Oregon College of Art and Craft
Chair, MFA Craft
Karl Burkheimer is an Associate Professor and Department Head of the wood program at Oregon College of Art and Craft in Portland, Oregon. Actively involved in the development of the MFA in Applied Craft and Design—offered in collaboration between OCAC and Pacific Northwest College of Art—he currently teaches critique seminar, mentors students, and is the Associate Chair within the program. Prior to joining the faculty at OCAC, Karl was an Assistant Professor of design at Virginia Commonwealth University's branch campus in Qatar. He has also worked with students and faculty from the University of Manitoba as a guest artesian for service learning studios in Turkey and Africa.
Karl earned an MFA from the Department of Crafts and Material Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University and a Bachelor of Environmental Design in Architecture from North Carolina State University. His artistic practice is founded on an interest in labor and skill, reflecting many years of personal experience building objects and environments for both artistic and utilitarian purposes. His work has been exhibited nationally, including recent exhibitions at the Disjecta Interdisciplinary Art Center, the Museum of Contemporary Craft in Portland, Oregon, and the Society for Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His critical writing has been published in Ceramic Monthly, and he has received several awards of recognition as well as institutional funding, including a 2012 individual Artist Fellowship from the Oregon Arts Commission, a finalist for the 2013 Contemporary Northwest Art Awards at the Portland Art Museum, and a2013 U.S.-Japan Creative Artist Fellowship.