CV

Venise Keys Artist CV 10.7

EDUCATION

2017    Painting and Mixed Media Summer Residency, School of Visual Art, New York, NY

2016    MFA Painting, Illinois State University, Normal, IL

Women’s & Gender Studies Graduate Certificate, Illinois State University, Normal, IL

2013    BFA Painting, Bradley University, Peoria, IL

 

PUBLICATIONS

“Black-\’BLAK\,” in Kalfou: A Journal of Comparative and Relational Ethnic Studies.vol 4 (Temple University Press, 2017) Issue 1.

 

Venise L Keys, edited by Cynthia Kukla. “February 28, 2015: Reflections at the End of the Black History Month. Where We At? Dealing (With) Black Feminism.” Aeqai.com  (March 2015)

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2017

Open Studios: SVA Summer Residency, School of Visual Art, New York, NY

Recent Acquisitions to the Permanent Collection, University Galleries of Illinois State University, Normal, IL

Whisky City Pride Gender Gallery: Intersectional, LGBTQ, and Feminist Art, Studios on Sheridan, Peoria, IL

Two-person exhibition, Keys & Sanchez-Lorente, Performing Arts Center Gallery, Illinois Central College, East Peoria, IL

Faculty Annual Exhibition, Illinois Central College, East Peoria, IL

Black Creativity Juried Art Exhibition, Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, IL

2016

Black-\`BLAK\ MFA Exhibition, Illinois State University, Normal, IL

2015

(Re)Vision What Is Post-Black Art, Jan Brandt Gallery, Bloomington, IL

Selections from the Permanent Collection, University Galleries of Illinois State University, Normal, IL

Student Annual, University Galleries of Illinois State University, Normal, IL

Van Leer Recital Series Featured Artist, The Van Leer Center at Broadview Museum, Normal, IL

901 Miles to Normal, Front Room Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

MFA Biennial, University Galleries of Illinois State University, Normal, IL

2014

Solo Exhibition, Habits of Survival, Rachel Cooper Gallery, Illinois State University, Normal, IL

Hands Up Don’t Shoot: Artists Respond, Saint Louis University Museum of Art, St. Louis, MO

I Know What You Did Last Summer, Illinois State University, Normal, IL

Grimm Tales: An Artistic Perspective, Illinois State University, Normal, IL

2013

My Paint is Wetter Than Yours, University of Illinois, Springfield, IL

Lashon Fouché: BFA Exhibitions, Prairie Center of the Arts, Peoria, IL

Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series, Gallery Guichard, Chicago, IL

Harrison Community Learning Center Art Exhibition, Backspace Collective Gallery, Peoria, IL

2012

February Featured Artist, Dick Blick Art Materials, Galesburg, IL

1st Annual Drawback Fundraising Exhibition, Backspace Collective Gallery, Peoria, IL

2010

Habitat for Humanity 2x4s & More Auction, The Waterhouse, Peoria, IL

 

AWARDS/ GRANTS/ INTERNSHIPS

2017                Exceptional Ability and Outstanding Recognition, 2017 Black Creativity Juried Art Exhibition, Museum of Science & Industry, Chicago, IL

2016                Best In Show, Student Annual Exhibition, University Galleries of Illinois State University, Normal, IL

Founder’s Day Bell Ringer Honoree, Illinois State University, Normal, IL

2016-2015       Graduate assistant, Transpace Gallery, Center for Visual Arts, Illinois State University,

Normal, IL

2015                Friends of the Arts Project Grant, Illinois State University, Normal, IL

Josefina Ferrán Painting Award, Student Annual Exhibition, Illinois State University, Normal, IL

Intern, University Galleries, Illinois State University, Normal, IL

2014                Friends of the Arts Project Grant, School of Art, Illinois State University, Normal, IL

Sisters & Friends Scholarship Award, School of Art, Illinois State University, Normal, IL

