MFA, Painting, Boston University
BFA, Painting, Cornell University
Awards: The Rome Prize Fellowship of the American Academy in Rome
The Pollock/Krasner Foundation Grant
The Ingram Merrill Foundation Grant
Artist's Fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts and a New York State CAPS Grant..
In her paintings in mixed media, Caren Canier borrows imagery from the classical world along with nineteenth century and contemporary photographs to create images about human experience of time, history and memory. Her technique involves a combination of collage and painting. Much of her work is informed by time spent in Italy, where layers of history are visibly embedded in the fabric of contemporary life. Many of her recent paintings juxtapose forms from antiquity and the modern world, borrowing from experiences of living in Rome and Umbria and recently, traveling in Egypt. She is currently working on paintings about American themes and landscape, drawing inspiration from American sculptor Elie Nadelman.
Her work has been exhibited in many venues including solo exhibitions at the Robert Schoelkopf and Bowery Galleries in New York, Boston University's Sherman Gallery, the Art Museum of the University of New Hampshire, Durham and the Korn Gallery at the Dorothy Young Center for the Arts at Drew University. Her most recent solo show was at The Painting Center in New York City.