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ABOUT

Artist Zoe Keller uses graphite to create large-scale, meticulously rendered visual narratives. Placing a special focus on at-risk species and wildlands, Keller weaves drawings that explore the interconnectedness of fragile, vanishing ecosystems. By highlighting the biodiveristy at risk in an era of human-driven mass extinction her work aims to inspire reverence for the natural world and action to defend what we have left. Keller's studio work draws upon months of academic research, collaborations with the scientific community, and on-the-ground experiences in wild places through artist residencies and self-directed expeditions.

A Woodstock, New York native, Zoe Keller's creative upbringing in the rural Catskills shaped her future as an artist and amateur naturalist. After graduating from the Maryland Institute College of Art, Keller made homes and studios in Minneapolis, Philadelphia, on the rocky Maine coast, in West Michigan's farm country and Eastern Oregon's Wallowa Mountains before finally settling in Portland, where she currently resides. In recent years, artist residencies have taken Keller up and down the West Coast from Alaska's Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve to California's Channel Islands archipelago. 

 

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EDUCATION 

2011
BFA Graphic Design, Maryland Institute College of Art

2014
Botany at the Landscape Scale, Eagle Hill Institute

2007
Pre-College Intensive, Maryland Institute College of Art

2006
Summer Institute, University of the Arts

 

CLIENTS

The New York Times, Wieden+Kennedy, Etsy, Timber Press

 

COLLECTIONS

Permanent Collection, National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson, Wyoming

 

AWARDS

2018
Project Grant, Portland Regional Arts & Culture Council
Professional Development Grant, Portland Regional Arts & Culture Council

2017
Golden Spot Award, Caldera

2015
Doug Byers Memorial Scholarship, Signal Fire Arts

2007-2011
Mathias J. Devito Scholarship, Maryland Institute College of Art 

 

ARTIST RESIDENCIES

2018
Zion National Park Artist Residency, UT

2017
Wrangell Mountains Center, AK
Signal Fire, Wide Open Studios, OR & CA
Caldera, OR

2016
PLAYA, OR

2015
Signal Fire, OR

2014
Hurricane Island, ME

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2018
Forest, Antler Gallery, Portland, OR
Spotlight Exhibition, Antler Gallery, Portland, OR  

2017
Studies & Stories, Light Grey Art Lab, Minneapolis, MN

2016
Forty-four, Antler Gallery, Portland, OR

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2018
Western Visions 2018, National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson, WY
The Cat Show, Beinart Gallery Brunswick, Australia
Ephemeral, Curation: Beautiful Bizarre Magazine, Modern Eden Gallery, San Francisco, CA
BRINK 2018, Antler Gallery, Portland, OR
Enormous Tiny Art: Fall Show #24, Nahcotta Gallery, Portsmouth, NH

2017
Western Visions 2017, National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson, WY
Billow & Bloom, Talon Gallery, Portland, OR
Dark Nature, Last Rites Gallery, New York, NY
Tondo, Spoke Art, San Francisco, CA
Enormous Tiny Art: Spring Show #21 | Nahcotta Gallery, Portsmouth, NH
Pressure, Gristle Art Gallery, New York, NY 
Future Wild, Paragon Arts Center Gallery with Signal Fire, Portland, OR
BRINK 2017, Antler Gallery, Portland, OR

2016
Achroma, Modern Eden Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Growth//Decay, joint show with Paradigm Gallery, Philadelphia, PA &
Antler Gallery, Portland, OR
Beasts of Burden, Sally Centigrade Gallery, Denver, CO
Mythos, Helikon Gallery and Studios, Denver, CO
BRINK, Antler Gallery, Portland, OR
Silent Aviary, THE VACVVM Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

2015
Wanderlust 3, Modern Eden Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Cosmos, Light Grey Art Lab, Minneapolis, MN
Group Art Exhibit, Pretty Pretty Collective, Los Angeles, CA
Verdant, Modern Eden Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Guts, Light Grey Art Lab, Minneapolis, MN

2014
Wanderlust 2, Modern Eden Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Le Chat Noir, Modern Eden Gallery, San Francisco, CA