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Karen Eileen Frey

Karen Eileen Frey

Female 1946 -  (75 years)

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  • Name Karen Eileen Frey  [1
    Born 1946  Columbus, Franklin Cnty, OH Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Female 
    Occupation Artist 
    Occupation Education - Univ. art & art history professor 
    Person ID I1974  SnoufferCampbell
    Last Modified 10 Jul 2014 

    Family Daniel Paul Snouffer,   b. 12 Oct 1944, Columbus, Franklin Cnty, OH Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Married 8 Jun 1968  Worthington, Franklin Cnty, OH Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
     1. Tyler John Snouffer,   b. 9 Nov 1970, Toledo, OH Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 50 years)
    Last Modified 5 Dec 2009 
    Family ID F577  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Karen Frey Snouffer (Dec 2000)
    Karen Frey Snouffer (Dec 2000)

  • Notes 
    • Karen is a professor of art and art history at Kenyon College, Gambier, OH. "Prior to teaching at Kenyon, she was an adjunct instructor of Baldwin-Wallace College and Cleveland State University. Her work has been exhibited throughout Ohio and in Buffalo, New York, and Provincetown, Massachusetts.... In 1996 she was an artist-in-residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito, California, and in 1995 she was a residency fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown." (accessed Apr 2000)

      According to the Ohio Arts Council, Karen attended Ohio State University and received her B.S. degree in 1968 and her M.F.A. in 1987; her masters dissertation was entitled ATTAINING AESTHETIC AND INTERNAL INTIMACY (1987).

      She received an Ohio Arts Council Professional Development Grant in 1997, and the OAC's Individual Artist Fellowships in 1989 and 1992. Major showings include: "Wrapping It Up," Colonial Gallery, Cleveland, OH, 1991; "Women's Voices," Mather Gallery, Case Western Reserve Univ., Cleveland, 1993; "Mainly Sticks & Stones," Miami Univ. Art Museum, Oxford, OH, 1993; "Provincial Incongruities," Hudson D. Walker Gallery, Provincetown, MA, 1995; and "Home Grown," Westin Art Gallery, Cincinnati, 1997.

      A summer residency in 1995 at the Fine Arts Work center in Provincetown, MA, changed her focus from ritual and ceremony to studying "American utensil junk." She says that the "pervasiveness of tools, gadgets and utensils has a significant impact upon our identity" and that her "resulting work is meant to convey my humorous, though critical, visual perceptions of the surreal, manufactured environment that surrounds us...."

      In Spring, 2000, she participated in a faculty art exhibit at Kenyon College, Olin Art Gallery. A news release stated: "Snouffer's exhibit, 'Penetration,' is a series of paintings presented as a large-scale grouping meant to confront the viewer physically. An installation artist, Snouffer creates paintings that contain painted objects representing a wide spectrum of situations. The objects include birth-control-pill dispensers, a grout scraper, hot-water bottles, masses of tubing, nozzles, a pestle, and television antennae, just to name a few."

      In the Fall of 2000, she contributed to an exhibition at the Denison Univ. Art Gallery, Granville, OH, where she constructed a display of "American utensil junk." She "created an installation using and portraying the objects of everyday life, titled 'Extraordinary Father, Ordinary Objects.' For 21st century visitors to Snouffer's exhibit, these familiar and nostalgic objects form a different sort of landscape. Snouffer's abstraction and exaggeration of objects such as hair-dryer diffusers and rotating clothes racks impress upon the viewer the extent to which these objects have become part of a virtual 'material landscape' of a commercial and material culture."

      Karen's website is: .

  • Sources 
    1. [S92] John Snouffer|, John Irving Snouffer, "Family History Reports" & Emails: 2000-2011, (John I. Snouffer, 807 Loch Lomond Ln, Worthington, OH 43085; Email: ).

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