About the Artist
Karen Maness is a visual artist, muralist, designer, and educator with thirty years of painting and fabrication experience for the entertainment industry. Lecturer with the University of Texas at Austin Department of Theatre & Dance, The School of Design & Creative Technologies, and Scenic Art Supervisor for Texas Performing Arts. Maness has worked extensively in theatre, themed attractions, industrial display, music tours, teaching master painting classes in the USA and abroad. A proponent of digital-analog fluidity for artists and hands-on, project-based, interdisciplinary team collaboration. She believes the future of education and innovation lies in the spaces between disciplines, actively exploring these concepts through emergent pedagogy projects in design and fabrication. Curator of Texas Performing Art's sold-out Behind the Scenes: The Art of the Hollywood Backdrop and Hollywood's Sistine Chapel exhibitions featuring the Hollywood Motion Picture Scenic Art, Maness assisted UT Austin with the acquisition of over 65 hand-painted historic backdrops as educational assets for future generations.She is the co-author of the award-winning The Art of the Hollywood Backdrop, the definitive behind-the-scenes history of Hollywood's motion picture scenic art. Her studio practice includes public art, exhibitions, corporate and private commissions.
Maness explores themes of memory, home, and connection through her expansive landscapes and intimate portraits. Her expressionistic landscapes invite viewers into the liminal borderless between their current position and the infinite, distant horizon.