Mike Keene

Mike Keene

Lakewood, CO, United States

About Mike Keene

Mike Keene received a BFA from the University of Texas and an MA in Visual Art from the University of Northern Colorado
Mike’s ceramic sculptures celebrate a passion for the beauty and mystery of nature and a fascination with the artifacts and architecture that borrow from historic cultures. Works in the series, Turbulent Seas, Botanic Architecture and City Scenes, are surreal models that combine natural forms with designed human structures and artifacts.
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.

Education

Partial Resume of Education
University of Texas, BFA, Graphic Design
University of Northern CO, MA, Sculpture&Photo
Artist Workshops:
Adrian Arleo, La Meridiana, Certaldo, Italy, 10/2018
Max Leyman, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM, 6/2013
David Regan, Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM, 6/2012
Shalene Valenzuela, Plinth Gallery, Denver, 2011
Arthur Gonzalez, Art Students League, 2010
Wesley Anderegg, Sellars Gallery, Denver, 2010
Brad Miller, Anderson Ranch, Aug. 2009 – Scholarship, Art Students League, Denver
Richard Notkin, Art Students League, Denver,2008
Nick Joerling, Arvada Art Center, Arvada, CO, 2005

Exhibitions

Partial Exhibitions Resume
Solo Exhibitions
Apr. 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, Denver, CO
Feb. 2009, New Work, Zip 37 Gallery, Denver, CO
Sep. 2009, Meet the Beetles, Zip 37 Gallery, Denver, Colorado

Group Exhibitions
Jan. 2019 - Member Group Show, 40 West Arts, Lakewood, Colorado
Oct. 2018 - Fantastical, 40 West Arts, Lakewood, Colorado
Jun. 2018 - Presence / Absence, Lakewood Arts, Lakewood, Colorado, Best of Show
Mar. 2018 - Hey Diddle Diddle, Niza Knoll Gallery, Denver, Colorado
Jan. 2016 - Art of the State, Arvada Center for the Arts, Arvada, 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

Festivals and Art Fairs
Aug. 2019 - Sculpture in the Park, Loveland, CO
Aug. 2017 - Sculpture in the Park, Loveland, CO
Aug. 2015 - Sculpture in the Park, Loveland, CO
Aug. 2014 - Sculpture in the Park, Loveland, CO
Aug. 2012 - Sculpture in the Park, Loveland, CO
Aug. 2010 - Sculpture in the Park, Loveland, CO Jun. 2013 - Summer Art Market, Art Students League Of Denver, CO
Jun. 2010, 09, 08, 07 - Summer Art Market, Art Students League of Denver, CO
Dec. 2015 - Fine Art Market, Arvada Center for the Arts, Arvada, CO