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Andrew Keiper & Kei Ito Win 2016 Rubys Artist Grant

Photographic and Electronic Media, MFA


Andrew Paul Keiper '16 and Kei Ito '16, former graduate students in the Photographic and Electronic Media program , have been awarded a 2016 Rubys Artist Grant for their work Afterimage Requiem. This work is a large-scale photographic and sound installation that contemplates the development of the atomic bomb, the bombing of Hiroshima in 1945, and the ongoing legacy of this history. The Ruby Artist Grant Awards are highly competitive, and the duo was one of only nine selected for the Literary and Visual Arts Grant Program. 

About Ruby Artists Grants: The Rubys Artist Project Grant program was established in 2013 to support the region's gems - the local creative community of performing, visual, media and literary artists. Created with the vision and initial funding from the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation, the Rubys provide meaningful project support directly to artists. The Rubys usher in a new era of arts grantmaking in Baltimore by offering citizen-philanthropists, as well as foundations, the opportunity to support individual artists. The Rubys were inspired in part by Ruby Lerner, the visionary founder of Creative Capital in New York City.

Andrew Keiper

More about Andrew: Andrew Paul Keiper is a sound artist based in Baltimore, Maryland. His recent work explores listening and noise, the Baltimore Uprising, the Manhattan Project and the frontier between sound art and experimental music. Andrew received his BFA in painting from the Mason Gross School of the Arts in 2002. He has exhibited in Baltimore, New York City, Philadelphia, New Jersey and Washington DC. In 2016 he was a Sondheim Prize semi-finalist.

Kei ItoMore about Kei: Kei Ito is interested in capturing that which can't be seen and visualizing the invisible. As a photographer and an artist, he asks the questions: how do we capture a past event that happened long ago, something that's already gone, taken away, or destroyed? Kei believes art should propose a question rather than an answer. He says, "Art-making itself is a journey of inquiry." In his work as a photographer and installation artist, Kei aims to bring his audience on a journey of grief, remembrance, and hope - one that makes them question the decisions of those who came before us, and reconsider the world of today, while not taking what will come to pass for granted.

This page was last updated on 11/09/2016.