My God, It's Full of Stars | digital print on Sintra, 30" x 44"
 Chalkboard Chronicles Project: The Unbearable Lightness of Being Earnest | chalk on chalkboard, 60" x 60"
Cloud City | 2016, ink on paper, 38” x 50”
Cloud City | detail
What We Forgot | 2016, ink on paper, 30” x 44”
The Beginning of Everything | 2015, ink on paper, 42” x 90”
The Beginning of Everything | detail
All this happened | more or less, 2015, ink on paper, 30” x 44”
 Heliotrope | 2013, ink on paper, 44”x 30”
Heliotrope | detail
Flux Atlas | 2013, ink on paper, 44” x 30”
Flux Atlas | detail
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Member Portfolio

Colleen Keefe

Philadelphia, PA


Artist Statement

My drawings explore methods for breeding urban environments using organic models – multicellular organisms’ reproductive and propulsion strategies, pollination methods employed by plants, or stellar birth. My source materials include urban planning, microbiology and astronomy, and I consider all three to be related phenomena unfolding at different scales. The resulting images depict cities grown organically, without an “urban planner” as protagonist, based on environmental conditions and observing "natural" rules that are internally consistent - a closed set describing the universe they inhabit.



Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI
MFA, Sculpture


Washington University School of Fine Art, St. Louis, MO
BFA, Sculpture

Awards & Honors



LMCC Downtown Residency Program, Equitable Building


Residency, Studios Midwest, Galesburg, IL



Wolgamott, L. Kent, "No Figures, Graphite in a 'Schema' at NWU", Lincoln Journal Star, 12/4/2016

Fallon, Roberta “Joyful Space”, the Art Blog, 4/17/2016

Haber, John “The Infrastructure of Abstract Art”, haberarts, 2/12/2016


Newhall, Edith “Woodmere Annual”, Philadelphia Inquirer, 7/12/2015


Feige, Jacob "Drawing Now", Title Magazine, 10/20/2014


Newhouse, Sam "Cities without size, cities without color - Urban Environments at Grizzly Grizzly", the Art Blog, 9/24/2013

Fallon, Roberta "First Friday Flash", the Art Blog, 9/12/2013

Newhouse, Sam "A studio visit with Colleen Keefe", the Art Blog, 9/6/2013

Yaniv, Etty "Self-Guided Gallery Tour of BOS Created by Arts in Bushwick Blog", Bushwick Daily, 5/29/2013

Griffin, Donovan "Breadboard Discovers the Art of the Petri Dish", InLiquid Art+Design, 5/3/2013


Alday, Sean "Authoritative Chairs, Freud and Zooplankton: Art Reviews", Bushwick Daily, 9/26/2012

Meyer, Ben "Woodmere’s 71st Annual Juried Exhibition", the Art Blog, 8/16/2012

Donohoe, Victoria "A Quartet Show Artistry in Abington", The Philadelphia Inquirer, 6/1/2012

Newhall, Edith "Here Comes Summer", The Philadelphia Inquirer, 5/20/2012

Schwartz, Chip "Drawing Organics – Colleen Keefe, Sarah Laing and Alana Bograd at Rebekah Templeton", the Art Blog, 5/18/2012

Sexton, Courtney "Critical Mass: CURATOR – Organon at Rebekah Templeton", CityPaper, 5/4/2012


Socks-Studio Profile, 12/5/2011

Davis, Julie, PhillyIST Interview, PhillyIST, 1/12/2011


Myers, Holly "The Value of Having Some Space, LA Times, 12/24/2004

Moody, Tom "Paradise/Paradox", Sculpture Magazine, March 2004


Cotter, Holland "Colleen Keefe at ROME Arts", New York Times Art In Review, 12/3/2001

Levin, Kim "(un)Planned", Recommended Pick, Village Voice, 1/2001

Dault, Gary Michael "Adrian Blackwell, Colleen Keefe, Rupen at Project" Toronto Globe and Mail, 1/20/2001

Fallon, Roberta "Worlds of Possibility" Philadelphia Weekly, 2/23/2000


Sozanski, Edward J. "Dream Gardens" The Philadelphia Inquirer, 2/25/2000

Youens, Rachel "Utopia" Cover Magazine, 1999


Smith, Roberta "Brooklyn Haven for Art Heats Up" New York Times, 11/6/1998

Dalton, Jennifer "Shake" Review Magazine, 6/15/1998


Writing with Jacque Liu
Artists' Commerce, Title Magazine and Citywide Philly

Professional Experience


Co-Director, Mount Airy Contemporary Artists Space, Philadelphia, PA


Visiting Artist, Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln, NE

Speaker, T3 Lectures at Excite Center, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA


Speaker, "Risk and Failure: Stepping into the Art World", Arcadia University, Glenside, PA

Juror, Arcadia Student Biennial, Arcadia University, Glenside, PA


Juror, Annual February Benefit, Highwire Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

1995-1998, and 2001

Co-Director, 57 Hope Gallery, Brooklyn, NY


Curator, (for 57 Hope), Local Spaces, Abrons Art Center


“The Williamsburg Gallery Scene.” Panel with Mike Ballou (Four Walls), Laura Parnes and Eric Heist (Momenta Art), Joe Ahmrein (Pierogi 2000), and Colleen Keefe (57 Hope). Artists Talk On Art, Organized by Jane Harris




