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School of Art + Design Professor Wins Prestigious Local Art Prize

School of Art + Design Professor Wins Prestigious Local Art Prize

April 25, 2017

The San Diego Visual Arts Network Recognizes SDSU School of Art + Design Associate Professor Richard Keely as One of the Area’s Best Artists

About the San Diego Art Prize

Highly-respected, longtime SDSU School of Art + Design sculpture professor, Richard Keely, has been awarded the distinguished 2016 San Diego Art Prize. The San Diego Art Prize honors local artists with cash awards and exclusive opportunities to exhibit their artwork at several prominent San Diego venues including the Athenaeum Music and Arts Library in La Jolla.

Keely to be Honored at Opening Reception

Keely and his fellow honorees will be recognized at an opening reception at the Athenaeum on May 12, 2017 from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m in the Joseph Clayes III Gallery. The School of Art + Design’s 15th Annual Athenaeum Program and Reception for Art Council Ambassador Scholarship Winners will take place that same evening starting at 5:30 p.m. in the downstairs studio classroom, with a reception in the Rotunda at 6:30 p.m. Both exhibitions will run from May 12 through June 10, 2017.

About Richard Keely

Nationally recognized California-based artist, and SDSU School of Art + Design faculty member, Richard Keely, was originally trained as a painter. However, Keely’s work during the last twenty years has turned towards sculpture, photography and installation. With his sculptural work, Keely transforms ordinary objects into visually dense wall pieces with the intention of evoking an array of experiential possibilities.

Winning the San Diego Art Prize is an enormous honor for Keely. “I have so much admiration for the artists who have won this award in the past,” said Keely. “They are all incredibly gifted and well respected. The fact that I am now part of that illustrious group is very validating and humbling.”

Keely has enjoyed solo exhibitions and collaborations at well-known galleries and museums across the country. He has also exhibited, given lectures, and served as a visiting artist at several Universities including Murray State University, Oberlin College, and Montana State University.

The content within this article has been edited by Lizbeth Persons.

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