Karen I. Hirsch is an international award-winning visual artist based in Chicago. Her work has been published internationally in magazines, newspapers and books including Communication Arts and Graphis photo annuals. She works with both photography and digital art and sometimes blends the two.
Hirsch was called Chicago's photo documentarian in a Tribune article in 2003 when she had a 25 year retrospective photo exhibit of Chicago's people, places and events at the Richard J. Daley Civic Center.
In 2007, the Chinese government invited Hirsch and 9 other photographers to document the city of Rizhao .
Hirsch studied with renowned photographers Ernst Haas, Jay Maisel and Arnold Newman. She has studied digital art with Jeremy Sutton.
She is active in the photo community, having served on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Media Photographers- Chicago/Midwest and Fort Dearborn-Chicago Photo Forum where she is immediate past president.
Hirsch is the recipient of art grants from the City of Chicago and the Illinois Arts Council.
Hirsch's prints have been recently showcased at the Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago, the Bridgeport Art Center in Chicago, the Martha Schneider Gallery in Chicago and at the Palm Beach Center for Photography.
Hirsch's work is found in corporate and private collections.