Karen Donnellan

Karen Donnellan

Alfred, NY, USA


Karen Donnellan is an Irish-born visual/sonic artist and educator based in Western NY. She received a Bachelors of Design from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin and an MFA from the Rochester Institute of Technology, New York. She is a past board member of the Glass Art Society. Karen has exhibited nationally and internationally at venues including the Irish Museum of Contemporary Art, Traver Gallery, WA, and the Burchfield Penney Art Center, NY. She has participated in artist residencies at Pilchuck Glass School, the Toledo Museum of Art and Edinburgh College of Art. In 2016 she presented "Arc", a solo exhibition of new work at Kitchen Table Gallery, Philadelphia, PA. Karen is Assistant Professor of Sculpture and Glass and Co-Director of the National Casting Center at the New York State College of Ceramics, Alfred University, NY.

"My interdisciplinary practice is concerned with illustrating that which cannot be physically held.

I make objects and installations which, paradoxically, evoke the intangible essence of things. While I use a wide range of media, glass and sound are central to this endeavor. Glass captures light; sound captures vibration. Both mediums speak the language of the mystical.

I am influenced by the early symbolism and sacred geometry of ancient civilizations like Egypt, Lemuria and Atlantis. Central to my imagery is the circle—a universal symbol and a symbol of the universe. The circle is a recurring motif as an invocation of the Divine Feminine.

I am trained in the energy healing modalities of Reiki, Seichem, and Magnified Healing. These modalities are based on the same traditions from which I draw my imagery and base my conceptual practice. For me, art lies at the nexus of light and energy."


  • casting
  • glassblower
  • kilnforming


Business Name:

Alfred University
2 Pine St.
Alfred, NY 14802