karen maness

Karen Maness’ studio practice centers on painting expansive landscapes and intimate human stories, tied intrinsically to her simultaneous career in the American theatre. Her works are painted with the intent of transforming spaces and inviting viewers to rest or play in her infinite landscapes. Maness’ paintings have been exhibited nationally and are held in collections worldwide.

Maness is a member of the Live Design faculty at The University of Texas at Austin Department of Theatre & Dance, Scenic Art Supervisor at Texas Performing Arts, and co-founder of Texas Applied Arts conceived to deliver project-based collaborative, interdisciplinary courses to develop nimble students for the 21st-century workforce. 

Karen Maness’ studio practice centers on painting expansive landscapes and intimate human stories, tied intrinsically to her simultaneous career in the American theatre. Her works are painted with the intent of transforming spaces and inviting viewers to rest or play in her infinite landscapes. Maness’ paintings have been exhibited nationally and are held in collections worldwide.

A founding member and faculty at Atelier Dojo, an Austin community and school dedicated to the language of figurative painting, Maness advocates for mastery of painting in the physical world with the ability to communicate this understanding in digital, virtual, augmented, and mixed realities. She has worked extensively in theatre, themed attractions, industrial display, music tours, teaching master painting classes in the USA and abroad.  

She is the co-author of the award-winning The Art of the Hollywood Backdrop, the definitive behind-the-scenes history of Hollywood’s motion picture scenic art.   

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