DON KEENE 


EDUCATION 

Master's degree in Studio Art, College of New Rochelle, New Rochelle, New York, 1999 

Bachelor of Fine Arts (awarded with distinction), Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, California, 1984 


SELECTED SOLO AND TWO PERSON EXHIBITIONS 

2008  Tunnels and Bridges: Ten Years of Moving Paint, 300 George Street Exhibition Space, New Haven, Connecticut – several selected paintings that together describe a deepening exploration of the, at times, grudgingly harmonic co-existence of the figure with abstraction 

2005  Artist Portrait Series, William Maxwell Fine Arts at 121 Restaurant and Bar, North Salem, New York – fifteen portraits of artists, past and present, done from existing photographs – charcoal and oil on various surfaces found around the studio 

2003  Figurescapes, Scranton Library, Madison, Connecticut – a recent retrospective of small and large scale figurative abstractions in oil, collage and charcoal 

2002  Speaking Figuratively: Anatomical Metaphors of the Body, Maxwell Fine Arts, Peekskill, New York – two person exhibition with Jo-Ann Brody – small scale figurative abstractions in oil and collage 

2001  Prime Passion, Chappaqua Library Gallery, Chappaqua, New York 
new closely cropped abstractions loosely depicting parts of the body with an attitude of frank sexuality – oil on canvas, charcoal 

1999  Familiar Passages, Piermont Flywheel Gallery, Piermont, New York 
new figuratively influenced abstractions; charcoal on paper and oil paint on canvas 

1998  Rayburn Light, College of New Rochelle, New Rochelle, New York 
recent abstract compositions with figurative references - oil on wood and canvas 

1996  The Main Street Gallery, Dobbs Ferry, New York - recent large scale 
expressionistic portraits and group figurative compositions in oil 

1996  Igor Trout Fine Arts, New Rochelle, New York - overview of expressionistic painting evolution of past four years - figurative references in acrylic and oil 

1995  Dobbs Ferry Art Workshop, Dobbs Ferry, New York - expressionistic 
small portrait and figurative studies in acrylic with oil pastel 


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS 

2017  Summer Sex II (The Unbearable Lightness of Being), Lichtundfire Gallery, New York, New York - curated by Priska Juschka - one large figurative abstraction - oil on canvas

2017  Summer Sex I (On the Spur of the Moment), Lichtundfire Gallery, New York, New York curated by Priska Juschka - one large figurative abstraction - oil on canvas

2011  Love Thy Neighbor, Kenise Barnes Fine Art, Larchmont, New York an exhibition featuring the talent of local and regional artists; one large figurative abstraction, oil on canvas 

2008  Abstract Summer, The Claude Gallery, Eastchester, New York, A representative selection of abstract paintings done over the past ten years which are based in varying degrees on the figure - oil 

2008  A Sense of Place, Sylvan Gallery, Clinton, Connecticut – one small oil painting exploring realist subject matter with an emphasis on the abstract and expressive qualities of the figure/ground relationship – juried by Lou Bonamarte 

2007  The Flat File Show, William Maxwell Fine Arts, Peekskill, New York, twenty abstract figurative drawings in charcoal, oil medium and various combinations of white chalk, gesso, and black and white oil-based enamel on Rieves Paper 

2006-2007  Office of the Mayor, New Rochelle, New York – one painting in the style of Romare Bearden showcased in an exhibit of work by New Rochelle artists referring to the city of New Rochelle 

2005  The Other Side, Studio12N@resolution, New York, New York artists/as/teachers/as/artists – curated by Alexi Brock - a selection of figurative abstractions in oil paint and charcoal, various sizes 

2005  Tri-State Juried Exhibition, Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, New York – one new figurative abstraction, charcoal and oil medium on wood 

2004  The Westchester Biennial 2004, Castle Gallery, The College of New Rochelle, New Rochelle, New York – juried all-media art exhibition featuring innovative works by Westchester County artists – two new figurative abstractions – oil on wood and canvas 

2003  The Drawing Show, Westchester Arts Council, White Plains, New York juried exhibition of Westchester County artists, curated by Dr. Rosemary Cohane Erpf – various sized figurative abstractions - charcoal on paper 

2002  The Human Presence: Interpretations, Westchester Arts Council, White Plains, New York – juried exhibition of Westchester County artists, curated by Rosemary Cohane Erpf – various sized figurative abstractions - oil on canvas and charcoal on paper 

2002  International Group Show 2002, Caelum Gallery, New York, New York – one figurative abstraction – oil on canvas 

2001  Holiday Salon Show, Maxwell Fine Arts, Peekskill, New York - small figurative abstractions – oil on canvas and charcoal on paper 

