Jenn Karson is an artist who works with concepts of mapping—the organization of space—and scoring—the organization of time. Her artworks take the form of intermedia, sculpture, soundworks, programming and installation. Her work has been exhibited and presented in the United States, Canada and Europe. Additionally, she is a curator of exhibitions and develops programs and curriculum that cross the disciplines of the arts, technology, fashion and architecture. She oversees the University of Vermont FabLab, a digital fabrication lab, in the College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences.

Karson founded and leads the Art and Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) Research Group also at UVM. In 2011 she co-founded the Burlington collective Vermont Makers and she’s released two full-length albums and three EPs of original music; In the 1990s she spent her early career touring as the lead singer and songwriter for Burlington’s legendary all-female rock band, Zola Turn.

Karson received her M.F.A. in Design + Technology from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2009.


Research and/or Creative Works

Selected Exhibitions, Visiting Artist Talks and Curated Programs

  • Alife2020. New Frontiers in AI: What Alife can offer AI. Montréal, Canada/virtual. 2020
  • Small File Media Festival. School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada/virtual. 2020.
  • Virtual Visiting Artist Talk and Generative Art Performance; Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT/virtual; December 17, 2020.
  • Curator, Casey Reas: Iterating Substance; Fleming Museum of Art, University of Vermont. Rescheduled (due to COVID-19) for spring 2022.
  • Curator, Behind the Schemes: When Helen of Troy Came to UVM. Fleming Museum or Art, UVM, Burlington, VT. 2019
  • Artist talk and Toy Hacking workshop, Sienna College, April 4, Loudonville, NY. 2018.
  • lluminated Forest, Shelburne Farms, Shelburne, VT. 2018.
  • Interactive Design with the Arduino Microcontroller workshop, College Arts Association Conference, New York, NY. 2017.
  • Talk, Sub Ambient Sound Lab, Toronto International Electroacoustic Symposium, Toronto, CA. 2017.
  • Staring Back: The Creation and Legacy of Picasso’s Desmoiselles d’Avignon, Robert Hull Fleming Museum, UVM, Burlington VT. 2015.
  • Break it! Build It! Burlington City Arts Center, Burlington, VT. 2014.
  • User Required, Burlington City Arts Center, Burlington, VT. 2013.
  • Audible Observations, SOMArts, Ethnographic Terminalia, San Francisco, CA. 2012.
  • Going to Waterbury, An Asylum Project, Vermont State Hospital, Waterbury, VT. 2012.
  • Ethnographic Terminalia New Orleans, Du Mois Gallery, New Orleans, LA. 2010.
  • On the Planet, Studio Place Arts, Millstone Hill Granite Quarries installation, Barre, VT. 2010.
  • Art Incurable, Echo Science Center, Burlington, VT and La Bellevilloise, Paris, France. 2010.

Awards and Recognition

Recent Awards

UVM Art + Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) Research Group Funding from Northeast Cyberteam, Funding from the National Science foundation (NSF) under award No. OAC-1659377. Computations were performed on the Vermont Advanced Computing Core supported in part by NSF award No. OAC-1827314.

Lattie Coor Collaborative Fellowship, UVM Humanities Center. Funding for collaborative intermedia project with choreographer and dancer Paula Higa. 2020.

Vermont Community Center Foundation, Funding for dance/art film with choreographer Paula Higa. 2020.

Vermont Arts Council, Professional Development Grant. 2020.

Associations and Affiliations

  • Peer Reviewer. Leonardo journal, MIT Press.
  • International Society of Artificial Life
  • Leonardo, The International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology.
Jennifer Karson

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Art and artificial intelligence, digital fabrication, sound and installation art, artist mapping and scoring, art direction + graphic design.


  • B.A. University of Vermont, Political Science
  • M.F.A. San Francisco Art Institute, Design + Technology


Office Location:

401 Williams Hall

Office Hours:

Fall 2021: R 4:00P-4:30P @ FabLab Votey 242/229

Courses Taught

  • ARTS 144 Digital Art
  • ARTS 244 Advanced Digital Art
  • ARTS 145 Graphic Design
  • Special Topics Courses in Digital Fabrication and Intermedia
  • ARTS 294 Teaching Assistantship
  • ARTS 198 Undergraduate Research