Karah Lain, MFA

Karah Lain received her MFA from Oregon College of Art and Craft, and has shown her collage and painting work throughout the country in such locations as the Zhou B Art Center in Chicago, Illinois, Third Room in Portland, Oregon, and Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. She has also served as an artist in residence at Portland Garment Factory and In Cahoots Residency, and as a University Fellow at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. She is currently Assistant Professor of Visual Art in Painting and Drawing at Point Loma Nazarene University. 


  • M.F.A. in Craft, Oregon College of Art and Craft
  • B.S. in Painting, Drawing, and Illustration, Olivet Nazarene University

Courses Taught

  • Painting 1
  • Painting 2
  • Drawing 1
  • Life Drawing 
  • 2D Design 
  • Color Theory 

Experience in Field

Select exhibitions: 

  • Paper Dagger - Group exhibition at Tropical Contemporary in Eugene, Oregon 
  • C-Note - Group exhibition at the San Diego Art Institute in San Diego, California 
  • An Inventory of Shimmers - Solo exhibition at Keller Gallery at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, California 
  • Make/Shift – Two-person exhibition at Three Seeds Gallery in Chicago, Illinois 
  • The Artificial Obvious – Two-person exhibition at Third Room in Portland, Oregon 
  • Invisiblia: Artists Exploring Invisible Life Forces - Group exhibition at Governors State University Visual Arts Gallery in University Park, Illinois 
  • National Juried Exhibition - In Conjunction with the Center for Faulkner Studies - Group exhibition at Catapult Gallery at Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, Missouri 
  • ANAMNESIS – Group exhibition at the Troy Laundry Building in Portland, Oregon 
  • National Wet Paint Biennale – Group exhibition at Zhou B Art Center in Chicago, Illinois 

Professional and Community Involvement

  • Artist in Residence – In Cahoots Press and Residency, Petaluma, California
  • University Fellow - Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, Tennessee 
  • Artist in Residence - Portland Garment Factory, Portland, Oregon
  • Presentation at COLLAGE:BOOKS symposium, in conjunction with Volume 2, MTL Art Book Fair in Montreal, Canada