Karen Schwenkmeyer is a photographer and multi-media artist whose work has been exhibited nationally. Attracted to the discourse-aspect of collaboration she frequently  joins forces with other artists. As part of the Artists Formerly Known as Women she has contributed to projects that address water and environmental issues. A founding member of M.A.M.A. (Mother Artists Making Art), her work has explored maternal experience within contemporary American culture. Most recently, she is part of the team of Schwenkmeyer & Mann who have examined the economic underpinnings of domestic households during the Gilded Age and created large projections on the Gamble House in Pasadena for Pasadena Art Night. 
Schwenkmeyer is an adjunct Photography instructor at numerous Southern California community colleges. As a former board member of FAR (the Foundation for Art Resources) and West Region SPE (the Society for Photographic Education) she has organized conferences, curated exhibitions and large art events. She holds a MFA in Photography from California Institute of the Arts and BA in Anthropology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She lives in Los Angeles, California.
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