Patricia Keck

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  • Patricia
  • Mary
  • Whalen
  • Keck
  • Brian Anthony Joseph Paul
  • April 2, 1946
  • Watseka, Illinois
  • Causasian
  • Peoria, Illinois
  • 1998-2015: Contemporary Art Center, Peoria, Illinois 2015-2019: The Mill, Peoria, Illinois
  • Ceramicist, Printmaker, Sculptor
  • Illinois State University, Elementary Education, Art Education, 1964-1968;
    Millikin University, Ceramics, 1989-1996, Rimas VisGirda.
    Bradley University, 1968, Master of Liberal Studies, 1999, MA, Sculpture, 2018 MFA, Sculpture, instructor, Fisher Stoltz.
  • In 2005, during the latter part of my teaching career, I traveled to Beijing, China where I observed the teaching methods used by Chinese educators, including their approach to teaching Chinese culture through the arts, while there, I experienced the great value they placed on the arts.  This cultural experience continues to inspire me and has shaped my studio practice and teaching career.  On a regular basis I visit world class museums, including the Art Institute of Chicago, the St Louis Museum of Art and the Cleveland Museum to view first-hand works done by ancient civilizations and to study the imagery, with a particular interest in animal imagery that reflects my themes and subject matter.
  • solo

    May 2-11, 2018: more questions than answers, Hartmann Center Gallery, Peoria, Illinois; [solo]

    2018               “1st Friday”, Ear in the Envelope Gallery, Peoria, IL

    2016               MA Thesis Exhibition, “Of Significance”, Bradley University

    2016               “While Birds Sleep…”, Project 1612, Peoria, IL

    1996               “Private Journey”, Checkered Raven Gallery II, Peoria, IL

    1993               “There Was Once A Young Women”, Round River Gallery, Peoria, IL

    group and two-person exhibitions

    2017                  Emergence:  The National Arts of Central Illinois, Peoria Riverfront Museum, Peoria IL

    2017                  Local Inspiration, Exhibit A Gallery, Peoria Heights, IL

    2017                  Regional Exhibition, Peoria Riverfront Museum, Peoria IL

    2016               Staying the Course, Contemporary Art Center, Peoria IL

    2016               CAC Resident Artists, Peoria Public Library Exhibition, Peoria IL

    2016               ARTexchange, College Art Association 2016, Washington D.C.

    2015                  When Birds Sleep, Project 1612, Peoria, IL

    2014               Converging, Speakeasy Art Center, Pekin, IL

    2013-1990    Annual First United Methodist Exhibition, Peoria, IL

    2012               Vernissage, Prairie Center for the Arts, Peoria, IL

    2012               CIAO and Friends Invitational, Peoria Riverfront Museum, Peoria, IL

    2010               *Two Women…Intuitive Truths, Contemporary Art Center, Peoria, IL

    2005               Peoria Women in the Arts thru 1970, Peoria Art Guild, Peoria, IL

    2000               Global Expressions 2000, Freight House Exchange, El Paso, IL

    2000               She of a Thousand Names, Peoria Art Guild, Peoria, IL

    2000               *Chrysalis:  Embracing the Past with Eyes to the Future, Contemporary Art Center, Peoria, IL

    2000               Figuratively Speaking, Phoenix Studios, Peoria, IL

    2000               The New Millennium:  Illinois Artists, Lakeview Museum, Peoria, IL

    1998               Meeting of the Minds II, Illinois Central College, East Peoria, IL

    1998               Checkered Raven Artists:  The Exhibition, Illinois Central College, East Peoria, Illinois

    1997               Studio Open House and Show, Contemporary Art Center, Peoria, IL

    1996               Birds in Art and The Birdhouse Invitational, Lakeview Museum, Peoria, IL

    1996               Artists Who Teach:  A Juried Invitational, Western Illinois University, Macomb, Illinois

    1995               Shirlington Artist Guild, Arlington, Virgina

    1995               Carving the Forces of Change, Women’s Caucus for Art, 25th AnniversaryShow

    1994               Dialogues, Peoria Art Guild, Peoria, IL

    1994               Hats, Helmets and Halos, Gallery 510, Decatur, IL

    1994               Artemisia Gallery, Juror, Faith Rineggold, Chicago, IL

    1992               Artists’ Coalition of Central Illinois Member Show, Peoria Civic Center

    1991               Figures 7, Artworks Gallery, Peoria, IL

    1991               By The Seat of the Soul II, Galesburg Civic Art Center, Galesburg, IL

    1985               Stadt, Bodensee Museum, Sister City Art Museum, Friedrichshafen,                                    West Germany
  • Milliken University

    Bradley University

    private collections of friends and artists including, Ann Coulter, Julie K. W. Harkless, Ken Hoffman and Kristan McKinsey
  • Alexander Martin, A Tender Offering:  The Sculpture of Patricia Whalen Keck, Sixty Inches From Center, 2019. Jessica Bingham, Central Illinois Studio Visit Artist Interviews, project1612.com. Zac Zetterberg, “Emergence,” Peoria Riverfront Museum, 2017. Peoria, IL. (catalogue) Peoria Journal Star, Contemporary Art Center:  20 years of Creative Energy, Peoria, IL. CIAO & Friends Invitational:  Works by Central Illinois Artists, artist portraits by Doug & Eileen Leuning, Peoria Riverfront Museum. (catalogue) Channy Lyons, Peoria Women Artists through 1970, Wilde Press. Channy Lyons and Stella O’Handon, The Community Creativity Book, Wilde Press.  
  • 2016               Artist in Residence, Project 1612, Peoria, IL

    2013               Women Artists Panel Discussion:  Then and Now, Coordinator,                                             Contemporary Art Center, Peoria, IL

    2012-2013    Museum Learning Coordinator, Peoria Riverfront Museum, Peoria, IL

    2007-20011  Class Manager, Lakeview Museum of Arts and Sciences, Peoria, IL

    2007-2011    Instructor, Illinois Central College, East Peoria, IL

    2006-1989    Art Teacher, Pekin District #108, Pekin, IL

    2005               People to People Cultural Art Education Conference, Bejing, China.

    1989-1986    Art & Science Teacher, St. Mary’s Grade School, Edwards, IL

    1984-1985    Administrative Assistant, Peoria Art Guild, Peoria, IL

    1979-1983    Art Instructor, Peoria Art Guild, Peoria, IL

    1981-1982    Ceramics Instructor, Illinois Central College, East Peoria, IL

    1974               Art Teacher, St. Thomas Elementary School, Decatur, IL

    1968-1971    6th grade/Art Teacher, Yankee Ridge Elementary School, Urbana, IL