Karen Hymer was born in Tucson, Arizona and has spent most of her life in the Sonoran desert. She earned her BFA from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Tufts University, Medford and her MA and MFA in Fine Art Photography from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. Hymer actively exhibits her work both nationally and internationally. Recent venues include the Phoenix Art Museum, The Los Angeles Center for Photographic Arts, Soho Photo Gallery, Alex Ferrone Gallery, Art Intersection, The Center for Fine Art Photography, and The Washington Printmakers Galler.. Her work is in several public collections, including the Center for Creative Photography and the Polaroid International Collection. She was the recipient of a Rfotofolio Choice Award in 2016, received the Grand Prize in the Solarplate exhibit 2016 and a Contemporary Forum Grant and Arizona Commission for the Arts grant in 2014.

Hymer’s experience and technical interests are wide-ranging. Although “trained” as a photographer and educator, her approach to image making explores the blending of photosensitive materials, digital media, printmaking and encaustics. She offers workshops in Photopolymer Gravure printing and private consultations in digital color management, workflow and digital printing.