James Karsina

James Karsina

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James Karsina

Born in Winona, Minnesota and raised in the Mississippi River Valley, James Karsina developed a connection with the power and beauty of the natural environment unique to the Midwest. Painting for over forty years, he has both a Master of Arts Degree and a Master of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Iowa. For twenty-five years he taught art at the collegiate level in Michigan until leaving academia in 1997 to pursue painting full time.

Karsina's paintings are alive with the spirit and spontaneity of nature. He uses a vibrant palette and lyrical line-work to create a sense of vigorous and undulating movement. If perceived on an abstract level, his landscapes dissolve into an exciting division of color, space, and activity. The paintings are more than a response to a picturesque scene; they reveal their own personality.

James Karsina is the recipient of several awards and has exhibited widely, including a thirty-year retrospective exhibition at the Grand Rapids Art Museum. In addition to his representation in museums and universities, his work is included in over forty corporate collections and more than 350 private collections.


James Karsina • Statement

The paintings seem to have an organic growth; organic is the root of organization and certainly the process is one of organizing thoughts, feelings, intuitions, and the visual elements into a dynamic and communicable whole while at the same time not denying spontaneity and improvisation.


James Karsina • Biography

EDUCATION

1969
Post-Master of Fine Arts in Art History, University of Minnesota, Minnesota

1965
 
Master of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa

1964
Master of Arts in Painting and Drawing, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa

1961
Bachelor of Science, Winona State University, Winona, Minnesota

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2016
"sELECTED Works", LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, Michigan

"Toast", LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, Michigan

"Everyone in the Pool", LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, Michigan

"Collective Alchemy", LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, Michigan

2015
"Let's Get Started", LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, Michigan

"Look Out", LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, Michigan
   
"Everyone in The Pool", LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, Michigan

“Lookie Here”, LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, Michigan

2014
“Annual Fall Celebration”, LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, Michigan

“URBAN/RURAL Michigan Outlook”, LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, Michigan

“Unusual Suspects”, LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, Michigan

“Hop Skip & a Jump”, LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, Michigan

2013   
"Contemporaries: Then and Now | The Gordon Collection & West Michigan Painters", Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University,
Grand Rapids, MI

“In Retrospect”, solo exhibition, LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, Michigan

2012   
“25 Year Gala”, LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, Michigan

“LG-Group”, LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, Michigan

“Color Context”, LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, Michigan

“Fresh Squeezed and Locally Grown”, LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, Michigan

“Act II”, LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, Michigan

Exhibition in Mayor's Suite, City Hall, Grand Rapids, Michigan

2011    
“Come Out and Play”, LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, Michigan

“Fall at the Lakeshore”, LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, Michigan

“Summer Fun”, LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, Michigan

“Opening Celebration”, LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, Michigan

2009   
“Good News, New Goods”, LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, Michigan

2007   
Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, “30th Anniversary Show,” Group Exhibition, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Grand Rapids Art Museum, “Mathis Alten and Artists of Michigan,” Group Exhibition, Grand Rapids, Michigan

2006
"Karsina," LaFontsee Galleries, Solo Exhibition, Grand Rapids, Michigan

2005
"Brushworks," LaFontsee Galleries, Two-Person Exhibition, Grand Rapids, Michigan

"Dark Side/ Bright Side," Fountain Street Church, Solo Exhibition, Grand Rapids, Michigan

2004
Ann Arbor Art Center, Solo Exhibition, Ann Arbor, Michigan

"Gifts of Art Show," Solo Exhibition, University Hospital, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Fountain Street Church, Art Auction Show, Grand Rapids, Michigan

2003
"Holiday Muse," LaFontsee Galleries, Group Exhibition, Grand Rapids, Michigan

"...plotted and pieced...," LaFontsee Galleries, Solo Exhibition, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Lowell Area Invitational, Lowell Area Art Center, Lowell, Michigan

"Michigan Artists From the Permanent Collection," Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, Michigan

