- MFA, Painting, Boston University
- BFA, Painting, Cornell University
Awards: The Rome Prize Fellowship of the American Academy in Rome, the Pollock/Krasner Foundation Grant, the Ingram Merrill Foundation Grant, two Artist's Fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts and a New York State CAPS Grant..
Courses: Life Drawing (ARTS 4964/4971), Painting (ARTS 4220), Advanced Drawing (ARTS 4200), Basic Drawing (ARTS 1200), Fundamentals of 2D Design (ARTS 2220)
In her paintings in mixed media, Caren Canier borrows imagery from the classical world along with nineteenth century and contemporary photographs to create images about human experience of time, history and memory. Her technique involves a combination of collage and painting. Much of her work is informed by time spent in Italy, where layers of history are visibly embedded in the fabric of contemporary life. Many of her recent paintings juxtapose forms from antiquity and the modern world, borrowing from experiences of living in Rome and Umbria and recently, traveling in Egypt. She is currently working on paintings about American themes and landscape, drawing inspiration from American sculptor Elie Nadelman. Her work has been exhibited in many venues including solo exhibitions at the Robert Schoelkopf and Bowery Galleries in New York, Boston University's Sherman Gallery, the Art Museum of the University of New Hampshire, Durham and the Korn Gallery at the Dorothy Young Center for the Arts at Drew University. Her most recent solo show was at The Painting Center in New York City.