Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5213 USA
- M.F.A., Sculpture, Ohio State University
- B.F.A., Sculpture and Video, NSCAD University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Karen Bondarchuk is an associate professor of art and foundation art area coordinator at Western Michigan University's Gwen Frostic School of Art. She teaches drawing and sculpture courses. A native of Canada, Bondarchuk received her M.F.A. in sculpture from Ohio State University and her B.F.A. in sculpture and video from NSCAD University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada (formerly the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design).
Her artwork is varied, including sculpture, kinetics, bookmaking, drawing, video and performance, and incorporates a wide array of materials from wool to scavenged tires to bagpipes. Her current work explores the level of artificiality that defines our relationship with the wild, and the reality that most close encounters with wildlife are by human design (zoos, roadsides, galleries, natural history museums, etc).
Bondarchuk has exhibited and performed in the United States, Canada, Italy, and England, and her work is in the permanent collection of the National Gallery of Canada and numerous private collections. She is also co-author of the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC), which has been adopted in New Mexico (NMTA), Oklahoma (OGET/OSAT) and Illinois (ICTS).
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Karen Bondarchuk. Speak, Memory VI. Charcoal on Rives BFK, 33" x 42", 2009