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Mike Keene received a BFA from the University of Texas and an MA in Visual Art from the University of Northern Colorado, studying sculpture and photography. 

 

Mike’s ceramic sculptures celebrate a passion for the beauty and mystery of nature and a fascination with the art and architecture of different civilizations that express a cultural narrative tradition. Works in the series, Botanic Architecture and City Scenes, are surreal models that combine botanical forms with designed human structures and contain the inevitable artifacts of individual human expression.  

 

Mike’s sculptural ceramics, combine hand building techniques, altered extruded forms with carving, stamped textures and glaze.

The digital paintings are photographs of the sculptures that have been digitally manipulated, drawn and painted to form an alternate expression of the themes in the sculptures.

 

Mike’s home and studio are in Lakewood, CO. 

 

Partial Resume

Education

University of Texas, BFA, Graphic Design

University of Northern CO, MA in Visual Arts

Artist Workshops

Max Leyman, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM, June 2013

Barry Rose, Art Students League of Denver, 2011 to present – ongoing sculpture studies

David Regan, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM, June 2012

Shalene Valenzuela, Plinth Gallery, Denver, CO, 2011

Arthur Gonzalez, Art Students League of Denver, CO, 2010

Wesley Anderegg, Sellars Project Space, Denver, CO, 2010

Brad Miller, Anderson Ranch, Aug. 2009 – Scholarship Award, Art Students League

Richard Notkin, Art Students League of Denver, CO, 2008

Nick Joerling, Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, Arvada, CO, 2005

 

Solo Exhibitions

April 2012, New Work in Sculpture and Digital Art, Sellars Project Space, Denver, CO

Sep. 2010, What You Want Are Answers When All I have Are Questions, Zip 37 Gallery, Denver, CO

Feb. 2009, New Work, Zip 37 Gallery, Denver, CO

Sep. 2009, Meet the Beetles, Zip 37 Gallery, Denver, Colorado

 

Group Exhibitions

Jun. 2017 - Prence/Absence - Lakewood Culture Center, Lakewood, CO, 

Jun. 2017 - Fired, Hand Built Clay, Niza Knoll Gallery, Denver, CO, 

 Jan. 2016 - Art of the State, Arvada Center for the Arts, Arvada, CO

Jun. 2015 - Zip 37, 20th Aniversary Show, Zip 37 Gallery, Denver, CO

May 2015 - The Mix Artists Annual Show, Niza Knoll Gallery, Denver, CO

Nov. 2014 - Take Me With You, John Michael Kohler Art Center, Sheboygan, WI

Dec. 2014 - The Mix Artists Small Art Show, Niza Knoll Gallery, Denver, CO

Jun. 2014 - Holy Moly, Niza Knoll Gallery, Denver, CO

Feb. 2014 - The Mix Artists Annual Show, Niza Knoll Gallery, Denver, CO

May 2013 to 2015 - MIX Coop at the Niza Knoll Gallery, Denver, CO

Sep. 2012 - Fired, Hand Built Clay, Niza Knoll Gallery, Denver, CO

Aug. 2011 - Gone to the Dogs 3, Niza Knoll Gallery, Denver CO

Jun. 2011 - Grant Street 3, Niza Knoll Gallery, Denver CO

Jan. 2011 - Members Show - Zip 37 Gallery, Denver, CO

Sep. 2010 - Gone to the Dogs 2, Niza Knoll Gallery, Denver CO

Jan. 2010 - Members Show - Zip 37 Gallery, Denver, CO

Mar. 2009 - Clay and Ink, Art Students League of Denver, Denver, CO

Jan. 2009 - Members Show - Zip 37 Gallery, Denver, CO

Jan. 2009 - This is Hilarious, Art Students League of Denver, Denver, CO

Mar. 2008 - Colorado Clay 2008 – Foothills Art Center, Golden, CO – Juried by Richard Notkin

May. 2008 - Fine Art Of Craft, Evergreen Center for Arts, Evergreen, CO

Jul. 2008 - Politics and Art, Art Students League of Denver, Denver, CO

 

Festivals and Art Fairs

Aug. 2017 - Sculpture in the Park, Loveland, CO

 Dec. 2016 - Fine Art Market, Arvada Center for the Arts, Arvada, CO

 Dec. 2015 - Fine Art Market, Arvada Center for the Arts, Arvada, CO

Aug. 2015 - Sculpture in the Park, Loveland, CO

Aug. 2014 - Sculpture in the Park, Loveland, CO

Jun. 2013 - Summer Art Market, Art Students League Of Denver, CO

Aug. 2012 - Sculpture in the Park, Loveland, CO

Aug. 2010 - Sculpture in the Park, Loveland, CO

Jun. 2010 - Summer Art Market, Art Students League of Denver, CO

Aug. 2009 - Loveland Sculpture Invitational, Loveland, CO

Jun. 2009 - Summer Art Market, Art Students League of Denver, Best Creative Expression Award

Jun. 2008 - Summer Art Market, Art Students League of Denver, CO

Jun. 2007 - Summer Art Market, Art Students League of Denver, CO

Dec. 2007 & 08 - Holiday Art Market - Foothills Art Center, Golden, CO

Dec. 2006, 07, 08 & 09 Fine Art Market - Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, Arvada, CO

 

Awards and Scholarships

 

2009 Best Creative Expression, scholarship award to the Anderson Ranch Art Center