Discipline: Visual Art – installation

Karl Burkheimer

Discipline: Visual Art – installation
Region: Portland, OR
MacDowell Fellowships: 2022

Visual artist Karl Burkheimer is an artist and educator with diverse experiences across a spectrum of creative disciplines, methodologies, rationale, and outcomes. He is focused on a “haptic and tactile understanding of the environment paired with a human need to creatively express.” His work is “a commitment to practice manifested as investigation of craft.”

His current work, which emphasizes the provisional language of materials and processes in flux, is a series of projects and writings gathered under the working title “Practicing Practice.”

Karl used his time at MacDowell to explore and ideate for two upcoming exhibition opportunities: an exhibition at La Sierra University in Riverside, CA, and a large outdoor installation at Township10 in Marshall, NC. Additionally, he developed drafts for essays on process and practice for a publication accompanying the exhibition at La Sierra. He also created a first draft of an introductory editorial essay for the summer issue of Drain Magazine.

Portrait by Mario Gallucci



Karl Burkheimer worked in the Eastman studio.

Thanks to the generous support of MacDowell Fellow and board member Louise Eastman, this century-old farm building was reinvented as a modern, energy efficient live and workspace for visual artists. Originally built in 1915 to house a forge and provide storage when the residency program was expanding, this small barn was simply converted for…

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