2013                School of Art Tuition Wavier, School of Art, Illinois State University, Normal, IL

Eric R. Baber Fellowship, School of Art, Illinois State University, Normal, IL

2011                Intern, Backspace Collective Gallery, Peoria, IL

2009-2010       Gallery assistant, Heuser Arts Center, Bradley University, Peoria, IL

2009-2008       Romeo B. Garrett Pride in Education Award, Bradley University, Peoria, IL

 

 

CONFERENCES/ PANELS/ SYMPOSIA

2016

“Black-\`BLAK\” Paper presented at the International Black Arts Movement Conference Southern Influences hosted by Dillard University/ Harvard Hutchins Center for African American Research, Dillard University, New Orleans, Louisiana.

 

“Seeing Sites and Talkin’ Bout Black Hair” Paper presented at 21st Annual Women’s and Gender Studies Research Symposium hosted by the Women’s and Gender Studies Department, Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois.

 

2015

“The Aesthetics of Black Motherhood” Paper presented at 20th Annual Women’s and Gender Studies Research Symposium hosted by the Women’s and Gender Studies Department, Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois.

 

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE/ ACTIVITIES

2016                Art Mentor, National Poster Art Competition: Healthy Energetic, Active Lifestyles Matter- Make Health a Habit, The Links Incorporated, Central Illinois Chapter, Bloomington, IL

As part of a weekly series to develop ideas and conversations about healthy eating and habits for youth girls, I gave an artist talk about color and assisted my studio expertise for the biennial poster contest.

2016-2015       Curator, Black Artists Cultural Mixer, Illinois State University, Normal, Il

A public forum for artists of African and American identity offering camaraderie and collective discussion about artistic practice and self-determination in predominantly White institutions.

2015                Curator, (Re)Vision What Is Post-Black Art, Jan Brandt Gallery, Bloomington, IL

A group exhibition of emerging artists from the Midwest and East Coast in conversation about the boundless possibilities of asserting Black identity in two- dimensional and three-dimensional art.

2015-14           Secretary, Black Graduate Student Association, Illinois State University

2013                Intern, Harrison Community Learning Center Art Exhibition, Backspace Collective Gallery, Peoria, IL

I assisted in organizing this group exhibition of professional artists and student artwork from the art club at Harrison Community Learning Center in Peoria, IL. This educational facility offers the community additional supportive services like fitness rooms and healthcare for low-income families.

2012-11           President/ Charter member, Kappa Pi International Honorary Art Fraternity,

Theta Gamma Chapter, Bradley University, Peoria, IL

Volunteer, Community Workshop & Training Center, Inc., Peoria, IL

As a member of Kappa Pi International Honorary Art Fraternity, I volunteered four hours a week hosting an art club with a group disabled adults from the job-training program at the CWTC facility.

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

2017    Adjunct Faculty, Bradley University, Peoria, IL

Art Appreciation Lecture. Fall 17

 

Adjunct Faculty, Illinois Central College, East Peoria, IL

Art Appreciation Lecture. Spring 17, Fall 17

 

2016    Adjunct Faculty, Illinois Central College, East Peoria, IL

Art Appreciation Lecture. Spring 16, Fall 16

 

2015    Instructor of Record, Illinois State University, Normal, IL

Drawing Fundamentals, Non-majors. Fall 15

 

Graduate Assistant, Illinois State University, Normal, IL

Drawing Fundamentals. Spring 15

 

2014    Instructor of Record, Graduate Assistant, Illinois State University, Normal, IL

2-Dimensional Fundamentals with Lab. Spring 14, Fall 14

 

Graduate Assistant, Illinois State University, Normal, IL

Life Drawing I and Painting II. Spring 14

 

2013    Instructor of Record, Graduate Assistant, Illinois State University, Normal, IL

2-Dimensional Fundamentals with Lab. Fall 13

 

Graduate Assistant, Illinois State University, Normal, IL

Painting III. Fall 13

 

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