Karen Ristuben  
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  • M.F.A., Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier, VT, expected 2011
  • Post- Baccalaureate Certificate, 2009  School of the Museum of Fine Arts (SMFA), Boston
  • M.A.T., 2004  SMFA, in affiliation with Tufts University, Medford MA
  • J.D. cum laude, 1987, Suffolk University Law School, Boston MA          
  • B.F.A, 1982, SMFA, in affiliation with Tufts University, Medford MA


  • Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School, Hamilton MA, Faculty, Visual Arts, 2004 - present
  • DeCordova Museum & Sculpture Park,  Lincoln MA, Faculty, 2006 - present
  • Montserrat College of Art, Beverly MA,  Adjunct Professor and Interim Program Supervisor,
     Art Education 2007, 2008; Supervising Practitioner, 2008-present
  • North Shore Arts Association, Gloucester MA, Assistant Gallery Director, 2002-2004
  • Meehan, Boyle, Black & Bogdanow, Boston MA, Attorney1987-2007
    – Principal,  2007-2010 - Of Counsel

Solo Exhibitions:

  • Rockport Art Association, March, 2007
  • 100 Cambridge St. Gallery,  Boston, Mass.  December, 2006
  • Cutler School Art Gallery, S. Hamilton, Mass., May 2006

Selected Group Exhibitions:

  • Marblehead Arts Association, Marblehead, Mass., March, 2010
  • Salem State College, Glassworks Gallery, Salem, Mass., March, 2007   
  • Cape Ann Artisans, juried member, biannual Open Studios 2004- 2009   
  • Rocky Neck Gallery, Gloucester, Mass., 2003-present   
  • Cambridge Art Association, Cambridge, Mass., 2005-2007
  • Rockport Art Association, Rockport, Mass., 2003-present
  • North Shore Arts Association, Gloucester, Mass., 2002-present
  • Marblehead Festival of the Arts, Marblehead, Mass., July, 2002
  • Lynn Arts, Lynn, Mass., 2002


  • Rocky Neck Art Colony, Gloucester MA  President, 2009-present: oversight and long-range planning for all programs and functions of historic art community including Artist Residency Program, Historic Art Trail, Rocky Neck Gallery, budget, finance, exhibitions and marketing;
  • Cape Ann Artisans, Gloucester MA, Chair, Marketing and Publicity Committee, 2005-2007;
  • North Shore Arts Association, Gloucester MA, Board of Trustees, 2004-2005; Budget &
  • Finance Committee; Membership Jury and Exhibitions Jury.
  • SeaARTS, Gloucester MA, Exhibitions Jury 2010.
  • Rockport Art Association, Rockport MA, 2007-2009 Exhibitions Jury.
  • Ristuben Jazz Combo: band leader, singer, guitarist.
  • Town of Rockport, Community Preservation Committee, 2000-2004
  • School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston MA, Board of Governors, 1993-94.
  • Medical Malpractice Mediation Project, Boston MA, Co-chair, 1994-1998: collaborated with leadership of Mass. Medical Society to develop and implement alternative dispute resolution system for medical malpractice claims.
  • Massachusetts Bar Association, Boston MA, Chair, Health Law Section, 1994-1997.
    Suffolk University Law School, Boston MA, Editor-in-Chief, Suffolk Univ. Law Review,
  • Artifactory, Boston MA, Co-Director, 1980-82:  project planning and development for environmental art organization. 

Professional Memberships:

  • Rockport Art Association, Artist & Photography Member
  • North Shore Arts Association, Artist Member and Trustee
  • Rocky Neck Art Colony
  • Massachusetts Teachers Association
  • College Art Association
  • Cambridge Art Association
  • Marblehead Arts Association
  • Massachusetts Bar Association


  • Massachusetts Teacher Certification:   #391469, Visual Art (5-12), 2004
  • Dispute Resolution Certification:  Harvard School of Public Health, Program in Health Care Negotiation, 1998
  • Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers: #550453, 1987