Karen Savage-Blue

Biography 

Karen Savage-Blue is an enrolled member of the Fond du Lac Band of Ojibwe. She attended the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe and received a Bachelor's Degree in Art Education K-12 from the University of Minnesota Duluth and a Masters in Education from the Santa Fe University of Art and Design. Her work has been featured in many state, regional, and national exhibitions, as well as in local and national publications. Karen’s paintings explore themes of internal reflection, identifying with nature, and exposing transitions from human to natural forms. She also depicts nature in its raw form, creating a platform where thoughts and emotions overcome the tendency to decipher meaning. It is art to be seen, felt and listened to. 

Collections

Exhibition Highlights

2019 Bring Her Home Traveling Exhibit, All My Relations Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

2015 AASEMA Vessel of Connection, Dr. Robert Powless Cultural Center, Duluth, MN

2015 Anawe Mitigookweg Akiminan; A Circle of Woodland Women, Big Fork, MN

2015 "Spirit" Solo Exhibit, Duluth Art Institute Duluth, MN 

2015 Into the Peripheral, Group Exhibit, Dr. Robert Powless Cultural Center, Duluth, MN

2015 Small Works, The Red Mug, Superior, WI

2015 Solo Exhibit, Lyric Center for the Arts, Virginia, MN 

2015 Annual Membership Show, Duluth Art Institute, Duluth, MN 

2014 The 60th Arrowhead Regional Biennial Juried Exhibit, Duluth Art Institute

2014  “From the Collection” North Shore Bank of Commerce, Duluth, MN 

2014  “Princess of the Pond” Solo Exhibit, Dr. Robert Powless Cultural Center, Duluth, MN

2014 “On Fertile Ground” Juried Exhibit, All My Relations Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

2014 “NWBZW Creations” Group Show, Dr. Robert Powless Cultural Center, Duluth, MN

2014 “Landscapes of N MN” Solo Exhibit, Dr. Robert Powless Cultural Center, Duluth, MN

2014 Systems Office Art Exhibit, MNSCU, St. Paul, MN 

2012 OWAG Art Exhibit, FDLTCC, Cloquet, MN 

2010 “Art Traditions of the Anishinabe” (solo exhibit), Madeline Island Museum 

2010 “American Indian Scholarship Art Exhibit”, Kruk Gallery, Superior, WI

2009 American Indian Art Exhibit (featured artist), Kruk Gallery, Superior, WI

2008 American Indian Art Exhibit, Kruk Gallery, Superior, WI

2008 Solo Exhibit, North Shore Bank of Commerce, Cloquet, MN

2007 American Indian Art Exhibit, Kruk Gallery, Superior, WI

2006 American Indian Art Exhibit, Kruk Gallery, Superior, WI

2005 “Indigenous Peoples Art Market”, Ziibiwing Center, Mt. Pleasant, MC

2004 “Indian Market”, Santa Fe, NM

2003 Pueblo Grande Artist Market, Phoenix, AZ

2003 “Three Savage Sisters” Group Exhibit, Duluth Art Institute, Duluth, MN 

2003 “Passing Traditions”, Jacques Art Center, Aitkin, MN

  • 50+ pieces, Fond du Lac Min-No-Aya-Win Clinic in Cloquet, MN 

  • 16 pieces, Tweed Museum of Art in Duluth, MN 

  • North Shore Bank of Commerce in Cloquet, MN  

  • Minnesota Historical Society permanent collection

  • Fond du Lac Reservation, Cloquet, MN 

  • “Our Journey” children’s book illustrations

Murals

  • 8x20' Mural Mash-Ka-Wisen Treatment Center Interior Mural, Sawyer, MN  

  • 32x12' Fond du Lac Ojibwe School, Exterior Mural 

  • 8x10' Edison Charter School Interior Mural, Duluth, MN

Drawing and painting the landscape creates a unique experience for me, I become attuned to its wisdom while observing and deciphering its characteristics. My affection and understanding for our natural world compels me to create works of art reflective of the elements that make up its physical nature as well as capturing the spirit that keeps it alive.

 

It is always my intention that a better understanding and greater appreciation be achieved among those who recognize the beauty and respect the power of nature. It is my mission through my art to stir a desire towards living a partnership with earth, to insure the health and wellbeing of our planet (our mother earth) for this generation and all that follow. 

Artist Statement

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