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Jimmy Keller

BIO

Jimmy Keller is an artist located just outside of Buffalo, NY. Jimmy Keller creates sculptures and installations which recognize the past, present, and future of human coexistence with the necessary natural world. His current pieces draw inspiration from history including the advancements of the industrial revolution and our current ideas of land development. 

Keller received his Bachelors of Fine Arts from the State University of New York at Fredonia. He began professionally chainsaw carving at the age of fifteen, traveling around the northeast creating large-scale wooden sculptures. He quickly expanded into other art forms, still incorporating many of the skills learned early on. He studied historical renaissance and contemporary art in Florence, Italy. He currently is an art column writer for SUNY Fredonia’s newspaper, The Leader, where he addresses the local and worldwide contemporary art scene in a critical and philosophical way, while incorporating expertise of other artists and professionals. After receiving his BFA, Keller will then proceed for his Masters of Fine Arts.

After graduating from SUNY Fredonia in May of 2024, he will proceed to work as an artist and attend an artist residency.  In fall of 2025, he will continue towards his Masters of Fine Arts. His goal is to educate other young artists at the post-secondary level, hoping to reinvent art education in the midst of the decline of art at the university level. 

Keller finds beauty and appreciation in the environment through kayaking, biking, skiing, hiking and traveling. His overall passion emerges from nature and his ambition to inspire, educate, and connect through the power of art.

Education

2024

2023 

2022 

Bachelors of Fine Arts, Sculpture, State University of NY at Fredonia, Fredonia, NY

Art History Study Abroad, Florence, Italy (May-June)

Associates of Fine Arts, State University of New York Erie, Orchard Park, NY

Exhibitions

2024 

Biophilia, Emmitt Christian Gallery, Fredonia, NY

Science, Art and Business: Intersections of Environmental Activism, Reed Library, Fredonia, NY

Midnight Oil, Cathy and Jesse Marion Art Gallery, Fredonia, NY

2023 

Southern Tier Biennial, Peg Bothner Gallery, Jurors: Andrea Alverez, Judy Barie, Tullis Johnson, Olean, NY (catalog)

Earth, Wind, and Pliers, Emmitt Christian Gallery, Fredonia, NY 

Oscar Open House, Reed Library, Fredonia, NY

Identity, Emmitt Christian Gallery, Fredonia, NY

Analog, Emmitt Christian Gallery, Fredonia, NY

Awards

2023 

George W. Booth Visual Arts Scholarship, State University of NY at Fredonia

Teaching Experience

2024

2023

2021

Student Ambassador, Visual Art Dept., SUNY Fredonia
Professor Learning Assistant, SUNY Fredonia Woodworking Class
Student Ambassador, Visual Art Dept., SUNY Fredonia
Substitute Teacher, Gowanda Middle School, Gowanda, NY

Bibliography

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2022 

2021 

2018

Roger Coda, "Artwork by sculpture major Jimmy Keller accepted into juried professional art competition," SUNY Fredonia, 2023
"Southern Tier Biennial," Tri-County Arts Council, 2023
Will Karr, "Student artists depict physical realities in Emmitt Christian 'Analog' exhibit," The Fredonia Leader, February 2022
Anthony Dolce, "Recent grad begins award effort," Observer Today, January 2022
"Featured chainsaw artist coming to Fall Music and Art Fest," Bradford Era, September 2021
Mary Heyl, "Chainsaw Artist," Post-Journal, November 2018
Catherine Danielewicz, "Winterfest at Chestnut Ridge Park," WIVB Buffalo, 28 January 2018
Barbara O'Brien, "Chainsaw art's a cut above: Sculptor," The Buffalo News, 29 January 2018
Mike Randall, "Young sculptor is a cut above the rest," The Now Buffalo, WKBW Buffalo, 2 Feb 2018

Publications as Author

2024

2023

" Laylah Ali in the Marion Art Gallery," The Fredonia Leader, March 26.
"The Most Powerful Art Surrounds Us: How Artists Use Their Voice Through Buffalo's Public Art," The Fredonia Leader, Feb 6.
"Fredonia's unfulfilled responsibility: Art display," The Fredonia Leader, October 17.
"Art in Italy: Contemporary and Historic," The Fredonia Leader, June.
"An inside look at the Marion Art Gallery Senior Exhibition," The Fredonia Leader, May 3.
"The future of art in an AI world," 
The Fredonia Leader, April 5.
"Originality and inspiration in Marion's 'Mis/Communication'," The Fredonia Leader, March 8.

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