Summer Invitational, Park Congregational Church, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Synchronicity Gallery, Glen Arbor, Michigan; Gallery representation of Paintings

"Sites: Second Sight," Solo Show, Hankins Gallery, East Lansing, Michigan

2002
Solo Show, Park Congregational Church, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Group Exhibition, LaFontsee Galleries' Fifteenth Anniversary Celebration, LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, Michigan

"Light to Dark," Two-Person Show, LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, Michigan

2001
"Winter Presents…" Group Show, LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids Michigan

"Common Ground," Three-Person Show, LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids Michigan

Group Landscape Painting Show, Frederik Meijer Gardens, Grand Rapids, Michigan

"Featured Artist," Solo Show, Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Representation in Synchronicity Gallery, Glen Arbor, Michigan

2000
"Michigan Artist James Karsina," Solo Show, Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan

"Improvisations," Solo Show, LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, Michigan

1999
Detroit Artist's Market, Detroit, Michigan; Gallery representation of Paintings

"Scene and Unseen," Three-Person Show, LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, Michigan

"Michael Pfleghaar and James Karsina," Two-Person Show, Grand Rapids Art Museum Sales & Rental Gallery, Grand Rapids, Michigan

"8 Landscape Artists," Group Show, Frederik Meijer Gardens, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Solo Show, Hankins Gallery, East Lansing, Michigan 

Two-Person Show, Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Group Show, Spectrum Health Downtown Campus, Grand Rapids, Michigan

1998
"Celebration '98," Juried Show, First United Methodist Church, Grand Rapids, Michigan

"Quinn/ Karsina," Two-Person Show, Lansing Art Gallery, Lansing, Michigan

Poetry/Art Group Show, Fountain Street Church, Grand Rapids, Michigan

"Botanical Images & Small Expressions," Juried Show, Award, Lansing Art Gallery, Lansing, Michigan

"Metamorphosis," Group Show, LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, Michigan

"New Work," Group Show, LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Two-Person Show, Ann Arbor Art Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Solo Show, C. S. Mott Community College, Flint, Michigan

1997
"Nature Brueghelesque," A National Juried Exhibition for which three large works were chosen, Clark Gallery, Fernwood Botanic Garden, Niles, Michigan

"The New Regionalism," Traveling Show, Five Michigan Cities

"New Work," Group Show, LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, Michigan

"Personal Perspectives," Two-Person Show, LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, Michigan

"Come and Be Heard: An Exhibition of Visual Responses to Women's Issues," Juried Show, Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids, Michigan

"Still Saying Goodbye: An Exhibition of Drawings of the Aging Process," Solo Show, Marywood Gallery in the Dominican Center, Grand Rapids, Michigan

"Small Works," Group Show, Grand Rapids Art Museum Sales & Rental Gallery, Grand Rapids, Michigan

1996
Thirty-Year Retrospective Exhibition, Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids, Michigan

"Art, Technology and Transformation of Community Exhibition," Invitational Show, East Lansing, Michigan; One of ten artists chosen from across the Midwest

"Visual Culture and Science Since the Enlightenment" Symposium, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, Michigan; Paper read at symposium; Large work exhibited 

"Tornado Warning!" Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, Michigan; Large work selected for group show

"Flora 96 Chicago Botanic Garden," Chicago, Illinois
Lowell Area Competitive Show, Best of Show, Lowell, Michigan

Gallery Group Show, Holland, Michigan

1995-1993 
Invitational Show, Fountain Street Church, Grand Rapids, Michigan 

Solo Exhibit, La Rive Gallery, South Haven, Michigan

Two-Person Show, Paint Creek Center for the Arts, Rochester, Michigan

"67th Annual West Michigan Juried Competition," Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, Michigan

Two-Person Show, Michigan Commerce Department, Lansing, Michigan

"Self-Portrait Invitational," Muskegon Community College, Muskegon, Michigan

"All Michigan/All Media," Krasl Art Center, St. Joseph, Michigan

"7th Annual West Michigan Lowell Area Competition," Lowell, Michigan 

Michigan Fine Arts Competition, Birmingham, Michigan

"Regional 66," West Michigan Juried Competition, Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, Michigan

