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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 President 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

The artist in her studio

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