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.
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
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