"Festival '93," Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids, Michigan

"Four-Person Inaugural Exhibition," Urban Institute of Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids, Michigan

"25th Anniversary Exhibition," The Art Center, Mount Clements, Michigan

Great Lakes Regional Art Exhibition, Midland, Michigan

1992-1980
GVSU-TV Public Television Auction Exhibition, Grand Rapids, Michigan; Juror's Award

Group Show, Fountain Street Church, Grand Rapids, Michigan 

WGVC-TV Public Television Pre-auction Exhibit, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Permanent Collection Exhibit, DePree Gallery, Hope College, Holland, Michigan

Grant Show - Painting and Photography, Aquinas College, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Hefner Galleries Ltd., Grand Rapids, Michigan

Race Street Gallery, Grand Rapids, Michigan; Large show of forty paintings

Auction 35, WGVC-TV, Annual Public Television Fund-raising, Grand Rapids, Michigan; Painting selected for Premiere Auction and Reproduction

"Invitational Drawing Show," Muskegon Community College, Muskegon, Michigan

"Nuclear Armament Strategic Weapons, The Artist's Vision," University Art Gallery, Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan

Artists for Nuclear Disarmament, Race Street Gallery, 
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Solo Show, Creative Arts Gallery, Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan

Solo Show, Muskegon Community College, Muskegon, Michigan

"Annual West Michigan Juried Competition," Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, Michigan

Ferris State College Art Gallery, Big Rapids, Michigan

"Michigan Artists Competition," Battle Creek, Michigan

"Corporate Art Show," Grand Rapids Arts Museum, Grand Rapids, Michigan

"Renaissance '81," Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids, Michigan

"Ethno-Art," Bank of Commerce, Hamtramck, Michigan; Purchase Award

"Michigan Fine Arts Competition," Birmingham, Michigan

"Heritage '89," Art Competition, Bank of Commerce, Hamtramck, Michigan

1979-1967
"Invitational Group Show," Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan

"Invitational Group Show," Hope College, Grand Rapids, Michigan

"Invitational Show," Grand Valley State University, Allendale, Michigan

One-Person Show, Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids, Michigan

"Annual West Michigan Juried Competition," Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, Michigan; Award

"Calder Festival," Grand Rapids, Michigan

"All Michigan Show," Grand Rapids, Michigan

"Area Competitive Art Show," Charles H. MacNider Museum, Mason City, Iowa; Juror's Award, 1969; Best in Show, 1968

"Minnesota State Art Show," St. Paul, Minnesota; Juror's Award

Drawings U.S.A., St. Paul Art Center, St. Paul Minnesota; Drawing selected -1967 for international two-year tour of American drawings

"National Polymer Exhibition," Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan

"5th Minnesota Artist Biennial," Minneapolis Institute of the Arts, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Eighth, Ninth, and Tenth Annual Exhibition of Prints and Drawings, Oklahoma Art Center, Oklahoma; Drawing Purchase Award, 1967 

"National Art Show," Las Vegas, Nevada

HONORS AND AWARDS

1999 
Painting reproduced in Washrenaw County's 1999 Arts Guide

1998
Award, "Botanical Images & Small Expressions," Juried Show, Lansing Art Gallery, Lansing, Michigan 

Painting featured on cover of On-The-Town Magazine, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Cover for Tessera, the Dominican quarterly magazine 
Museum Lecture, Mathias Alten Show, Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids, Michigan

1996
Best of Show, Lowell Area Competitive Show, Lowell, Michigan

Honor, two paintings accepted into the Grand Rapids Art Museum collection, Grand Rapids, Michigan 

Lecture: Luminist Landscapes, Kalamazoo Art Center, Kalamazoo, Michigan

Paper read; Large work exhibited, "Visual Culture and Science Since the Enlightenment" Symposium, GVSU, Allendale, Michigan;

One of ten Artists selected for commission; West Michigan Priority Health, Grand Rapids, Michigan 

