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Kari Varner


Department of Art and Design


Using a variety of image-making techniques, Kari Varner’s work explores representations of the landscape through the photographic image. Her current practice considers the transformative and unceasing effects of natural and human-made forms of erosion.

Her work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions abroad, including the Palace and Museum Bourbon del Monte in Monte Santa Maria Tiberina, Italy; San Marco Basilica in Florence, Italy; and Kunst(seug)haus Rapperswil Museum and Kammgarn West Schaffhausen in Switzerland. Previous exhibitions in the United States include the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum in St. Louis, the Anderson Ranch Arts Center and Belmont University.

Varner has received a Project Grant from the Puffin Foundation and funding to complete site-specific projects in Iceland and several locations across central Europe. She was also awarded the Spencer T. and Ann W. Olin Fellowship Program for Women in Graduate Study and a residency at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts. She has a passion for sharing the practice of photography with children and has led numerous workshops at secondary schools and after-school programs.


  • MFA, Washington University in St. Louis
  • BFA, University of Denver

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