Artist's Biography / Statement

Artist's Biography

Born in Budapest, Hungary, Kathy Keler has lived most of her life in the United States. She received a B.A. from Bryn Mawr College, and lived in Washington DC for three decades, where she organized and participated in numerous exhibitions and art exchange programs. These included residency/exhibit projects in Budapest, Hungary; Lyon, France; and Calcutta, India.

Since moving to Tucson, Arizona in 2009 she has had a solo exhibit at the Artfare 45 Walls Gallery, has been a member of the Tucson Women's Art Collective, and has presented work at opening of the Catalyst art space in the Tucson Mall (sponsored by SAACA) She has also been active in performance art--producing, performing in, and creating videoas and set and costume design for community theater events from 2012 to 2019. In August 2014 Kathy presented a solo exhibit of her cross-disciplinary "Tableau" series at ESPACE V Theater Laboratory in Montreal Canada.  Earlier showings of her work have included a group exhibit at the Corcoran Gallery/ Hemicycle in 1993, and solo exhibits at the District of Columbia Arts Center in 1994, and at the American Cultural Center in Calcutta in 2000. She received an individual artist grant in 1995 from the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

Selected Exhibitions

2019  ANIMUS/ANIMA, Two-person exhibit at the Ward 6 Council Building, Tucson AZ

2018  LADDERS, Solo small works exhibit in conjunction with ZUZI! Dance's Winter Solstice show
         at the Historic YWCA, Tucson, AZ

2015  INSPIRE, TWAC (Tucson Women's Art Collective)group exhibit, YayBig Gallery, Tucson AZ

2014-2015  Group exhibit, Corazon Gallery, Santa Fe NM

2014  Tableau Vivant—Poetry of the Staged Portrait, solo show at EFFET V Theater Laboratory, Montreal Canada

2014  TWAC Inaugural Exhibit (Tucson Women's Art Collective)  Borderlands Cafe, Tucson AZ

2012   Group Exhibit, Solar Culture, Tucson AZ

2010   Solo Exbition at ArtFare 45 Walls Gallery, Tucson, AZ

2007   Solo Exhibit & Performance, Hyattstown Mill Gallery, Hyattstown, MD.

2006   Solo exhibit, Washington Theological Union, Takoma Park, MD

2000   Global Palette of Feminism: group exhibit, City University, NY, NY
          East Meets West: group exhibit, Flor de Luna Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1999   Art in the Embassies Program: group exhibit in La Paz, Bolivia
         Washington Art-O-Matic: area-wide group exhibit at the Manhattan Laundry, Washington, DC
         Memories of Love and Loss: solo exhibit, Borders Books, Alexandria, Virginia
         Selections from LaRuche Gallery: group Exhibit, Shanks & Herbert, Alexandria, Virginia
         Inaugural Exhibit: Platinum Club, washington DC

1998    Strictly Painting: group exhibt, McLean Project for the Arts, McLean, VA

1997    ArtScene Exhibits: solo & group exhibits in a variety of venues including:
           the National Press Building Group Show;
           Residence of the Deputy Ambassador of Germany, Wash., DC (sponsored by Project Brasas)

1996   3-person show:1708 East Main, Richmond, VA
         Abstract Vibrations: group exhibit, Project Brasas & Residence of the Deputy Ambassador of Germany

1995   The Art of Work, the Work of Art: traveling group exhibit : Pyramid Atlantic, New Carrolton, MD
          Artists In Residence: group exhibit, Dadian Gallery, Washington, DC
          Sources of Strength: group exhibit sponsored by PANDORA
          District of Columbia Arts Center, Washington, DC

1994   Glamour, group exhibit curated by Cohn Drennan: Fifth Column Night Gallery, Washington, DC
         Solo Exhibit, District of Columbia Arts Center
         Simultaneous Realities: three-person exhibit, Rockville Arts Place, Rockville, MD
         Solo Exhibit, Montpelier Cultural Arts Center, Laurel, Maryland

1993   Solo Exhibit: Essex Community College, Essex, Maryland
         Walk the Goddess Walk: Group Exhibit at DCAC, Washington, DC
         Multiple Connections, Group Exhibit at Market Five Gallery, Wash DC
         The Voyage , 6 month ceiling installation at Market Five Gallery, Washington DC
         Experimental Multiples: solo exhibit, Mount Vernon College, Wash. DC
         Out of the Padded Cell, group exhibit, Essex Community College, MD