2001  Teaching Artists II, The Rye Arts Center, Rye, New York – juried exhibition of the work of Art Educators, curated by Elizabeth Thompson Colleary - new closely cropped abstractions referring to the figure – oil on canvas 

2001  One Wall, Walter Wickiser Gallery, New York, New York – new small abstractions referring to the figure – oil on canvas 

2000  Artists of the Third Millennium, Walter Wickiser Gallery, New York, New York - recent small abstractions referring to the figure and landscape - oil 

1999  Allegorical Mutations, Fleetwood Stage Art Gallery at Wildcliff, New Rochelle, New York - two-person exhibition with Joanna Kornreich, curated by David Terry and Alexandra Rutsch-Brock of the Pelham Art Center - expressionistic abstractions, with 
figurative references - oil 

1997  Annual Juried Exhibition, Synchronicity Space, New York, New York - curated by Priska Juschka and gallery-represented artists figurative abstractions - oil on canvas and wood 

1996  Annual Juried Exhibition, Edward Day Gallery, Ontario, Canada curated by Daphne Emanuel - one large scale expressionistic oil portrait 


EXPERIENCE 

2000–Present  Art Teacher, Mamaroneck Senior and Junior High Schools, Mamaroneck, New York -  teach Art Foundation and Advanced Placement Art

2005-Present  Don Keene Studio, Madison, Connecticut, teach group classes in drawing and painting to teens and adults 

1995-2007  Don Keene Studio, New Rochelle, New York, taught group classes and private lessons in drawing and painting to teens and adults 

2006  Guest Lecturer, Madison Art Society, Madison, Connecticut gave a two hour demonstration on portrait painting 

2003  Visiting Artist, The Guilford Handcraft Center, Guilford, Connecticut – taught a two-day workshop entitled Breaking the Rules of Painting 

2001,2000,1997  Guest Lecturer, Master Teachers Workshop, College of New Rochelle, New Rochelle, New York - part of a group presentation by secondary school art teachers to graduate level art education students 

1993-2000  Chair, Fine Arts Department, Iona Preparatory School, New Rochelle, New York - responsible for teaching all art courses offered at the school: Foundation Drawing and Design, Senior Art Projects, portfolio development and curating exhibitions for students and guest artists in the Paul Verni Fine Arts Center 

1998  Guest Lecturer, College Center Exhibit Hall, College of New Rochelle, New Rochelle, New York - gave a gallery talk discussing the work in my solo exhibition, Rayburn Light, and answered questions from the audience 

1993-1998  Instructor, Pelham Art Center, Pelham, New York - taught sketch-book drawing to young students, and drawing and painting to adults 

1996  Guest Lecturer, Harrison Council for the Arts, Harrison, New York - presented slides of my recent work and answered questions pertaining to my role as an artist 

1989-1992  Instructor, School of Visual Arts, New York, New York - taught Principles of Illustration to second year students - Jack Endewelt and Marshall Arisman, department chairs 


SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

Goodman, Jonathan, catalog essay for "Summer Sex II (The Unbearable Lightness of Being)", Lichtundfire Gallery, NY, NY, August 8th - August 30th, 2017

Goodman, Jonathan, catalog essay for "Summer Sex I (On the Spur of the Moment)", Lichtundfire Gallery, NY, NY, July 12th - August 4th, 2017

Gilwit, Kathy, “Mayor’s Office Art Gallery,”The Sound Report, New Rochelle NY, August 11, 2006 

Lombardi, D. Dominick, “Drawings and Paintings, Rich in Symbolism," The NewYork Times, Sunday, June 15, 2003 

Lombardi, D. Dominick, “Abstract Paintings That Create a Visual RollerCoaster Ride,” The New York Times, Sunday, December 15, 2002 

Howard, Brian J., “Artists explore the human form – figuratively speaking,” The Star, Peekskill, NY, November 28, 2002 

Barry, Amy J., “Spotlight on the Arts: Featuring Don Keene Painter,” The Harbor News, Madison, CT, March 14, 2002 

Withers, James, “Fakes Prove Fabulous at Library Exhibit”, Standard Star, New Rochelle, NY, November 9, 2001 


SELECTED COLLECTIONS 

Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, California 
Mr. Justo Miranda, Larchmont, New York and Spain 
Dr. William C. Maxwell, Cold Spring, New York 
Mr. and Mrs. Larry Blizard, Dobbs Ferry, New York 
Mr. and Mrs. James Kiberd, Dobbs Ferry, New York 
Mr. and Mrs. Thom Christopher, New York, New York 
Ms. Gretchen Keene, Los Angeles, California 
Mr. and Mrs. Larry Eichler, New Rochelle, New York 
Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Stillman, Mamaroneck, New York 
Ms. Leslie Singer, Madison, Connecticut
Ms. Leila Esmailzadeh, Bethany, Connecticut













 

 

 

 

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