Karen is currently a volunteer for the Fuse Factory and works directly with the Frequency Friday experimental music and sound art series. She is an OSU graduate in Art Education and from 1992-2002 volunteered for the Acme Art Gallery in the Short North, including serving on its board of directors from 1995-1997. Acme was most known for showcasing cutting-edge and controversial art for most of its existence (it closed in 2002). The Acme Art Gallery also hosted musical and sound and performance artists, and Karen was the keyboardist for a performance art and experimental music group named GaGa. The Acme Art Gallery was where GaGa got its start. GaGa used electronic, industrial elements and fire in its shows, all of which was experimental and improvisational in nature. After GaGa dissolved in the early 2000’s, Karen played the synthesizer in a more conventional band called Faded Sympathy. Currently, Karen is a member of a free-form electronic improv trio, Tone Elevator, which has been invited to played in several Frequency Friday events.
Karen currently works at a non-profit agency that provides guardianship services for mentally/physically disabled adults all over the state of Ohio.