1992  Washington/India Exchange: 3-person exhibit at Chemould Gallery, Calcutta, India,
         following 1 month artists¹ residency.
         Woman as Protagonist, Group show at Goucher college
         After India, 3-person exhibit at the District of Columbia Arts Center, DC
         WPA at the Hemicycle, group exhibit at the Corcoran Gallery
         Solo Exhibit at the Dance Place in Washington, DC
         Sex and the Symbol Woman, performance collaboration sponsored by PANDORA, at the
         Artscience Warehouse, Wash, DC

1991  Global Color, group exhibition at the Art Barn, Washington, DC
         New Language from Old Words, group exhibition at P. G. Comm. College, MD
         The Metaphysical Landscape, group exhibition at ³The Annex², Wash., DC
         Paintings by Donald Davidson & Kathy Keler at the Biograph Theater, Wash., DC
         Group Exhibition at the Fifth Column, Washington, DC
         BEAMS, group exhibition at the Bauhaus, Baltimore, MD

1990   Images of the Dance, group exhibit, M. L. King Jr. Library Gallery, Wash.D.C.
         The Washington/Lyon Exchange Part I, group collaborative project at the
         Sumner School Musuem and Archives, Washington DC.
         The Washington/Lyon Exchange Part II, group collaborative project at Galerie Domi Nostrae, Lyon, France
         The Art of the Spirit, group exhibit at the National City Christian Church

1989   Washington Artists Interaction; group exhibit at the IMF Visitor Center

1988   15 Artists from the USA; group exhibit, Fine Arts Academy of Budapest, Hungary
          Solo exhibition at the O Street Studio, Washington DC

1987    The Philadelphia/Chicago/Washington Exchange: group show at Artists¹ Space, Philadelphia and at
          N.A.B. Artists¹ Space in Chicago

1986    Three Women from Washington, traveling exhibit:Gallery Layki Ytonia,Nicosia, Cyprus; Antinor Gallery,
          Athens, Greece

1985   Brandeis Juried Exhibition, Strathmore Hall Art Center Solo Exhibition, Lado Institute, Wisconsin Ave.,  
         Washington DC

1984   The Washington/Berlin Exchange, group exhibit at the Weekend Gallery in West Berlin and
         Galerie Auf der Erde, Munich, West Germany

2009 Artist Residency sponsored by ArtFare, Tucson, AZ
1995 D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities Individual Artist Grant-in-Aid

Washington Times 5/ 2/ 85; Washington Review 6 /7 /85; Cyprus Weekly 1/10 /86 Lyon-Figaro 4/ 26/ 90; Baltimore Sun 3 / 92; Washington Times 11/11/92; Intowner 11/92 Hill Rag 11/93; Washington Post 2/94; Washington Post 5/94; KOAN 11/97

1996 - present: founder and administrator
1987 - 1998:     Arts Interaction, co-founder and chairperson
1989-1990:       District of Columbia Arts Center Board Member
1992-1994        PANDORA, member of working collective

2012        FUZE publishing: cover image for Cologne, a novel by Sarah Pleydell
2010        American Psychological Association: cover image for The Bald-Headed Princess
2007        American Psychological Association: cover image for Dialogues on Difference 
2000        Artists and Graphic Designers Market: computer print published
              Self-Relations in Psychotherapy: cover illustration
1991,93    Kalliope‹A Journal of Women's Art (paintings & computer art published)
1996        The Quest Magazine of Theosophy (paintings published)
1995        Common Boundary (graphic work published)
1994        Voices of Women (graphic work published)
1993        Wordworks (front cover of Sun, Salt, Moon)
1992        The Secret Surrealist Society‹ (graphic work published)
1992        The Washington Post Bookworld‹ (graphic work published

Artist's Statement

My goal for the last few years has been to bring together painting, performance and video into a new art form that can communicate to viewers on many levels. The performance events I have been presenting for the last 8 years (described as “metaphysical vaudeville”) have the same goal as what I always had for my painting: to create an imaginative space where the viewer is enabled to experience thoughts and feelings which are not usually accessible in ordinary experience; with beauty, a poetic/magical atmosphere, and humor helping to give the viewer “permission” to experience a larger reality, perhaps a transcendent reality.