Speer Gallery, Bryn Mawr, PA


Bohlin Cywinski Jackson / Design Center, Philadelphia, PA


Methods for Breeding Urban Systems, Robert Henry Contemporary, Brooklyn, NY


Structural Biology, Robert Henry Contemporary, Brooklyn, NY

Abington Art Center, Jenkintown, PA


RHV Fine Art, Brooklyn, NY


ROME Arts, Brooklyn, NY



Group Exhibition, myCIO, Philadelphia, PA
Curator: Michael Mergen


The Chalkboard Chronicles, ArtYard, Frenchtown, NJ

Andrea Wohl Keefe and Colleen Keefe, Marlin Gallery, Camden, NJ


Architectonic Shift, InLiquid at Park Towne Place, Philadelphia, PA

Local Engagement, Awbury Arboretum, Philadelphia, PA


Schema: Works on Paper - Colleen Keefe, Robert Lansden, Amy Ruffo, Samantha Mitchell and Matt Sontheimer, Elder Gallery, Lincoln, NE

Colleen Keefe, Derek Lerner and Mike Childs, Robert Henry Contemporary, PULSE MIAMI

Ontology of Influence: Ron Leax and Alumni Exhibition, Des Lee Gallery, St. Louis, MO


Woodmere Annual, Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA

Summer: Works on Paper, Pagus Gallery, Norristown, PA

Andrea Wohl Keefe and Colleen Keefe, Allens Lane Art Center, Philadelphia, PA


Drawing Now Philadelphia 2014, ArtSpace Liberti, Philadelphia, PA
Curator: Sabina Tichindeleanu; Asst. Curator: Emelie Keim Viss

Married: Colleen Keefe and Andrea Wohl Keefe, Winter Gallery, Lancaster, PA


Made In Philly, CFEVA, Philadelphia, PA

Benefit Exhibition for BalletX, Bridgette Mayer Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Cellular/Molecular, EKG Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Curator: Gaby Heit

Colleen Keefe and Fabio Fernandez/Tom Lauerman, Grizzly Grizzly, Philadelphia, PA
Curator: Jacque Liu


Aqua Art Miami, Robert Henry Contemporary, Miami, FL

Alana Bograd, Colleen Keefe, Sarah Laing, Rebekah Templeton, Philadelphia, PA

71st Annual Juried Exhibition, Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA


Affordable Art Fair NY, RHV Fine Art, New York, NY

New Trails /// Summer 2011, Adaptation Art/CAi, Philadelphia, PA

Stimuli • Stimulus, 110 Church Gallery, Philadelphia, PA


Overlapped Sensibility, Sabina Lee Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

The Kindness of Strangers, The Helm Gallery, Tacoma, WA


Art of the Neighborhood 2, Tastes Like Chicken, Brooklyn, NY

Out of the Blue, Abington Arts Center, Jenkintown, PA

Critical Mass, Kentler Int'l Drawing Space, Brooklyn, NY


Within Limits, Sabina Lee Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Affordable Art Fair, Sabina Lee Gallery, New York, NY

ArtLA, Sabina Lee Galllery, Los Angeles, CA


House Bound, Sabina Lee Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Freehand, Marvelli Lab, Brooklyn, NY

Plane and Elevation, Art in General, New York, NY

All About Drawing, Eisentrager-Howard Gallery, Lincoln, NE

Colleen Keefe and Aaron Wexler, P.S. 122 Gallery, New York, NY


Far Away, Up Close, ROME Arts, Brooklyn, NY

Paradise/Paradox, Castle Gallery, New Rochelle, NY

Daniel Carello and Colleen Keefe, ROME Arts, Brooklyn, NY


The Brewster Project, Brewster, NY

Never-Never Land, Stedman Gallery, Camden, NJ


Never-Never Land, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tampa, FL

Archipod, Star 67, Brooklyn, NY

2001 Benefit Raffle, Momenta, Brooklyn, NY

(un)Planned, Walden, New York, NY

forms, Project, Toronto Ontario, Canada


Never-Never Land, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL

Meat Market Art Fair, White Columns, New York, NY

Utopiaries, Temple Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Curator: Kevin Melchionne

Me & My Friends, 57hope, Brooklyn, NY

Urban Landscapes,

Transporter, About Studio, Bangkok, Thailand
Curators: Laurie DeChiara and Naomi Urabe

A Collision of Cool, Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, MI


ArchiTORTURE, White Columns, New York, NY

Where’s Walden, Walden, New York, NY

Outer Boroughs, White Columns, New York, NY

NATO Conference Exhibition, NATOarts, Virginia Beach, VA

Group Text, Visual-Text Art Venue

Netherland NY, TZ’Art, New York, NY
Collaboration with Het Observatorium

Stirring Space: Site Installations at the Brooklyn Brewery, Brooklyn, NY


Utopia, Roebling Hall, Brooklyn, NY

The Art Exchange Show, DeChiara-Stewart Gallery, New York, NY

Shake: An Exhibition of Snow Domes, P.S.122, New York, NY


The Art Exchange Show, 57 Hope, Brooklyn, NY

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