MICA Alumni and Emerging Ceramic Artist to visit and lecture in Ceramics
Posted 01.22.10 by David S. East
Tuesday, Feb. 16, 10 a.m. in F007, Fox Building, 1303 W. Mount Royal Ave. (rescheduled due to inclement weather)
Andréa Keys '02 received her MFA from Ohio University in 2009 and her BFA from The Maryland Institute College of Art in 2002. She now is an assistant professor of ceramics at Longwood University in Farmville, Va. In May 2009, Ceramics Monthly magazine published her as a top Emerging Artist of the year.
Keys has exhibited her work nationally in galleries such as the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Mont., The Clay Studio in Philadelphia, Pa., the Herron Gallery in Indianapolis, Ind., and the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft in Louisville, Ky. This coming year she will be exhibiting her work at The Society for Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh, Pa., the Roy G Biv Gallery in Columbus, Ohio, The Shy Rabbit Gallery of Contemporary Art in Colorado, the Sculpture Center in Cleveland, Ohio, and the Florida Holocaust Museum in Tampa.
Along with exhibiting her work, Keys presents lectures that correlate with her interests in the study of intergenerational trauma and third generation Holocaust survivors. Her sculptures and writings are driven by a desire to investigate how an individual's personal history affects their identity, behaviors and actions. The scenes that she creates attempt to show how the past and the present, dream and reality, conscious and unconscious, familiar and unfamiliar can exist together in an environment that is uncanny, much like the way subconscious memories of a traumatic event can be very much alive in our conscious actions.