Colin Keefe

Contact Information

Phone: (215) 237-5035

Mount Airy Contemporary 25 West Mount Airy Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19119

Please contact artist or gallery for purchases, commissions, etc.

Gallery Representation

Robert Henry Contemporary
56 Bogart St
Brooklyn NY 11206


Artist's 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.

Selected Exhibitions

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

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

Colin 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 Colin Keefe, Allens Lane Art Center, Philadelphia, PA

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

Married: Colin 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

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

Aqua Art Miami, Robert Henry Contemporary, Miami, FL

Alana Bograd, Colin 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

Colin 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 Colin 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

(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

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

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

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

Artist's Bibliography

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 Colin 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

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

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 – Colin 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

Tom "Paradise/Paradox", Sculpture Magazine March 2004

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

Kim "(un)Planned", Recommended Pick, Village Voice Jan 2001

Gary Michael "Adrian Blackwell, Colin 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

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

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

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, 57hope Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Curator, (for 57hop e), 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 Colin Keefe (57 Hope). Artists Talk On Art, Organized by Jane Harris


LMCC Downtown Residency Program, Equitable Building

Residency, Studios Midwest, Galesburg IL


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


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

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