Margaret Keller

Margaret Keller works in related series using installation, drawing, digital media, painting, mixed media, 3D printing, and screen prints to examine the relationships between nature, contemporary culture and technology, along with their effects on our lives.

Current series look at surveillance, natural disasters, gender, and our experience of nature and the landscape in this digital/virtual age.  She also focuses on the curatorial and critical aspects of contemporary art, with many published reviews, including in Delicious Line, Art in America, All the Art and temporaryartreview.

Her exhibits include galleries, museums and collections in Berlin, Chicago, Atlanta, California, Ohio, Colorado, Missouri, Maryland, Wisconsin, Arkansas, New York, Beijing and others.  Her art has been shown at over 50 galleries and museums, such as Quadratfuß/NX2-Annex Art Berlin, The Arkansas Art Center Museum in Little Rock, the RAC gallery in St. Louis, The Mitchell Museum in Mt. Vernon, Illinois, The Center for Contemporary Art, and Gallery 210 in St. Louis.  In 2018, she was commissioned to create the public artwork Riverbend, a 105-foot-long aluminum representation of the navigable Missouri River, at the Gateway Arch National Park.  In 2019, her one person exhibit The Space Between is at The William and Florence Schmidt Art Center Museum, Illinois.

From 1993-2018, Keller taught full-time as Professor of Art in drawing, painting, design and art history at St. Louis Community College-Meramec; she was also a Visiting Associate Professor at Washington University in St. Louis and in Florence, Italy. She has also worked as a Historic Preservation Consultant, a Fiscal Analyst for the Missouri State Legislature, a cake decorator, and in a box factory.

The book mentioned in the interview was Augustus by John Williams.

The Space Between series, 52 foot-long x 14’ wall installation, detail, paintings and mixed media on 30 round panels, from the exhibition at The William and Florence Schmidt Art Center, Belleville, Illinois, by Margaret Keller, 2019
Riverbend, 105 feet-long, aluminum substrate, The Gateway Arch National Park, St. Louis, a public art commission by Critical Mass for the Visual Arts’ Public Works Project, 2018 by Margaret Keller (photo Josh Rowan), a representation of the navigable Missouri River.
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