Houston artist, Karyn Olivier, was born in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. She created an installation for Women & Their Work Gallery titled “Winter Hung to Dry”. The artist stated, “My work asks the viewer to be a participant rather than passive onlooker, bringing into the space all their life experiences. As the work is approached experientially, the viewer’s involvement is transformed from a limited physical engagement to include psychological, emotional and sociological responses.”
Olivier was one of 46 artists in the United States who received the highly competitive Creative Capital Foundation Grant for 2005. Currently she is Assistant Professor of Sculpture at the Department of Art, University of Houston. She received her BA from Dartmouth and her MFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art. In 2003 she completed the Core Fellowship Residency at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. She was a recipient of the Skowhegan Camille Hanks Cosby Fellowship for African-American artists and exhibited her first solo show in 2002 at Project Row Houses in Houston. Olivier’s work has also been exhibited regionally and nationally in group exhibitions.