Karen deClouet is a Louisiana based artist. Her work centers on creating new spaces through experimental painting techniques and habitual mark making. She received her BFA from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and her MFA from the University of Arizona. Karen has taught several drawing and design courses as both a graduate student and an adjunct faculty member within the Visual Art Department of University of Arizona and Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona. Currently she serves as The Visual Arts Committee Chair on the board of The Acadiana Center of the Arts.
Karen has shown work extensively throughout the United States since 2011. Her work has also been published in New American Paintings, Studio Visit, the Times of Acadiana, Country Roads Magazine and Acadiana Profile. She has given artist talks about her work at venues such as The Tucson Museum or Art, the 2013 Ethno History Conference, Basin Arts and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She has received several awards including the Contemporary Art Society Award of Excellence at the Arizona Biennial and a 2017 ArtSpark Grant.
Her work is mainly influenced by the landscapes she has lived in, landscapes her father has studied as a geologist, and idealized spaces in social media. The combination of these experiences and her never-ending quest to create a new space from nontraditional forms of painting are the basis of her imagery.