As a photographer, Karen Davis works in the space between documentary and fine art photography, chronicling family and their social milieu. Her prints and artist books are in collections of the Samuel Dorsky Museum/ Center for Photography Woodstock (CPW) Collection, SUNY New Paltz NY; Lishui Museum of Photography, Lishui, China; Artist Book Collection, Houghton Rare Books Library, Harvard University; and featured in a permanent installation at MASS MoCA, North Adams MA. She is the 2009 recipient of CPW’s Artist Fellowship Award and a 2018 Critical Mass Finalist.
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Davis holds a BS from Simmons College, Boston; MA (and abd) University of Chicago; AAS, Wentworth Institute of Technology. She has studied photography in classes and workshops at Massachusetts College of Art, Radcliffe Seminars, New England School of Photography and the International Center of Photography. Among her mentors is photographer Sylvia Plachy, who has been an ongoing source of inspiration and guidance.
Davis is Curator/Co-Founder of Davis Orton Gallery, Hudson NY, now in its twelfth year, specializing in photography, mixed media, and artist-published books. Her programming of emerging to established artists, often designed around issues of social significance, is well known in the region and, through the gallery’s website and social media, the national and international photographic community as well.
She has been invited to review portfolios and jury international events at Photolucida and Critical Mass, Portland OR; FotoFest, Houston TX; the Griffin Museum and the Center for Photography at Woodstock. In the Boston area, Davis was a long-time teacher of a unique course for established and emerging photographers, Photography Atelier, which she taught at Radcliffe Seminars, Art Institute of Boston/ Lesley University, Cambridge MA and the Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester MA. She currently teaches online courses in portfolio development for the Griffin Museum.