Karen Bondarchuk

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Karen Bondarchuk
Professor of Art
(269) 387-2518
(269) 387-2477
K1141 South Kohrman Hall, Mail Stop 5213
Mailing address: 
Gwen Frostic School of Art
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 a Professor of art and Foundation Art area at Western Michigan University's Gwen Frostic School of Art. Karen joined the Frostic School of Art in 1996.

A native of Canada, 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).


 Karen Bondarchuk. Speak, Memory VI. Charcoal on Rives BFK, 33" x 42", 2009

 Karen Bondarchuk. Speak, Memory VI. Charcoal on Rives BFK, 33" x 42", 2009