Audubon Insectarium Grand Opening by Karen Carr

Geologic period: Modern


Audubon Insectarium Grand Opening

From the earliest of times, insects have had important jobs developing, proliferating and serving as a catalyst for the survival and evolution of our ecosystem. With a vision that started more than a decade ago, Audubon Nature Institute saw merit in paying tribute to the largest group of animals on the planet, narrating New Orleans history from a truly unique vantage point and complementing its family of nature-themed attractions, including Audubon Zoo and Audubon Aquarium of the Americas. In Audubon Insectarium, insects of all shapes, sizes and species, from New Orleans to Nairobi and many points in between, have a world-class residence from which to entice locals and visitors alike.

Underscoring the importance of insects and their world, Audubon Insectarium found its new address on Canal Street at the historically significant U.S. Custom House in downtown New Orleans. Transforming part of a federal building into a unique museum space was a prolonged but genuine labor of love for the designers, artisans, animal staff and corporate leaders who combined efforts to bring the dream of an 'insect temple' to its end result.

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Client information:

Audubon Institute Insectarium
423 Canal Street
New Orleans, LA 70130

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In addition to the time she spends painting, Karen finds time now and again to serve as a guest speaker, lecturer and instructor to museum groups, professional organizations, schools and universities. She has also presented master classes in art and digital painting at universities in the U.S.

Karen has delivered recent presentations for these institutions and groups:

  • Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
  • Southern Methodist University
  • Guild of Natural Science Illustrators at the College of William & Mary and at Montana State University
  • New Mexico Highlands University
  • University of Texas at Arlington
  • University of North Texas
  • Dallas Paleontological Society


About Karen

Originally trained in the classical techniques of illustration and painting, Karen frequently speaks on the transition to a digital world, and on the challenges and benefits this transition poses for artists, clients and viewers. She conducts professional seminars on painting, illustration and digital image creation, and also offers specific programs tailored to the needs of professional groups or classroom instructors.

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