Karla Knight | Spaceship Drawings


On view June 18 – July 30, 2018

Art reception on June 23rd  Saturday 6 – 8:30 pm

EBK Gallery [small works].
218 Pearl St.
Hartford, CT


Karla Knight’s Spaceship Drawings consist of imaginary language, objects, diagrams, and symbols. They form a pictorial language of symbol and writing whose underlying system is not known, though strangely familiar. Simultaneously ancient and futuristic, the work creates an alternative culture which plays with the mystery (and absurdity) of life, and what lies hidden underneath.


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Karla Knight was born in New York City and is currently living and working in Connecticut.

Her work has been widely exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions, and she is represented in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Walker Art Center, and Emily Fisher Landau, among others.

She has been the recipient of various awards and fellowships including The MacDowell Colony, Yaddo Corporation, and two Connecticut Artist Fellowships.


Gallery Sheet and Pricing PDF




CV / Resume


Born 1958 New York City
Lives and works in Connecticut


1980 Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI,  BFA Painting
1980 RISD European Honors Program, Rome, Italy


2018 “Spaceship Drawings,” EBK Gallery, Hartford, CT
2010 “Life in Space: Charcoal Drawings,” Artspace, New Haven, CT
2004 “Pondering the Marvelous,” Wave Hill Glyndor Gallery, Bronx, NY*
1990 Lorence-Monk Gallery, New York
1987 Lorence-Monk Gallery, New York
1986 Dart Gallery, Chicago
1981 William Francis Gallery, Providence, RI


2018  “21st Century Cyphers,” 516 Arts, Albuquerque, NM
2017 “Underlying system is not known,” Western Exhibitions, Chicago
“Rhyme & Reason,” Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism Gallery, Hartford, CT
2016 “Intuitive Progression,” Fisher Landau Center for Art, Long Island City, NY
“Magic,” Mercer County Community College, NJ (Tiffany Calvert, curator)
2015 Digging: A Group Show, Brooklyn Open Studios, Brooklyn, NY (Becky Kinder, curator)
2014 Momenta Art Benefit, Brooklyn, NY
2012 “Diagram,” Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT
Momenta Art Benefit, Brooklyn, NY
Nurture Art Benefit, Brooklyn, NY
2011 “Drawing and Illustration,” Maslow Study Gallery for Contemporary Art, Marywood University, Scranton, PA
2010 “All Things Being Equal,” Raritan Valley Community College, Bridgewater, NJ. (Tiffany Calvert, curator)
“Power to the People,” Feature, Inc., New York, NY
2009 “FIVE DECADES OF PASSION Part Two: The Founding of the Center, 1989-1991,” Fisher Landau Center for Art, Long Island City, NY
White Columns, New York. Work instated in Curated Artist Registry.
“Contemporary Women Artists: Work on Paper,” Maslow Study Gallery for Contemporary Art, Marywood University, Scranton, PA
2008 Pierogi Flatfiles, “Desire,” Art Forum Berlin, Berlin, Germany
“Worlds Away,” Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism Gallery, Hartford, CT
2007 “Paper,” Fisher Landau Center for Art, Long Island City, NY
Pierogi. Flatfiling, Artnews Projects. Berlin, Germany
2006 Pierogi 2000, Brooklyn, New York. Work instated in flat file.
“Statements and Symbols: Selected Paintings and Prints from the Maslow Collection, Marywood University Suraci Gallery, Scranton, PA
2002 “40 by 40,” Adam Baumgold Gallery, New York
2001 “Double Visions,” Adam Baumgold Gallery, New York
2000 “Quirky,” Adam Baumgold Gallery, New York
“Ambiguity: Layers of Information,” Contemporary Gallery, Marywood University, Scranton, PA
1998 “Imaginary Friend,” Rupert Goldsworthy Gallery, New York (Nayland Blake, curator)
1997 “Invitational,” Adam Baumgold Gallery, New York
1995 “Selections,” Adam Baumgold Gallery, New York
1993 “The Return of the Cadavre Exquis,” Drawing Center, New York
1991 “New Works on Paper,” Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY
1990 “Art Against AIDS,” Washington, DC
Lorence-Monk Gallery, New York
1989 “Group Show,” Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore
Fawbush Gallery, New York
1988 “Works on Paper,” Curt Marcus Gallery, New York
Dart Gallery, Chicago
“The Power of Drawings,” Center for Contemporary Art, Chicago
1987 “Group Painting Exhibition, Lorence-Monk Gallery, New York
“Art Against AIDS,” Lorence-Monk Gallery, New York
1986 “Painting the Object,” Lorence-Monk Gallery, New York
1985 “Real Surreal,” Lorence-Monk Gallery, New York
1980 European Honors Thesis Show, RISD, Palazzo-Cenci, Rome, Italy
Two-person exhibition, Woods-Gerry Gallery, Providence, RI


2018 Roberts, Kathaleen. “21st Century Cyphers,” Albuquerque Journal, May 13. Photo repro.
2016 TimesLedger,  “Intuitive Progression,” Steve Barnes, August 25
2014 Post Road Magazine, Issue 26, “Ground Control”
2012 The Hartford Courant, “Diagram at Real Art Ways,” Susan Dunne, Nov. 14
2012 Samelson, Henry. Buddy of Work, blog. February 19, 2012.
2010 New Haven Advocate, “Knowing and Forgetting,” Geoffrey Detrani, April 5
2004 The New York Times, “You and Them!” October 31, Arts and Leisure
2004 Wave Hill News, Autumn 200
2004 The Riverdale Press, “Natural Notions,” September 23
1991 Brooklyn Museum Newsletter, Summer 1991
1989 Dorsey, John. “Works by Emerging Artists,” Baltimore Sun, February 1989
1988 Cohrs, Timothy. “Karla Knight,” Arts, January
1987 Cameron, Dan. “Opening Salvos, Part One,” Arts, December
1986 Cohrs, Timothy. “Group Show,” Arts, February
Bomb, Spring 1986, pp. 32, 33. Photo repro.
Saltz, Jerry. Beyond Boundaries, New York’s New Art, Alfred van der Marck Editions


The Museum of Modern Art, New York
The Brooklyn Museum
Walker Art Center
Emily Fisher Landau
Maslow Collection
Chase Manhattan Bank
Prudential, Inc.
Tamayo Museum, Mexico City
Hart-Abrams, Inc.
McCrory Corporation
Middlebury College Museum of Art


2016 Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, NY: Artist Residency
2015 Connecticut Office of the Arts: Artist Fellowship
2014 The MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, NH: Fellowship
2012 Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant: Nominee
2006 Connecticut Office of the Arts: Artist Fellowship



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