Michael Kareken has been the recipient of grants and fellowships from the Bush Foundation, the McKnight Foundation, Arts Midwest, the Minnesota State Arts Board, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Vogelstein Foundation, and the Millay Colony for the Arts.
He received the Louise Nevelson Award for Art from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and he has won awards for printmaking and drawing from the national Academy of Design.
Kareken has exhibited his work in numerous solo and group exhibitions regionally and nationally. His work is in the collections of the Walker Art Center, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, and the Minnesota Museum of American Art, among others. He has exhibited his work regionally and nationally, including in New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, and Santa Fe, and is represented by Groveland Gallery.