Keith Murphy

Keith Murphy


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    Book Arts

    Works on Paper


    Artist's Biography

    Keith Murphy is a Philadelphia based artist. He is pursuing his MFA at Tyler School of Art and Architecture and has received his BFA from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. He received the Brown-Mackenzie scholarship and the Sister Paul Keefe scholarship. Keith has exhibited work at the Quarter gallery, Dobrow Freeman Gallery, and Q.arma as well as a number of small exhibitions at the University of Minnesota.

    Artist's Statement

    The fact that I only have the option to change or not change terrifies me. Is there anyway to know that it’ll be for the better?

    As an artist based in process I work interdisciplinary, focusing on bookbinding, woodworking, printmaking, performance, photography, ceramics, and mold making. My work starts at a place of materiality. I start with material, oftentimes ones that have been overlooked or discarded. Then I document the material as a relief print, a photograph, or as a mold replica. Finally I transform the material and present the process all together, taking shape as a picture frame framing a print of itself, or a book telling the story of its creation.

    Through this process the work creates a space for acknowledging what was lost and gained through transformation on a material level as well as social and personal. While oftentimes existing as solely a material body, the work also acts as a symbol for change and manipulation as a whole. Multiplicity works as a way of expanding to a larger scope of community and the effects of change have on it.

    Selected Exhibitions

    Needed the Least, Big Pink House, New Orleans, LA

    Outlined, Dobrow Freeman Gallery, St. Petersburg, FL

    Message Pending, Katherine E. Nash, Minneapolis, MN

    There is no There There, Q.arma, Minneapolis, MN

    Scholarship Show, Regis Center for Art, Minneapolis, MN

    The Office Show, McNamara Center, Minneapolis, MN

    Static, Garage 237, Evergreen Park, IL

    Arts Quarter Festival, University of Minnesota Arts Quarter, Minneapolis, MN

    Open Studios, Regis Center for Art, Minneapolis, MN

    Shared Space, GalleryA, Minneapolis, MN

    Awards & Honors

    University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
    Dean's List

    University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
    Brown-Mackenzie Art Scholarship

    Saint Xavier University, Chicago, IL
    Scholarship Award


    Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Philadelphia, PA
    MFA Candidate, Sculpture

    University of Minnesota/Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN
    BFA, Art