Karen landed in Taos in the 80’s after living in Central and South America, and the Caribbean for l2 years. Now living in a tiny village in the foothills of Northern New Mexico, her art continues to be influenced by the local culture and her love of the land. She paints what is framed in an open door, the view outside her window, a walk along the acequia or down her dirt road. Past P
resident of the Taos Watercolor Society, Karen has exhibited in the U.S. and abroad and her work is found in private collections internationally. 

University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, Art Education, 1971-73
Private with Liliana Neret, oils, Managua, Nicaragua, 1975-78
Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, College of Fine Arts, 1979-81 Middlesex College, Edison, New Jersey, Certificate Program in Art and Design, 1981-82
Private with Lidia Mussachio, Sumi-e, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1984-86 Student Art League, Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, 1986-89
Workshops with Deborah Reeve, Phyllis Rutigliano, Maggie McClellan, Robert Calrow, Pat Conroy, Judi Betts  

Alianza Francesa, Managua, Nicaragua, 1977
U.S. Information Service, American Embassy, Managua, Nicaragua, 1978
Galeria Cesar Tacco, Quito, Ecuador, 1983
The Lincoln Museum Exhibition of International Art, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1985
The Pueryrredon Historical Museum, San Isidro, Argentina, 1986
The U. S. Embassy, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1986
Student Art League, Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, 1987 (Award)
Gonzalez Padin, Santurce, Puerto Rico, 1988
The University of Puerto Rico, Arecibo, Puerto Rico, 1988
Bristol-Myers Corporation, Barceloneta, Puerto Rico, 1988
Redondo Gallery, Carolina, Puerto Rico, 1988
Redondo-Gomez Gallery, Condado, Puerto Rico, 1988
MWS, Metropolitan Museum and Art Center, Coral Gables, Florida, 1988
Institudo de Culturo, Museo del Grabado Latinoamericano, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 1989
MWS, Dade Junior College, Miami, Florida, 1989 (Award)
Citibank Center, Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico, 1989
Harvard Club, Second Biennial of Puerto Rican Art, Ponce Art Museum, 1989
Amor y Luz Gallery, solo show, 1990
Stables Gallery, member shows
Blumenschein Museum Show, Taos, 2009
Costilla Studio Tours-Ongoing
Taos Fall Arts Festival- Ongoing
Grand Bohemian Gallery, El Monte Sagrado, solo show, Taos, 2011
Grand Bohemian Gallery, El Monte Sagrado, Taos, two person show, 2012
Taos Watercolor Society at Millicent Rogers Museum, Taos, 2013
Canon City Art Center, group show, Canon City CO, 2014
The Old Taos County Courthouse, Taos Watercolor Society Show, Taos 2015
Taos Artisans Gallery, solo show, 2015
Hearts & Stars Miniature Show, Wilder Nightingale Fine Art- Ongoing 
Millicent Rogers Museum, Winter Miniature Show- Ongoing
"Watercolor Seasons" Blumenschein Museum, 2016 
Farmhouse Cafe, two person show, 2016
First International Watercolor Bienniale, International Watercolor Society Show, Quito, Ecuador 2017 
"Best of the Southwest", Stables Gallery, August 16-23, 2017 

Taos Artisans Gallery, Member 1991-2015
Taos National Watercolor Society, 2011-Current
Las Comadres Gallery, 2016-Current


Karen McCurtain-Blair
Karen McCurtain-Blair
The artist in her studio
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