1995
Honor, Sabbatical Exhibition, AMC Gallery, Aquinas College, Grand Rapids, Michigan

1993
Honorable Mention, All Michigan/All Media 1993, Krasl Art Center, St. Joseph, Michigan

Best of Show, 7th Annual West Michigan, Lowell Area Competition, Lowell, Michigan

1992
Juror's Award, GVSU-TV Public Television Auction Exhibition, Grand Rapids, Michigan

1990 
Honor, Grant Show, Painting and Photography, Aquinas College, Grand Rapids, Michigan

1987
Painting selected for Premiere Auction and Reproduction, Auction 35, WGVC-TV, Annual Public Television Fund-raising, Grand Rapids, Michigan

1986 
Inaugural Show with ceramist, Grand Rapids Art Museum Sales and Rental Gallery, Grand Rapids, Michigan 

1985 
Sabbatical Show of Paintings, AMC Gallery, Aquinas College, Grand Rapids, Michigan 

1983
Purchase Award, Finalist, "Ethno-Art," Bank of Commerce, Hamtramck, Michigan

Best of Show Award, Annual West Michigan Juried Competition, Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, Michigan

1982
Juror's Special Mention, Calder Festival '82, Grand Rapids, Michigan

1981
2nd Prize Painting, "Renaissance '81," Grand Rapids Art Museum, Michigan

1979
Award, Annual West Michigan Juried Competition, Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, Michigan

1978
Award, Annual West Michigan Juried Competition, Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, Michigan

1976
Honor, One-Person Show, Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids, Michigan

1969 
Juror's Award, "Area Competitive Art Show," Charles MacNider Museum, Mason City, Iowa 

1968
Best in Show Award, "Area Competitive Art Show," Charles H. MacNider Museum, Mason City, Iowa
Juror's Award, Minnesota State Art Show, St. Paul, Minnesota

Drawing selected for international two-year tour of American drawings, Drawings U.S.A., St. Paul Art Center, St. Paul, Minnesota

1967
Drawing Purchase Award, 9th Annual Exhibition of Prints 
and Drawings, Oklahoma Art Center, Oklahoma

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

1997-1970
Drawing, Painting, and Art History Professor, Aquinas College, Grand Rapids, Michigan

1969-1966
Chair, Drawing, Painting, and Art History, Lea College, Albert Lea, Minnesota

Frequent lectures at various regional art institutions, including:

1998
"Mathias Alten," Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids, Michigan;

"Luminist Landscapes," Kalamazoo Art Center, Kalamazoo, Michigan

SELECTED COLLECTIONS

Aquinas College, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Attwood Corporation, Lowell Michigan

Auto Cam, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Bank of Commerce, Hamtramck, Michigan

Custer Office Environment, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Daverman Associates, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Gilda's Club, Grand Rapids, Michigan

The Frey Foundation

Ferris State College, Big Rapids, Michigan

Hamilton Shannahan and Associates Inc., Grand Rapids, Michigan

Haviland Products, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Hope College, Holland, Michigan

Muskegon Community College, Muskegon Michigan

Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, Michigan

Muskegon Public Schools, Muskegon, Michigan

Oklahoma Art Center, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Ottawa County, Michigan

Priority Health of West Michigan, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Haworth Company Offices, Naples, Florida

Spectrum Health Downtown Campus, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Spectrum Health East Campus, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Steelcase Corporation, Grand Rapids, Michigan; Boston, Massachusetts; New York, New York

Saint Mary's Hospital, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Union Bank and Trust Co., Grand Rapids, Michigan 

University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa

Warner, Norcross & Judd, Grand Rapids and Detroit, Michigan

Waters Corporation, Grand Rapids, Michigan

WGVC-TV, Channel 35, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Private Collections throughout the United States, Canada, and France

SELECTED COMMISSIONS

Priority Health, 1996

Private Commissions, 1990

Attwood Corporation, 1989

Steelcase Corporation, 1986

Aquinas College, 1986