Posted January 21, 2019

Fall of 2018 was an exciting time at Light Art Space. The two featured exhibitions, Age & Seduction by Karen Hymer and the group exhibition Arizona Print Group were well received. Twenty-five people participated in the October cyanotype workshop with great results. Construction is on going in the back of the building – darkrooms and studio space are emerging. The plan is to offer workshops by summer 2019. Listed below are exhibitions, publications, and workshop opportunities. 


Upcoming Exhibitions at Light Art Space

Multiple Views: Photographic Imagery from Grant County

February 2 – March 3     Reception Saturday Feb. 2nd,  5 – 7 pm

This unique photographic exhibition features the work of 30 artists from Grant County, NM. A wide variety of approaches to photography will be exhibited including techniques such as Silver Gelatin Prints, Image Transfers, Van Dykes, Cyanotypes, and Archival Pigment Prints on paper, canvas and metal. Curated by Karen Hymer.

Featuring the work of George Austin, Fred Barraza, Michael Berman, catherine bialopiotrowicz, Bruce Bloy, Tom Boblett, Carolyn Cogan, Jeremiah Cogan, Paul Doherty, Dave Eagan, Julie Enos, Sandy Feutz, Len Giusti, Natalie Good, Ned Haw, Stephen Hoglund, Brenda Holzinger, Kaitlyn Hopwood, Janey Katz, Charles Leavitt, Lara Leavitt, Christopher Martinez, James Mathews, Tom Maxfeldt, Ann McMahon, Jim Pendergast, Eric Renner/Nancy Spencer, Carmen Ruiz, and Tom Vaughan.


Crafting Art: Explorations in Mixed Media

March 7 – 17th       Reception Friday, March 8th, 5 – 7 pm

Featuring the work of Daniel Garver, Lara Leavitt, Jamie Karolich, Art Peterson, Mimi Peterson, Gerry Szajer and Susan Szajer.


 Dead Art -An Analog Approach to a Digital World.

March 23 – April 28th       Reception Saturday, March 23rd, 5 – 7 pm

Photographic Imagery celebrating analog and the hand – made print.  Work by Steve Hajdu, Jessica Knight, Maegan McCarthy and Davey Miller.

Karen ’s News


Cyanotypes     The Drawing Studio, Tucson, AZ  March 16th 9am – noon

Photopolymer Gravure Art Intersection, Gilbert, AZ March 17th 9am – 5pm

Cyanotypes  Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, Otis, Oregon. June 7th (catalogue will be public Feb. 26th)

Photopolymer Gravure  Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, Otis, Oregon. June 8 – 10 (catalogue will be public Feb. 26th)


Publications Featured in:

Polymer Photogravure: A Step-by Step Manual Highlighting Artists and Their creative Practice. Clay Harmon, A Focal Press Book, 2019. ISBN-13: 978-0815366041

This is an amazing book and a must have for anyone interested in photogravure.


Salann Magazine: Giving Artists a Voice. January 2019.


Print Austin: The Contemporary Print 2019. Austin, Texas. January 18 – February 16.

Print Exchange:

Ambos Lados International Print Exhibitions 2018 – 2019. Horned Toad Prints and Taller Grafica Libre.

Hope to see you in Silver City at one of the Light exhibitions and come play at a workshop in Arizona or Oregon!

Happy Winter!


My new adventure begins...

I have relocated to Silver City, New Mexico. In August renovations began on the beautiful 1905 historic building I purchased. Located in the downtown historic arts district, Light Art Space features two galleries, a library, reading area and soon to be build darkrooms and studio/teaching space.

The grand opening was held on Saturday, September 1, 2018. Age & Seduction, photopolymer gravures by Karen Hymer is the first featured exhibition at Light Art Space.  The figurative work presented, self-portraits and others of close intimates, investigates the wonder and power of aging bodies. The accompanying book, published by Dark Spring Press, is available for purchase. 

The town of Silver has been very welcoming and Flash and I are settling in nicely.

