January 30th 2016, Knight Webb Gallery, London

  • American Gestural, March 21 - May 31 2015, Hubert Gallery, NYC

  • Karen Silve - Memories: The In-Between, Susan Calloway Fine Art, Washington DC


  • The AAF, London with Mark Jason Gallery, and New York with Portland Fine Art

  • DC Design House 2014 – Washington DC


  • K Silve: Found Meditations, Susan Callaway Fine Arts, Washington DC

  • Sketches of Time, Abstract Expressonism Now – Knight Webb Gallery, London

  • A Gift of Art - Hubert Gallery, New York, NY

  • The AAF, Hong Kong and Singapore - Mark Jason Gallery, London


  • K Silve: Synaesthetic Impressions, Susan Callaway Fine Arts, Washington DC

  • Abstract - Group Exhibition, Gallery KH, Chicago, IL

  • The AAF, New York City (2010, 2011 and 2012) - Portland Fine Art, Portland OR


  • Synaesthetic Impressions – K Silve, Texas A&M University, MSC Forsyth Center Gallery

  • Within Nature – K Silve, Visual Art Center of Northwest Florida

  • K Silve, Gallery KH, Chicago, IL

  • Art in Embassies - Doha, Qatar (2009-2011)

  • Art Hamptons, Bridgehampton, NY - Turner Barnes Gallery


  • K Silve - West Linn Public Library, West Linn, OR

  • 28th Annual Visual Art Showcase Exhibition - Beaverton Public Library, Beaverton, OR

  • Art for Life, Oregon Convention Center - Portland, OR (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010)


  • First Thursday - Thursday’s Art Gallery - Portland, OR

  • Group Exhibition - Heidi McBride Gallery - Portland, OR

  • Holiday Show - Anka Gallery - Portland, OR


  • Portland Art Open - Open Studio - Portland, OR


  • K Silve - Hunter Kirkland Contemporary - Santa Fe, NM

  • Karen Silve, New Works - Lawrence Gallery - Salishan, OR

  • Holiday Exhibition - Hunter Kirkland Contemporary - Santa Fe, NM

  • Something Red - Artists in Action Juried Exhibition, Historic District - Salem, OR

  • Lake Oswego Chronicle Invitational - Lake Oswego, OR


  • A New Look at the Cellist, Lawrence Gallery - Portland, OR

  • The Art of Music, Mills Pond House Gallery, NY

  • Lancaster County Art Association Art Exhibition - PA

  • Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts - Lake Oswego, OR


  • Karen Silve - Exhibition at the Portland Center for the Performing Arts - OR

  • Karen Silve - New Works - Lawrence Gallery - Portland, OR


  • New Works Inspired by Music - Lawrence Gallery - Portland, OR

  • Karen Silve - Gallery Oscar - Sun Valley, ID


  • Les Violoncellistes - La Maure - Provence, France

  • Les Violoncellistes - Roche Bobois - Portland, OR

  • Street of Dreams - Portland, OR

  • Parade of Homes - Vancouver, WA

  • Fresh Paint - Belinki & Duprey Art Gallery - Portland, OR


  • Musician Series - Belinki & Duprey Art Gallery - Portland, OR

  • Musicians - The Blue Monk - Portland, OR


  • The Institute for American Universities Leo Marchutze Gallery - Aix-en-Provence, France


  • Juried Art Show - Jemison-Carnegie Heritage Hall - Talladega, AL

  • New Works - Tuscaloosa Performing Art Center - Tuscaloosa, AL



“Casual Chic, A design team brings form and function to a faded house in Foxhall Crescent” by Catherine Funkhouser. Photography by Gordon Beall, Home & Design, January/February 2016 issue, Page 149

“Creative License Living Room, cues from a famed fashion house result in a dynamic design by Robert Passal Featuring sumptuous fabrics and stand out colors”, LUXE Interior & Design Magazine™, September/October 2015 Palm Beach issue, page 246

Art in Embassies, U.S. Department of State, “Monterrey Mexico, Art Collection of the U.S. Consulate General”, 2015, pages 4, 56 and 57.           

“Modern Classic: Edda Elias Injects a Fun, Fresh Aesthetic into and Old-World Apartment in the Landmarked Apthorp” New York Spaces Magazine, May/June 2014

"Tranquil Relief Through Nature, The art of Kaiser Permanente Westside Medical Center”, 100 page art book of their permanent collection. Kaiser Permanente® thrive, 2013

“K Silve: Synaesthetic Impressions” a review by Mark Jenkins, The Washington Post, Friday, May 18, 2012

“Marshal Arts” Traditional Home Magaizine, April 2012

United States Department of State, 2012 desk calendar featuring my work, one of fifty two Art in Embassy Program exhibition artists.

“River North” featured artwork, Chicago News Gallery, April-August 2011, Vol. 26

“Almost Live: Cascade AIDS Project Art Auction’s New Digs a Hit” by Richard Speer, Willamette Week, News and Culture, May 4th, 2010

United States Embassy Doha, Qatar, Art in Embassies Exhibition Catalog by Camille Benton, Curator. Published by the ART in Embassies Program, US Department of State, Washington, DC, April 2009

 "Studio Art Direct shares research on art for senior care" by Studio Art Direct, Art Scuttlebutt powered by Art Calendar, September 4, 2009

“On view: Portland Art Open” by D.K. Rowe, The Oregonian, September 25th, 2008

“Eye on Design” Editors “Hot Picks”, Portrait of Portland, Vol. 15, Summer 2008

“Which way is Up”, by Rebecca Herren, Pelican Post, Winter 2007

“Notable Impressions” CD by Musician Michael Allen Harrison, 2006. A CD of music inspired by art including Silve's artwork titled “Oisin”.

“Blindfolding the Nearsightedness of the Body” by Christopher A. Keller, published 2006. A book of poetry which includes one poem about Silve's artwork titled, “Violincelliste I”.

“On The Road”, Eugene Weekly, June 24, 2004



2011    Artist Residency, Texas A&M University
           Professional Development Grant, Regional Arts and Culture Council
2007   Third Place, Juried Art Exhibition, Historic District - Salem, OR
1994   Best in Show, Jemison-Carnegie Heritage Hall - Talledega, AL
1992   Scholarship, University of Denver
1988   Scholarship, University of Alabama
1987   Scholarship, Shelton State Community College



Undergraduate Studies: University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa Alabama, BFA
Graduate Studies: University of Denver, Denver Colorado
Painting School: The Institute for American Universities, Leo Martchutz School, Aix-en-Provence, France

writingsKaren Silve