Karen Blair


Home Before Dark: A Visit To An Artist’s Studio

By Jennifer Ackerman

Jennifer Ackerman’s latest book is The Genius of Birds. A recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship in Nonfiction, a Bunting Fellowship, and a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan foundation, she has been writing about science, nature and human biology for almost three decades. She is a contributor to Scientific American, National Geographic, The New York Times and many other publications. Home Before Dark is her interview with Karen Blair.


It was late afternoon when I drove out to interview Karen Blair at her home in Crozet, Virginia, on a Martin Johnson Heade sort of day, with that angled October light and a sky scudded with low purple clouds. The mountains were tinged gold and auburn from the turning leaves of birch and oak trees. It brought to mind that Aldo Leopold rumination on landscape: “The physics of beauty is one department of natural science still in the Dark Ages. Not even the manipulators of bent space have tried to solve its equations.”

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Corporate Collections

  • Allan Myers
  • Phillip Morris, USA
  • Dominion Resources
  • University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Project Art, Iowa City, IA
  • Couric Clinical Cancer Center, UVA Hospital Martha Jefferson Hospital, Charlottesville, VA
  • Levine Cancer Institute, Charlotte, NC
  • Capital One, Richmond VA
  • Markel Corporation
  • Owens&Minor
  • Hourigan Construction, Inc.
  • Troutman Sanders LLP
  • LeClair Ryan, A Professional Corporation
  • Westminster Canterbury, Richmond, VA
  • The Jefferson Hotel, Richmond, VA

Educations and Grants

  • 2008 Artist Residency, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Reynolds Foundation Grant Recipient
  • 2003 Artist Residency, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson VT
  • 1976 BFA University of North Carolina Greensboro

Selected Exhibitions

  • 2018 Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, VA
  • 2017 Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, VA
  • 2017 Les Yeux du Monde Gallery, Charlottesville, VA
  • 2017 The Art Box, Crozet, VA
  • 2017 Warm Springs Gallery, Warm Springs, VA
  • 2016 Current Art Fair, Richmond, VA                                  
  • 2016 Bee Street Studio, Dallas, TX
  • 2016 Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, VA
  • 2016 Shenandoah Valley Arts Center, VA
  • 2016 CoArts Gallery, Staunton, VA
  • 2015 Southern Living Idea House, Charlottesville, VA
  • 2014 Portsmouth Art and Cultural Center, Portsmouth, VA
  • 2014 Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, VA
  • 2013 Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center, Portsmouth, VA
  • 2013 McGuffey Art Center, Charlottesville, VA
  • 2013 Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, VA
  • 2013 Hodges-Taylor Gallery, Charlotte, NC
  • 2012 Les Yeux du Monde Gallery, Charlottesville, VA
  • 2012 Gallery Piquel, New Hope, PA
  • 2011 The United States Capitol Building, Washington, DC
  • 2011 Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, VA
  • 2011 McGuffey Art Center, Charlottesville, VA
  • 2010 Hampton House Gallery, Winston-Salem, NC
  • 2008 Studio 11 Gallery, Lexington, VA
  • 2008 Symphony Designer House, Richmond, VA
  • 2008 Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, VA
  • 2005 Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, VA
  • 2005 Radius 250, Plant Zero, Richmond, VA. Juried exhibition curated by Dr. John Ravenal, Curator of Contemporary Art, Virginia Museum of Fine Art
  • 2004 Gallery 5800, Richmond, VA
  • 2003 Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT