Timeline

1939
Born in Chicago, IL
1961
BFA, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Current resides in Chicago, IL as Full Adjunct Professor, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Exhibitions

2012
Sinister Pop, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
2012
The Invitational Exhibition of Visual Arts, American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, NY
2012
Re-Source, Jean Albano Gallery, IL
2012
Objets Extraordinaire, , Highland Park Art Center, Highland Park, IL
2011
: Hypercolon :, SMART Project Space, Amsterdam
2011
Chicago Imagists, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Madison, WI
2011
Works on Paper: Selections from the Elmhurst College Collection, Elmhurst Art Museum, Elmhurst, IL
2011
DRAWN, Adam Baumgold Gallery, New York, NY
2011
Pretty on the Inside, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, NY
2011
The Paper Show, Jean Albano Gallery, Chicago, IL
2011
Play Ball, Lancaster Museum of Art, Lancaster, PA
2011
The Art of Collecting, the Flint Institute of Arts, Flint, MI
2010
Jean Albano Gallery, Chicago, IL (solo)
2010
Derek Eller Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
2009
Cool! Cool! Cool! Cool!, Jean Albano Gallery, Chicago, IL
2008
The Baseball Show, Jean Albano Gallery, Chicago, IL
2008
Karl Wirsum: Paintings & Prints, Contemporary Art Center of Peoria, Peoria, IL (solo)
2007–2008
Winsome Works(some), Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL; Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, WI; Herron Galleries, Indiana University-Perdue University, Indianapolis, IN (solo)
2008–2007
On Line, Adam Baumgold Gallery, New York, NY
2007
Karl Wirsum: Plays Missed It For You, Jean Albano Gallery, Chicago, IL (solo)
2006
The Wirsum-Gunn Family Show, Jean Albano Gallery, Chicago, IL (solo)
2006
Drawn into the World, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
2006
The Artful Jester, The Painting Center, New York, NY & Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, Brattleboro, VT
2006
181st Annual: An Invitational Exhibition of Contemporary American Art, National Academy of Design, New York, NY
2003–2006
Faces, Places, & Inner Spaces, Art Institute of Chicago, IL
2005
Union Art Gallery, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI (solo)
2005
The Cartoonist’s Eye, A + D Gallery, Colombia College, Chicago, IL
2005
25th Anniversary Show, Block Museum, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
2004
Hello Again Boom A Rang: Ten Years of Wirsum Art, Jean Albano Gallery, Chicago, IL (solo)
2002
Paintings and Cutouts, Quincy Art Center, Quincy, IL (solo)
2002
Jean Albano Gallery, Chicago, IL (solo)
2001
Rockford College Gallery, Rockford, IL (solo)
2000
Jean Albano Gallery, Chicago, IL (solo)
1998
Jean Albano Gallery, Chicago, IL (solo)
1998
University Club of Chicago, Chicago, IL (solo)
1997
The University of Iowa Museum of Art, Sculpture Court, Iowa City, Iowa (solo)
1994
Phyllis Kind Gallery, Chicago, IL (solo)
1994
J. Maddux Parker Gallery, Sacramento, CA (solo)
1992
Phyllis Kind Gallery, Chicago, IL (solo)
1991
Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL (solo)
1989
Phyllis Kind Gallery, Chicago, IL (solo)
1988
Phyllis Kind Gallery, Chicago, IL (solo)
1988
Phyllis Kind Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1988
College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, IL (solo)
1986
Phyllis Kind Gallery, Chicago, IL (solo)
1986
Phyllis Kind Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1984
Phyllis Kind Gallery, Chicago, IL (solo)
1983
Phyllis Kind Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1982
Phyllis Kind Gallery, Chicago, IL (solo)
1982
Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, NC (solo)
1981
Phyllis Kind Gallery, Chicago, IL (solo)
1981
Hare Toddy Kong Tamari: Selected Objects by Karl Wirsum, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL (solo)
1980
Phyllis Kind Gallery, Chicago, IL (solo)
1979
Phyllis Kind Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1978
Phyllis Kind Gallery, Chicago, IL (solo)
1977
Phyllis Kind Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1976
Phyllis Kind Gallery, Chicago, IL (solo)
1971
Wabash Transit Gallery, Chicago, IL (solo)
1970
St. Xavier College, Chicago, IL (solo)
1967
Dell Gallery, Chicago, IL (solo)