Keith Spencer Keith Spencer

About

My paintings are landscapes, often about longing and largely based on my time in New Mexico and Japan. I look at these spaces through a haze of physical, emotional, and temporal distance while using my background in literature and languages, as well as research into nuclear histories, as a way to tie the real world to a space of imagination. Painting enables me to revisit these places and propose an alternative reality to an established narrative.

Keith Spencer (b.1982, New Mexico) is a visual artist, writer, and educator. Keith obtained a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Painting and Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, IL) in 2016, and completed his MFA at Emily Carr University of Art + Design (Vancouver, BC) in 2019. In 2009, Keith was named a goodwill ambassador for Fukushima prefecture, Japan and in 2016 received The Mary Koga Memorial Grant from the Japan America Society of Chicago. Keith was a 2019 Emily Carr University of Art + Design Teaching Fellow whose work has been shown in the US, Japan, and Canada. He is a current artist-in-residence at KAGANHOTEL in Kyoto, Japan.



EDUCATION

2019  Emily Carr University of Art + Design - Vancouver, BC
     Master of Fine Arts
2016  School of the Art Institute of Chicago - Chicago, IL
     Post-Baccalaureate
2005  University of New Mexico - Albuquerque, NM
     Bachelor of Arts

EXHIBITIONS

2020  Leaning Out of Windows: Phase 3
     Vancouver (upcoming)
2019  Netflix and Chill II: The Chillening
     Chicago (upcoming)
     The Show
     Emily Carr University of Art + Design - Vancouver
     Introspection | Extrospection
     Michael O'Brian Exhibition Commons - Vancouver
2018  Understory
     Ground Floor Art Centre - Vancouver
     Polyphony
     Michael O'Brian Exhibition Commons - Vancouver
2017  Crossovers
     CRCP Exhibition Hall - Vancouver
     Netflix and Chill
     D&S Gallery - Chicago
2016  Post-Baccalaureate 2016 Salon
     School of the Art Institute of Chicago - Chicago
     Nippon Steel 23, Exhibition 2
     Nippon Steel and Sumitomo Metal U.S.A. Office Gallery - Chicago
2015  Nippon Steel 23, Exhibition 1
     Nippon Steel and Sumitomo Metal U.S.A. Office Gallery - Chicago
     Bad Painting
     School of the Art Institute of Chicago - Chicago
2013  ココデミル - Here You See
     3F Project Room - Kyoto
2012  Kizugawa Art Fair
     Monomaru Gallery - Kizugawa
     Rincha Tea Ceremony: 華 - Hana
     Shusui-tei, Kyoto Imperial Palace - Kyoto
2009  2nd Annual ALT Bunkasai
     Yumehatto - Minamisoma
2008  1st Annual ALT Bunkasai
     Yumehatto - Minamisoma