Master of Fine Arts, Rochester Institute of Technology, NY, USA 


Bachelor of Design (Honours), National College of Art & Design, Dublin, Ireland


International Exchange Program, Southern Illinois University, IL, USA


Solo Exhibitions


Arc, Kitchen Table Gallery, Philadelphia, PA


Musica Universalis, Williams Gallery, Beard Arts Center, Indiana Wesleyan University, IN


Cercle, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny, Ireland


Essentia, Sylvia L. Rosen Gallery, Burchfield Penney Arts Center, Buffalo, NY


O, Gallery Kunstler, Rochester NY


Selected Group Exhibitions

Juried unless otherwise stated


Luxus, Corning, NY


American Craft Today: Glass, Bascom Center for Visual Arts, Highlands, NC

Solas, National College of Art & Design Gallery, Dublin, Oct 14-20, travelling to the Hunt Museum, Limerick; Greyfriars Municipal Gallery, Waterford; and Wandsford Quay Gallery, Cork in January 2016

Glass Invitational, Exhibit A Gallery, Corning, NY, invitational

Delicate Matter: Trio exhibition featuring the work of Karen Donnellan, Liz Nilsson and Jennifer Hickey, Luan Gallery, Athlone, Ireland, invitational

Portfolio: Glass, Solomon Fine Art Gallery, Dublin, Ireland

21st Century Glass, University Gallery, Salisbury University, MD, invitational

The Next, Tower Fine Arts Gallery, SUNY Brockport, NY, invitational

Captured Light: Glass Biennial, Art Association Gallery, Jackson Hole, WY


Vase Vessel Void, Oliver Sears Gallery, Dublin, Ireland, invitational

Innovation, Pilchuck Emerging Artist in Residence Exhibition, METHOD, Seattle, USA, invitational

European Glass Experience, Museo Technológico del Vidrio, Spain; Museum of Glass, Marinha Grande, Portugal; Museum of Glass, Murano, Venice, Italy

Innovation, Schack Art Center Gallery, Everett, WA, invitational

Material Matters, Makers Gallery, Seattle Design Week, Seattle, WA, invitational

MADE, Space CRAFT, Belfast, UK

Rian, Barbara Stanley Gallery, London Fashion Week, London, UK, invitational


Irish Craft Portfolio Exhibition 2013, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, Ireland

Sculpture In Context, National Botanic Gardens, Dublin, Ireland

Moving, Neon Workshops, Wakefield, UK, invitational

Videotheque|Make Shift, Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh, UK, invitational

Gather,  Irish Wave, Tushanwan Museum, Shanghai, China

Future Makers, National College of Art & Design Gallery, Dublin, Ireland

Resonance, collaborative installation and performance, Edinburgh, UK, invitational


Stanislav Libensky Award 2012, Exhibition of Finalists, St. George’s Convent, Prague, Czech Republic

World Craft Council: European Prize for Applied Arts, Mons, Belgium

Engaging With Glass, Traver Gallery, travelling show, WA, USA

GLASS: A Juried Art Show, Minnetrista, Muncie, IN, USA

Keep Going, Sure it’s Grand, Solomen Fine Art, Dublin, Ireland, invitational


New Living Art II, Irish Museum of Contemporary Art, Dublin, Ireland

Art in Craft Media, East Gallery, Burchfield Penney Art Center, Buffalo, NY, USA

Future Makers Exhibition 2011, Wandesford Quay Gallery, Cork, Ireland

Winter Open Show, Rua Red, Dublin, Ireland

Engaging With Glass, Glass Society of Ireland, Solstice Center, Meath, Ireland


Generation, National Craft Gallery, Ireland


Sculpture In Context, National Botanic Gardens, Dublin, Ireland

Future Makers Awards Showcase, National Craft Gallery, Ireland


Supports + Awards


American Craft Today: Glass, Bascom Center for Visual Arts, Third Prize


Future Makers Practitioner Grant, Craft Council of Ireland

Continued Professional Development Grant, Craft Council of Ireland

Artist Award, Cavan Arts, Ireland


Travel and Training Fund, Arts Council of Ireland

Hamilton Taylor Award, Scottish Glass Society, UK

Hepworth Gallery Scholarship, Neon Workshops, UK


World Craft Council Film Festival, Finalist, Belgium

World Craft Council Prize for Applied Arts, shortlisted, Belgium

Future Makers Residencies Grant, Craft Council of Ireland

Continued Professional Development Grant, Craft Council of Ireland


Langley Kenzie Endowment Award, Art in Craft Media, Burchfield Penney Arts Center, Buffalo, NY, USA

NICHE Finalist, Student Glass Sculpture Category, USA

Outstanding International Student Service Award, Rochester Institute of Technology, NY, USA

