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Karen Wirth explores the relationships between words, objects, and space through artistís books, sculpture, public art, and critical writing. Her work has been exhibited extensively, including the Smithsonian Institution, Walker Art Center, and in Africa and Europe through the US State Department. Her bookwork is in many public collections, such as the Museum of Modern Art Library, NY, the Getty Center, and Yale University. Wirthís public art projects include conceptual design for Hiawatha Light Rail Transit Stations and the Gail See Staircase at Open Book in Minneapolis. Her published writing ranges from the Journal of Artistsí Books (JAB) to Places Magazine. Grants and fellowships include Bush, McKnight, and Jerome Fellowships, and an American Council on Education (ACE) Leadership Fellowship. She received an MFA in sculpture at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and a BFA in Art Education at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Wirth is a professor and Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.