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Karla Runquist


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The overwhelming beauty of wildlife and the ever-changing environment surrounding it have always brought Karla Runquist a sense of spirituality. “There’s magic in Nature, and it’s that magic that excites me and ignites my creativity,” she relates. Her farming background, with its immersion in nature, actually laid the foundation from which she drew her inspiration for her artistic endeavors. Always fascinated with art as a child, she set aside that pursuit for the full-time demands of marriage and family. But passion for the creation of art can be denied for only so long, and as her children grew, Karla directed her energies toward painting again, with their encouragement. A happy discovery was made that she also had an aptitude for teaching painting, and the income allowed her to take a sculpture workshop that literally changed her life. Karla's studio is located in Macomb, Illinois, where she also attended art related classes at Western Illinois University. She received an Illinois Arts Council Grant to attend the International Sculpture Conference in Chicago in 1998, the Award of Excellence at “The Salute to the Masters,” and has work in collections around the world, including Holland and Japan. Karla notes, “I choose to portray the positive, the beautiful, the caring - and most of all, the love and joy of life.”
Shows & Exhibitions
International Exhibition on Animals in Art. Baton Rouge, LA
Center For The Visual Arts. Wausau, WI
Sculpture of the South. Summerville, SC
Peoria Art Guild. Peoria, IL
Keokuk Art Center. Keokuk, IA
FMAAA Depot Gallery, Fort Madison IA
Salute to the Masters East. St. Louis, MO
Loveland Sculpture Show. Loveland CO
Lakeview Museum. Peoria, IL
Danada Sculpture Show. Wheaton IL
John A. Logan College. Carbondale, IL
David Strawn Gallery. Jacksonville, IL
Augustana College. Rock Island, IL
John Deere Corporate Offices. Milan, IL
Burlington Art Guild. Burlington, IA

Center for the Visual Arts. Wausau, WA
Quad City Art Center. Rock Island, IL
Operation Wildlife. Overland Park, KS
Salute to the Masters. East St. Louis, MO
Illinois State Arts Council Grant
John A Logan College. Carbondale, IL





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