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Born 1958 Los Angeles, CA

Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA & Lansing, MI



1992              BA, New College of California, San Francisco, CA

2000               MFA, UC Davis, Davis, CA



2018                The Light of Freedom, Carrington Art Gallery, Sandusky, OH


2018               WATER, Puerto Rico ...Flint, is a human right

                       Michigan State University Union Art Gallery, East Lansing, MI


2016              Karen Hampton: The Journey North 

                      Honolulu Museum of Art, Honolulu, Hawaii


2016               Abolitionist Tale                                                                                                                                                        Jack Bell Gallery, St. James, London, England


2015               Karen Hampton: The Journey North 

                        Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art, Hamilton College, Clinton, NY


2005                Material Matters: Three: Masterful Approaches to Fiber, 2005    

                        Textiles, Wood and Glass,                          

                        Museum of Craft and Folk Art, San Francisco, CA 


2004               Family Stories: The Printed Quilts of Karen Hampton,

                        Thomasville  Community Center, Thomasville, Georgia   


2002               Memories, College of Marin, Kentfield, CA                                                             


2000               The Plantation Yard, Thesis Show   

                        Art Foundry Gallery, Sacramento CA


2000               Karen Hampton

                       Design Gallery, UC Davis, Davis CA   

                       (currently known as Design Museum)                                                      




2018                Opening Exhibition

                        gf Contemporary Gallery, Santa Fe, NM


2017                   Made in Cotton

                       California State University, Domingues Hills, Los Angeles, CA


2017               Crossing Generations

                       Hoffman Gallery, Oregon College of Art, Portland, CA


2017               Material Connections

                        Jane Lombard Gallery, NYC, NY


2017               Women Art & Fiber, Contemporary Responses to Abolition and the Underground Railroad    

                             University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth,  Dartmouth, MA


2016               Made In Cotton

                        LA ArtCore, Los Angeles, CA


2016               The Art of the Story, American Jewish University, Los Angeles, CA


2012               Innovators & Legends                                                                                         

Thru                Muskegon Museum of Art,  Muskegon, MI

2015               Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, Auburn, NY 

                       University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY                                                    

                       Colorado State University , Fort   Collins, CO

                       Figge Art Museum, Davenport, IA

                       108 Contemporary Gallery, Tulsa,  OK


2011               Intimate Stitches, FiberPhiladelphia, Philadelphia, PA                            


2011               The Sky’s the Limit, Gateway Art Center, Mount Rainier, MD                


2011               Invisible Lineage, San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, San Jose, CA                                                                 

2008-12          Howard University Faculty Show,  Washington,DC                                               


2007               Conscious Concepts,  Baulines Craft Guild, Master Annual    

                         Artworks Downtown Gallery, San Rafael, CA


2007               “Breaking Ice:  Bay Area Artists Consider the African  Diaspora"                                              

                         SF Artworks Gallery, San Francisco, CA


2007               Close Calls, Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA                                             


2006               By the Hand: A National Juried Exhibition Traditional

                       and Innovative Craft, Bedford Gallery,  Walnut Creek, CA


2002               Looming Large - Contemporary Weavers of the Vanguard                                                          

                        Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA                                       


2002               California Design 2002, San Francisco. CA 


2001               BEYOND THREAD - (a) mending social thought, Braunstein/Quay Gallery,                            

                       San Francisco, CA


2000               Fiber 2000: Indigo-Bridging Cultures, Chicago, IL


1997               Reflections In Time, CVA Gallery, Oakland CA


1995               The Seeing Soul, Bay Area African American Artists, Oakland Museum                                  

                         Collectors Gallery,  Oakland, CA


1995               Odun de, Odun de, California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, CA

                        (now California College of the Arts)                                


1994               African – American Craft National, Louisville, Kentucky



2015               Acquistion: Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art, Hamilton College,

                        Clinton, NY


2015               Instituto Sacatar Fellowship, Salvador, Bahia, Brazil

                       International Residency/ Department of Cultural Affairs

                       Los Angeles, CA                                    


2011               Purchase Award Prince George’s County Parks & Planning,

                       Prince George's County, MD          


2008              Eureka Fellowship Fleishhacker Foundation                                    

                      San Francisco, CA


2008              Career Development Grant Marin Arts Council, Marin County, CA    


2000              Ellen Hansen Prize, UC Davis, Davis CA                                                         

                      For Artwork addressing issues of Bravery and Independence in Women


1999              Jastro Shield Research Fellowship, UC Davis, Davis CA                          

                       "African American Women Weavers during Slavery"