Wallace Center Purchase Prize 2011, Rochester Institute of Technology, NY, USA

Summer Scholarship, The Studio at The Corning Museum of Glass, NY USA

Future Makers Networking Grant, Craft Council of Ireland

School for American Crafts Alumni Award, Rochester Institute of Technology, NY, USA

Tommy McLoughlin Memorial Award, Cavan County Council, Ireland


Future Makers Materials Grant, Crafts Council of Ireland

Student Conference Scholarship, Glass Art Society, Seattle, WA, USA


Future Makers Travel and Training Grant, Crafts Council of Ireland

Leonardo Da Vinci, European Union Grant Recipient


Student Partnership Scholarship, Pilchuck Glass School, WA, USA


Selected Collections


Museum of Glass, Murano, Venice, Italy (2)


St. George’s Convent Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic


Morrison Hotel, Dublin, Ireland


Wallace Memorial Library Collection, Rochester, NY, USA (2)

College of Imaging Arts and Sciences, Dean’s Collection, RIT, NY, USA (2)


Artist Residencies


Toledo Museum of Art GAPP Residency, Glass Pavilion, OH, USA, 1 week

Cill Rialaig, Artist Retreat Residency, Kerry, Ireland, 2 weeks

National College of Art & Design, Ireland, 1 year


Pilchuck Glass School, Emerging Artist Residency, WA, USA, 7 weeks

Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh, UK, 9 months


Bullseye Glass Company, Portland, OR, 2 months




A Year in Review with Educators, Rees, GAS News, Winter 2014/15

The Intangible in Practice: Karen Donnellan, Emerging Artist Lecture, Glass Art Society Journal


Vase Vessel Void, CatalogueOliver Sears Gallery, Kennedy, 8/9

Culture File, interview, Lyric FM, Eleanor Flegg, 9/9

Clouds in a church and other sounds moves at Kilkenny Artist Festival, Aiden Dunne, Arts and Ideas: Interview, Illustration, Irish Times, Kilkenny, Ireland, 15/8

Kilkenny Arts Festival 2014 set to attract 40,000 visitorsThe Munster Express, Article, 12/8

The Four Minute Interview with Artist Karen Donnellan, Sunday Independent, 11/8

Artists and audience asked to mix it up a little for overhauled Kilkenny Festival,  Laurence Macklin, Irish Times, Kilkenny Ireland, 6/8

Resonance, Kilkenny Arts Festival Magazine, National Craft Gallery, Article and Illustration, Ireland, 4/7

The Chic and Unique of London Fashion Week, Irish Times, McQuillan, 18/2

Bright Adventures, Glass Society of Ireland, McIlgorm, 7/2


Emerging Artist Lecture Catalogue 2014, Glass Art Society, 27/12

SGS Awards, Scottish Glass Society Newsletter, Henderson, Issue 113, 7/13


From Pupil to Master: Review, Sunday Times, Leach Hughes, 14/10

Irish Craft Portfolio 2012-14, Crafts Council of Ireland


Engaging with glass: Exhibition Catalogue, Oldknow, 6/3

New Board Members, GAS Journal 2011, Gaynor


Student Representative Profile, GAS News, Nov, Gaynor


Student Profile: Karen Donnellan, Kirchmann, GAS News, 17/11

Careers In Craft, Craft Council of Ireland, 11/9

Glass Fashion Extravaganza, Show Catalogue, Donefor, 18/12


Critical Writing


An Interview with Emma Woffenden, Glass Quarterly, Winter 2014/15

Ulysses Cylinders by Dale Chihuly & Seaver Leslie, Review, Glass Quarterly, Fall

Member Profile: Namdoo Kim, GASnews, Summer

Richard William Wheater: The Practice of Poetics, GASnews, Spring

Ne, Make Believe Craft Writers Blog, (Jessica Hemmings & Eleanor Flegg)


Tavs Jorgensen & Gayle Mathias: Collaborative Research, GASnews Winter

Heike Brachlow, Member Profile, GASnews, Summer

Joanne Teasdale, Member Profile, GASnews, Spring

Jeff Zimmer, Member Profile, GASNews, Jan/Feb


Bertil Vallien, Lifetime Achievement Award, GASNews, May/June

University of Sunderland, School Profile, GASnews, March/April

The Glass Furnace, Turkey, GASNews, October/November


Netta Bacon: Student Member Profile, GASNews, August/September

Kumi Nakajima: Student Member Profile, GASNews, June

Welsh School of Architectural Glass, Swansea Metropolitan University, GASNews, April

Chris Boha: Student Member Profile, GASNews, April

David John King: Student Profile, GASNews, Feb/Mar


Anna Mlasowski: Student Profile, GASNews, Dec/Jan

Clarke F. DeCapite Jr: Student Profile, GASNews, Oct/Nov


Jerpoint Glass Studios 1979 –2009, B.Des Thesis, Dublin, Ireland

Thomas McLoughin Memorial Award, Anglo Celt, Tidy, 1/7


For a complete CV, please email the artist.


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