707 N. Tamiami Trail
Paint on Canvas: An Artist Talk
Presented in Partnership with Art Center Sarasota
with Hermitage Fellow Karen Chandler
Tuesday, September 28th @ 6pm
Art Center Sarasota Outdoor Courtyard
707 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, Florida 34236
Join Hermitage Fellow and celebrated Sarasota/New York artist Karen Chandler as she discusses the various forms her work takes and what inspires her to spark joy in the people who see it. Recently featured in Sarasota Magazine for her “Sarasota Heroes” mural, Chandler’s work has taken her across the country: from the halls of many of the major publishing houses, to the launchpads and runways of NASA and the U.S. Air Force, and more recently to the vibrant beaches of Florida. Learn how her work has changed over time and still continues to grow.
Hermitage Fellow Karen Chandler has trained in traditional oil painting at the Stevenson Academy of Traditional Painting, as well as photography, design, and computer studies at the New York School of Visual Art. After completing her training, she began doing illustration work for major publishing houses, including Random House, Simon & Schuster, Ballantine, and Bantam Books. She has done covers for several Agatha Christie series, the R.L. Stine Goosebumps young adult series, and the Victoria Thompson murder mystery series, The Gaslight Mysteries, among many others.
At the age of 28, she was selected to participate in the NASA and United States Air Force Art programs. Her original oil paintings for them hang in the Deputy Director’s office at the Kennedy Space Center, the Pentagon, and the National Aviation Museum at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. She has had exhibitions throughout the country, including New York, California, Massachusetts and Washington, D.C. and her work is in several private collections, as well as the permanent collection at the Union League Club of New York.
Her mural work includes “Sarasota Heroes,” a 20′ x 24′ piece in Sarasota, Florida, commissioned in 2020 by a joint venture of Sarasota Magazine and the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County to honor Sarasota County’s healthcare workers on the front lines of the Covid battle.