2015              Karen Hampton, The Journey North, The Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art

                      Hamilton College, Clinton, NY


2012               Innovators and Legends, Generations in Textiles and Fiber

                       Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, Michigan


2012               Textile Society of America: 13th Biennial Symposium                               

                       Stitching Race: A tool for historical memory


2011               Invisible Lineage

                       San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles

                       San Jose, CA


2006               Textile Society of America: 10th Biennial Symposium                             

                       Historical Memory and Empathy in Studio Art Classroom


2002               Craft of Northern California, Alcove Books


2000               Women Designers in the USA Diversity and Difference 1900-2000,                                      

                       Pat Kirkham, Editor, Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative                              

                       Arts,  Yale University Press


2000               Textile Society of America: 7th Biennial Symposium                    


                       FROM 1750 TO 1830



2017                Michigan State University, Lansing, MI

                        Assistant Professor, Critical Race Issues Resident Artist , ATD


2007  - 2011    Howard University, Washington, DC


2000 – 2007    College of Marin, Kentfield, CA


2002, 2005      California College of Art



2015                  Sacatar Foundation, Itaparica, Bahia, Brazil

                           ( 7-week residency) Researched Rendieras Culture in Saubara, Brazil 


2014                  St. Mary’s Art Center, Virginia City, Nevada

                           (8-week residency)


2014                  Storytelling through Thread with Karen Hampton

                            Fowler Museum (Workshop), UCLA, Los Angeles, CA


2014                   Long Beach State University (Lecture), Long Beach, CA


2013                   Palomar College (Lecture), Carlsbad, CA


2012                   Air Studio- Artist in Residency, Paducah, Kentucky

                           3-week residency


1994                    Artist in Residence; Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA   



2007                  Children’s Views of the San Francisco Bay, Bay Area Discovery

                          Museum, Sausalito, CA 


2006                  Faces from Haiti, Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito, CA  

2006                  Manzanita Memory Project, Marin City, CA    

2006                  Learning to See, Canal Alliance, San Rafael, CA   


1997                  Violence Project, Mural Billboard, Oakland, CA   

1997                  Heritage Quilt Workshop, Zaccho Dance Theatre, San Francisco, CA


2012                  Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Conference, Cambridge, MD

                            “African American Women, Textile Production 1750-1830”


2012                   Textile History Forum, Cherry Valley, NY

                             “African American Women, Textile Production 1750-1830”


2011                  Claremont Colleges, Africana Studies, Claremont, CA

                            “African American Women, Textile Production 1750-1830”


2011                  Accokeek Foundation; Accokeek MD  

                            National Colonial Farm, Maryland, CA

                            “African American Women, Textile Production 1750-1830”

2009                  Black & White Slavery Conference, NPS Hampton Plantation;

                            Baltimore, MD

                           “African American Women, Textile Production 1750-1830”       



2016               Liz Logan, “Social Fabric” American Craft Magazine, February / March, vol 76 no.1


2015               Dickerson, Danielle. “Storytelling Through Textiles.” Surface Design Journal,


Fall 2015        Coker, Gylbert. “A Textile Artist's Historical and Anthropological Mission” The                                        International Review of African American Art, vol. 26, no. 1, Fall


2011               KPFA Radio –Women’s Magazine, December 19, 2011

                       Kate Rafael


2009               Hampton Highlights

                       From Black and White to Full Color

                       Third Symposium on Slavery


2008               FIBERARTS                                             January - February 2008

                       Fleishhacker Award

2008               Textile Arts Council                                 January 2008
                       Announcements                                      vol-

                                                                                       Number 1


2006               Marin Independent Journal                    February 2, 2006

                        Masters and their Proteges

                        Marin Arts Council

2005               Museum of Craft and Folk Art Report     vol 21 no3 2005

                        Material Matters

2005               Artweek                                                   July-August 2005

                        Material Matters

2003               FIBERARTS                                            January - February 2003

                        Looming Large: Contemporary Weavers of the Vanguard

                        Victoria Alba


2003               Surface Design Journal                           Spring 2003 

                       Beyond Thread

2002               Diablo Arts                                               October - December 2002
                        What Wondrous Webs They Weave

                        Looming Large

                        Anna Novakov


2002               Marin Independent Journal                      February 1, 2002
                        Weaving Stories

                        Jason Walsh



                         Bay Area Graduates – MFA 2000           Fall 2000


2002               Davis Enterprise                                        June 22, 2000

                       Textile exhibition Fills Sacramento gallery

                        Elisabeth Sherwin


2002               Echo Times                                               September 14, 2000

                       Karen Hampton, Master Weaver, teaches at COM

                       Leslie Chappelle




2010 - present

2010 - present

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