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Karen Roehr

Karen E. Roehr, M.F.A. Associate Professor

Educational Background

M.F.A., Graphic Communications, Washington University in St. Louis
B.A., Studio Art, Bowdoin College


Karen E. Roehr is an associate professor of Art & Design. She works as a graphic designer/illustrator and book artist with a special interest in miniature books and movable books. Her design work has been featured in Rockport books, print books/magazine. She creates the comic strip Gymratz©, now in its thirteenth year, for International Gymnast. She does pro-bono creative work for various non-profit groups and volunteered for over 17 years at Boston Children’s Hospital.

Her teaching interests include integrating professional practice and engagement with social and environmental concerns and interdisciplinary projects and classes with Computer Science, Engineering, English, Music and Sound Recording.

Grants include the Kimberly Colen grant from the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, a Massachusetts Cultural Council grant; Creative Economy Grant; Two Healy Grants; Lauren Dunne Astley Memorial Foundation Grant; Creative Service Learning Grants and she was co-investigator on teams for two prior NSF grants that integrated design with computer science.

Awards for design work include: Art Director’s Boston; Creativity Annual NY. Best Shirt Designs; Mulshoe Award second place for publication design; logo design. Roehr’s fine art work is in the collection at Dow Elanco France. Her artist books have been exhibited nationally and internationally.

Teaching awards include: Art & Design Department Teaching award (2002 & 2011); Twice received Teaching Award on National Athletes day (by top scholar/athlete art majors); Excellence in Teaching (Student Government Association 2010); Excellence in Innovative and Transformational Education (2013).