Karen Hampton

Artist's Statement

Portrait of Karen Hampton

From an early age, I have expressed myself through art. Now as an owner of an advertising agency, fiber art has become an outlet for my creativity. Creating fiber art gives me the license to use any technique to create without inhibitions. It is usually the technique that drives the design outcome. My continual intrigue with surface design techniques provides the catalyst for producing original designed wall hangings and art quilts that may include original batik, dyed, printed, painted, silkscreened, discharged, devored, foiled or felted cloth, or various other surface embellishments. It is this same fascination with creating the cloth that I use to produce one of a kind garments. The mood of my art is always rich, subtly blended colors, textures and abstract patterns.


Karen has a college degree in Commercial Art, and owns Schenk Hampton Advertising, Inc. in Evansville, IN, with her husband Larry. Karen is responsible for sales and account management. Karen takes many workshops on quilting, wearable design, and surface design to continue her education.


Raintree Quilter’s Guild
Surface Design Association
International Quilt Association
Studio Art Quilt Association
Paducah Fiber Artists

Selected Juried Exhibitions

American Quilter’s Society, Paducah, KY, 2000, 2001, 2007
Art in the City, Evansville, IN, 2007
AQS/Hobbs Bonded Fashion Show, Paducah, KY, 2007
Art Quilts: Elements, Page-Walker Art & History Center, Cary, NC, 2004
Carnegie Museum for Art & History, New Albany, IN, 2004
Craft Forms 2004, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA, 2004
Denver National Quilt Festival, Denver, CO, 2006
Digital Origins—Emerging American Textile Artists at Eyedrum Gallery, Atlanta, GA, 2004
Digitized - an exhibition of digital art, Evansville, IN, 2004, 2006
Dressed to Thrill, Yeiser Art Center, Paducah, KY, 2004
Indiana Heritage Quilt Show, Bloomington, IN, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007
International Quilt Association, Houston, TX, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007
International Quilt Association Stitch in Time, Houston, TX, 2004
Keiko & Friends; Art Quilts, St Charles, IL, 2005
LowerTown Quilt Walk, Paducah, KY, 2007
McCord Gallery & Cultural Center, Palos Park, IL, 2004
Miami International Orchid Show, Miami, FL, 2007
Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival, Williamsburg, VA, 2004
Mid-Atlantic Wearable Art Festival, Williamsburg, VA, 2004
Pacific International Quilt Festival, Santa Clara, CA, 2005, 2006
Pacific International Wearable Art Competition, Santa Clara, CA, 2004, 2005
Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza, Fort Washington, PA, 2005, 2007
Pennsylvania National Wearable Art Competition, Fort Washington, PA, 2005
Quilt Celebration, Rockome Gardens, IL, 2005
Quilt Expo, Madison, WI, 2005
Quilt Odyssey, Hershey, PA, 2004, 2005
Quilters’ Heritage Celebration, Lancaster, PA, 2005
Small Works, Katie Gingrass Gallery, Milwaukee, WI, 2003
Smithtown Township Arts Council Fiber Arts Exhibition at Mills Pond House Gallery, St. James, NY, 2004
Sulky 2003 Challenge, 2003
South Cobb Arts Alliance, Inc. National Juried Exhibition, Mableton, GA, 2004


Journal of The International Quilt Association, Summer 2004. Autumn Rhythm (triptych)
Quilts, A World of Beauty. Winners Gallery 2003 IQA Judged Show Winners. Art, Small.
Gallery Issue Surface Design Journal September 1, 2006, Metamorphosed
2009 POJAGI & BEYOND INTL Poster, AQS, Paducah, KY, In Vein
Evansville Courier and Press – October 24, 2010 Eclipse, BARN in the U.S.A.
American Quilter Magazine, March 2011, Pojagi: Korean Patchwork, In Vein
Evansville Courier and Press - June 16, 2011 Symmetry

Selected Invitational Exhibitions

Spring Quilt Festival “2003 World of Beauty Judged Show Winners” special exhibit, Chicago, IL, 2004
Patchwork & Quilt Expo IX “2002/2003 World of Beauty Judged Show Winners” special exhibit, Den Haag, Netherlands, 2004
Computer-Aided Textiles Show, Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, MI, 2005
Pushing the Surface ’05, Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum, Roscoe Village, Coshocton, OH, 2005
Solarbron’s Art of Our Decade, Evansville, IN, 2005
The Essence of Things, The Ross Art Museum, Delaware,OH, 2006
Solo Exhibit Featured Artist for January, United Bank, Evansville, IN, 2007
POJAGI & BEYOND, Pojagis from American Friends, Korea Craft Museum in Cheongju, Cheongju City, Korea, 2007
THE ART OF QUILTING, Audubon Museum, Henderson KY, October 4th to December 14th, 2007
Textile Art at the Bower-Suhreinrich Foundation Gallery, Evansville, IN, 2008
Evansville Commerce Bank, Evansville, IN, 2008
Off the Walls: The Indiana Artisan Premiere Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis, IN, 2009
POJAGI & BEYOND INTL, AQS, Paducah, KY , 2009
The Quilted Surface V, The Columbus Cultural Arts Center, Columbus, OH, 2009
Orchids, Orchids, Orchids PAQA Traveling Exhibit, Madison Orchid Growers Guild Show 2009, WI, Sinnissippi Quilt Guild Show, Rockford, IL, Michigan Quilt Network Showcase, Lansing MI, Pacific International Quilt Festival, Santa Clara, CA, 2009
Solo Exhibit Featured Artist August-December, North Park Library, Evansville, IN, 2009
Evansville Commerce Bank, Evansville, IN, 2009
Quilt Extravaganza, The New Gallery University of Evansville, IN, 2010
Audubon’s Fabulous Fibers, Audubon Museum, Henderson KY, 2010
SAQA Indiana Members, Indiana Humanities Council, Indianapolis, IN, 2010
Pojagi & Beyond, Museum of Craft & Folk Art, San Francisco, California, 2011