ABOUT KAREN

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Karen's career as a scenic artist has profoundly affected her instincts and practice as a studio artist, ever reminding her of the palpable, dynamic, spatial interplay between character, story and environment -- the theatre of daily life.

Artist Statement

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The Painting Residence of Artist Karen Maness 

Rust Red Studio

Karen is the principal instructor of scenic art and figurative painting at the University of Texas at Austin, Department of Theatre & Dance. She has taught master painting classes in the United States and abroad, and teaches privately through her studio in Austin.

Scenic Art, Figurative Painting & Fabric Rendering

Teaching

To find out if there are any private classes coming up, please use the contact form on the contact page or check the news & events blog for private class announcements!

Biography

Karen L. Maness is the principal instructor of scenic art and figurative painting for the University of Texas at Austin, Department of Theatre & Dance, and Scenic Art Supervisor at Texas Performing Arts. Karen is the founder of RUST RED STUDIO in Austin, Texas where she works and teaches privately. She received her degree in Theatrical Design and Studio Art from Whittier College in Los Angeles, studied advanced translucent backdrop painting at Cobalt Studios in NY, and continued her academic figurative and landscape painting education at The Florence Academy of Art. 

 

Her career as a scenic artist and studio artist spans 25 years.  She has worked extensively in regional theatre, themed attractions, industrial display, film and music tours, teaching master painting classes in the United States and abroad. Her studio practice and design work include public art, exhibitions, consultation, and corporate commissions. Her paintings have been exhibited nationally and are held in private collections worldwide.

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Director 

(Former Commissioner

of Scene Design)

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Scenic Art  Supervisor

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Lecturer 

 

(Scenic Art, Figurative Painting & Fabric Rendering)

 

Texas Theatre & Dance
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Rust Red Studio

Opening it's doors to the public for the East Austin Studio Tour: November 12-13 & 19-20,  11am - 6pm

 

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