Karen Glanders’ journey has been one of soul searching, exploring emotions, social issues and religion.  She attended Herron School of Fine Art and has worked out of her home studio since 1998.  Her love for tactile material and texture continues to grow and evolve in her painting and mosaics.

She has enjoyed a relationship with Editions Ltd, in Indianapolis, IN since 2003.  She is married to Geoff Glanders and has three grown sons, Eric, Sam, and Charlie. She and her husband reside in Nashville, Indiana on a farm.

Artist Statement
My work is a reflection of the search for my spiritual devotion and responsibility in the world today.  I use this work to  explore ways to communicate and serve those that I love and those who need.  My life has been moved  to a journey of faith and this journey has become an integral part of my work.  I have spent a great deal of time researching symbols used in Christian art and I incorporate many of these symbols in my paintings and mosaics as well as symbols or objects that specifically speak to me spiritually.  I use symbols that are often very present in our lives today to tell stories about my experiences and my relationship with God.  It is my hope that these contemporary interpretations will spark curiosity among viewers and cause them to ask questions or ponder their own spirituality.  I feel the juxtaposition of familiar objects will at least keep the audience entertained if nothing else.  Having taken some time off painting to develop our farm and work on mosaics, I have recently transitioned from acrylic to oil medium.  It has “loosened” me up  and has resulted in more abstract painting which I find really exciting.

Mosaics have been a big part of my expression in the past decade and I have enjoyed the vast material opportunities that the medium affords.   I use smalti glass (Old Italian mosaic glass), stone metal, handmade ceramic pieces and found objects.


1978-1982  Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana,  B.S. Education
1993-1998  Herron School of Art and Design, Indianapolis, Indiana
2000  Nita Leeland Creative Workshop, San Juan Islands, Washington
2008  Chicago Mosaic Art School, Ilana Shafir Mosaic Workshop
2015   Quang Ho Workshop
2018 Mosaic Arts International,   Juror’s Choice Award
2003  Editions Limited, Indianapolis, Indiana, Group Show
2003  Christian Theological Seminary , Indianapolis, Indiana,  Juried Exhibition
2004  Editions Limited, Indianapolis, Indiana, Group Show
2005  Editions Limited, Indianapolis, Indiana, 2 Person Show
2006  Springfield Liturgical Art Festival, Springfield, Illinois,  Juried Exhibition
2006, 2009  Stanley Clark’s Art for the Mind, South Bend, Indiana
2006  Editions Limited, Indianapolis, Indiana, Group Show
2007  Editions Limited, Indianapolis, Indiana, Group Show
2010  Editions Limited, Indianapolis, Indiana, Group Show
2012 Ediitons LImited, Indianapolis, Indiana, Group Show
2015 Editions Limited, Indianapolis, Indiana, Solo Show\
2018 Mosaic Arts International, Boston, Massachusetts
2006  St. Elizabeth Seton, Carmel, Indiana
2007  Camp Tecumseh, Brookston, Indiana
2008  August Mack Environmental, Inc.  Indianapolis, Indiana
2008  Guerin Catholic High School, Noblesville, Indiana
2013-14  Marian Univeristy, Indianapolis, Indiana
2017 St. Charles Borromeao Catholic Church, Bloomington, Indiana
Book Publication
100 Artists of the Midwest: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin,  E. Ashley Rooney, 2012
2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010-  St. Theodore Guerin Catholic High School, Noblesville, Indiana
2010- St. Elizabeth Seton, Carmel Indiana
2011- Indianapolis Art Center
2014- Legatus
2014- Indianapolis Catholic Business Exchange
Professional Affiliations
Society of American Mosaic Artists, SAMA
Christians in the Visual Arts, CIVA
American Impressionist Society