September 2017


Hello!  Not sure where the last six months went, but here is what I have been up to… 

In April I did an artist talk and taught a photogravure workshop at Art Intersection in Gilbert, AZ.  The new printing press worked very well and the students make great images.

I was pleased to participate in the following spring exhibitions:

- Light Sensitive, Art Intersection, Gilbert, AZ

- Arrivals & Departures, Tucson Artist Group, Tucson International Airport Center Gallery

- INPrint, Photomethode, Austin, TX 

Spring semester at Pima College ended with my students sharing their wonderful portfolios of silver gelatin prints, cyanotypes, van dykes, palladium and ink jet images.


In June Flash and I enjoyed an adventurous road trip returning to the coast of Oregon.  I was lucky to spend a week teaching photogravure and cyanotypes at Sitka Center for Art and Ecology and it was my honor to assist master printmaker Dan Welden in his Solarplate workshop at Sitka. Flash spent the week with Auntie Judy and his pals Pedro and Maddie.  Walks on the beach were a real treat for this desert dog.  

In July I spend time in Sag Harbor, NY in a residency with Dan Welden.  I worked on larger plates and multi-plate printing.  It was a rich, creative time.  From Long Island I met dear friends in the city and celebrated my 60th birthday weekend in style, taking in museums, galleries, an off Broadway play and lots of great food.

The rest of July and August I traveled back and forth from Tucson to Silver City, NM where I have a solar adobe house in the woods. My big news is I have purchased a beautiful building in downtown Silver City and plan to relocate there in the summer of 2018.  The building was built in 1905 as a hardware store and for most of that century it was a department store and then Firecloud Traders.   My plans are still evolving, but I do know I will transform it into Light Art Space, a place for making, displaying and learning about art.  My studio will occupy a portion of the lower level along with exhibition space, darkrooms, shooting studio, teaching space and the upstairs will hopefully become studios and apartments.  Out back is a large lot perfect for sun exposures, a patio and future events. 

I have really fallen in love with Silver and her people.  Over Labor Day weekend I had a booth at the SW Print Fiesta and my building space was used to house a related exhibition.  To top it off, one of my prints won Best of Show in the exhibition!  The steamroller printmaking street event was great fun and I met many local artists and art patrons at my booth.  The exhibit will be up through November so stop by 209 West Broadway if you make it to Silver City.  And yes, this is the town where the stolen De Kooning surfaced in July!  What a story that is…

I look forward to teaching photogravure in October at the Visions Retreat Workshop for high school students sponsored by Scottsdale Arts in Prescott, AZ and am very busy at Pima College with the additional duties of the Discipline Lead in Photography. My Pima students are as exciting as ever – I learn from them constantly.

September 30 and October 1st, 11am – 5pm, I am opening my studio for the SACCA sponsored Open Studio Tour.   My colleague, Ernesto Esquer, will be joining me so stop by and view/ purchase some exciting images. 

You can read a recent interview with me in the Sonoran Arts Network at

My Summer and Fall exhibits include:

Artist Proof, Best of Show, Southwest Print Fiesta, Silver City, NM

Fotos Frontera 2017, La Fe Cultural and Technical Center, El Paso, Texas

Little by Little, Art Intersection, Gilbert, Arizona

I wish you all a happy and colorful fall…here in the desert we have many weeks until fall will arrive with cooler weather, but we are grateful the wildfires have avoided our area.

Be safe…


2017 - Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!
2016 has been quite a year...
I thank you all for supporting my art practice.

