Gallery 518, at 518 Americana in Boise, represents the work of Karen Bubb. You can see paintings from her Boise encaustic series on view at the Gallery.

Karen Bubb is Public Arts Manager for Boise City Department of Arts & History, Chair of the national Americans for the Arts Public Art Network Council, and an Affiliate at Boise State University’s (BSU) Centre for Creativity & Innovation in the College of Business & Economics, where she's an adjunct professor.

Bubb consults and provides workshops statewide for municipalities and arts organizations regarding public art, creativity and cultural policy. In 2012 she was given a Governor's Award for the Arts for her work in Arts Administration. She is a founding board member for Surel’s Place, an Artist-in-Residency program in Garden City. In 2008 she completed her Masters in Public Administration and Graduate Certificate for Regional and Community Planning at BSU with a focus on cultural policy.

Bubb, a Boise native, is an active visual artist who graduated from University of Oregon in 1990 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree. She has a passion for working in many mediums but encaustic painting is her current favorite. Her art is in numerous private collections and the permanent collection of Boise Art Museum.