Caren Canier is a native of New York City. She attended Cornell University, graduating with a BFA in Painting, and earned her MFA in Painting at Boston University. She studied with Philip Guston and James Weeks at BU and Gillian Pederson-Krag at Cornell. In 1977, she was awarded the Rome Prize Fellowship and spent a year at the American Academy in Rome. Since then she has divided her time between Umbria and upstate New York, where she is a Professor of Art at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy.
Canier’s work was represented by the Robert Schoelkopf Gallery in New York City, where she had two solo shows, until it’s closing in 1991. Since that time, she has exhibited frequently in New York, New England and Italy. Recent comprehensive shows include a solo exhibition at the Painting Center in New York City and a two-person exhibition at the Exposition Hall of the City of Gubbio in Italy. In addition to the Rome Prize Fellowship, she is the recipient of a New York State CAPS grant, two Artists’ Fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, and grants from the Ingram Merrill Foundation and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation. In 2002, she received the Distinguished Alumni Award of Boston University College for the Arts.