All posts by Karen Kramer

Karen Kramer

Karen Kramer

Karen is the Curator of Native American and Oceanic Art and Culture. She loves working with artists, scholars, collectors, and educators to create exciting exhibition experiences. Karen also works as a part-time sand castle construction worker for the family business run by her 6 1/2 year old boy.


Aloha Hōkūle‘a

The Hōkūle‘a (“Star of Gladness”), Hawai’i’s famous voyaging canoe, recently left Salem, after porting here for a couple of days. Fueled by a passion for sharing a message about Mālama …


Who are you wearing?

Native Fashion Now opened a couple of weeks ago with a big bang – a preview party akin to Hollywood’s Oscar Academy Awards when that question (“who are you wearing?”) …

Heiltsuk Mask PEM

Art and life

I remember the exact time and place when Northwest Coast art and life came together for me – when I first truly understood just how integrated the two are for …

orlando dugi

Sights of Santa Fe

Every year around this time, I begin to look forward to returning to Santa Fe in mid-August.  Not just because that is where I celebrate my birthday. Or because the …

karen kramer_MET study shot 2

Native fashion now

I’m in the basement. Of the Met. In storage. With Harold Koda. (HAROLD KODA!!) Looking at Millicent Roger’s dress. Designed by Gilbert Adrian. For my next exhibition! This kept going …