Karen Johnson Boyd

Year inducted: 2012
1924-

Karen Johnson Boyd has supported the arts in general but especially crafts as a collector, donor, board member, publisher, sponsor of museums and exhibitions and as owner and president of Chicago’s Perimeter Gallery. She has focused on emerging artists, collecting their work and documenting their careers. She has promoted a broader perspective of art by assembling museum-quality examples of contemporary craft and exhibiting them in the larger context of painting and sculpture.

Karen was exposed to art early as her grandfather was a post-Impressionist painter and head of the art faculty at Cornell University. She also grew up in a home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and later had him design her own.

Boyd’s support for artists and their careers has extended naturally to museum collections, exhibitions and educational programs. The Cooper-Hewitt, the Milwaukee Art Museum and the Racine Art Museum have all benefited from her support. Boyd has donated in excess of 1,000 works to the Racine Art Museum’s permanent collection.

Works by Karen Johnson Boyd

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