I would like to share my good news with all of you. 
Beginning January 2017 I will be the acting full-time Faculty in 
Photography at Pima Community College. I taught in the program as an adjunct for over 20 years and for the last five years have worked as the laboratory Specialist - running the program. I am excited to return to the classroom.
Classes I will be teaching
My Photo 1 class is a film based black and white darkroom class. 
Alternative Processes (cyanotypes, vandykes, instant transfers, gum bichromate, palladium and photo gravure) 
Portfolio PreparationEditing, presentation, web sites
Photo 2 Black and White series classes, Film or Digital 
Plus independent studies

For more information contact me at 206-3126, or 

** Upcoming workshops and exhibits
The Photographic Nude
Jurors Honorable Mention
February 11 - March 8, 2017
Light Box Photographic Gallery, Astoria, OR

Sonoran Print Group
February 6 - March 30, 2017
Lower link Gallery, Tucson International Airport

Light Sensitive
March 4 - April 15, 2017
Reception march 4th, 6 -8 pm
Art Intersection, Gilbert, AZ

Arrivals & Departures
Tucson Artist Group
March 6 - June 1, 2017
Reception March 11, 4 -6 pm
Tucson International Airport Center Gallery

March 3 - 31, 2017
Photomethode, Austin, TX

Photo Gravure Lecture and Workshop
April 7 - 8, 2017
Art Intersection, Gilbert, AZ

Fall Greetings

Fall Greetings!  

The last 5 months have been very busy around my studio and the pace continues as our weather finally cools.   I have had the good fortune to exhibit my work coast to coast, from Oregon to New York. My work was recognized in three exhibits including the Grand Prize in the Solarplate exhibition at Alex Ferrone Gallery and look forward to working with from Dan Welden next summer.  

Later this week I will give a public talk about my work and in early November there are two events I look forward to: a gallery "walk and talk" and the Open Studio Tour with fellow printmakers.  In January I will offer another photogravure workshop from my studio.  There never seems to be enough time to make art but I am grateful for my full-time position at Pima Community College where I have the fortune to work with such wonderful students and faculty. I wish you all a wonderful fall and may we survive this election season with hope and civility still intact.


Thank you for your continued support
Karen Hymer

Where You Can See and Purchase My Work


Lecture:  Thursday, October 13, 11am at Paperworks: The Sonoran Collective for Paper and Book Artists,  St. Philips in the Hills Church, East Murphey Gallery, 4440 N. Campbell Avenue at River Road, Tucson, AZ

Open Studio Tour:
Glory Tacheenie Campoy Studio
1970 N. Call del Suerte, Tucson, AZ 85745. October 23, 11am - 5pm.

Gallery Walk and Talk:
The Galleria at the Ywca, 
525 N. Bonita Ave, Tucson, AZ, November 10th, 6 - 7 pm.

Photo Gravure Workshop: Karen Hymer Studio, Tucson, AZ. January 7th, 9am - 4pm. 

On-line Gallery:
Los Angeles Center for Photography, Featured Member,      
November 1 - 30.

Exhibitions Current:

*A Smith Gallery, Johnson City, TX, Director's Honorable Mention, Emotion, September 23 - October 30.
*Alex Ferrone Gallery, Cutchogue, NY, Grand Prize RecipientInternational Juried Photographic Solarplate Exhibition, October 1 - November 13. 
*The Galleria at the YWCA, Tucson, AZ, Two Photographers, August 30 - November 28.
*Soho Photo Gallery, Soho, NY, 12th Annual Alternative Processes Competition, November 2- 26.
*PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, VT, Personal Narrative, November 2 - 25.
*Southeast Center for photography, Greenville, SC, Color, November 4 - November 26.

Exhibitions Recent Past:
*Site Brooklyn, Brooklyn, NY, A Point of View: Contemporary Photography, July 15 - August 12.
*Washington Print Foundation, Washington, DC, National Small Works Exhibition, August 3 - 27.
*A6 Studio and Gallery, Bend, OR, Small Prints, July 1 - August 25.
*Los Angeles Center of Photography, Los Angeles, CA, Fine Art Exhibition, June 17 - July 15.
*Center for Photographic Arts, Carmel, CA, CPA Members' Juried Exhibition, June 11 - July 24.
*Urpqua Valley Art Museum, Roseburg, OR, Third Place Award, Photography Now!, May 6 - July 8.