Closing reception is Friday, September 30th
The artwork of Robert O. Keith, IV is currently on display in the Peter L. Youngers Fine Art Gallery located in E.S. French Hall on the campus of Northeastern Junior College. This gallery show will remain on display through Friday, September 30th. On this same date, a closing reception will be held in the artist’s honor at the gallery from 4 to 5 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public.
Keith, 29, from Sterling, is a very accomplished young, local artist who began his training at Northeastern Junior College. He works in various mediums including painting, drawing, sculpting and mixed media. Some of his best work has been his self-depiction in ink, pencil and paint. Much of his art has a touch of satire to it. After receiving his associate’s degree at NJC in 2009, Keith is now at Colorado State University pursuing a bachelor’s degree in fine art with a concentration in painting. “Because I am still a student I have only been working on improving my skills rather than jumping into the business side of art,” says Keith. “I do enjoy working on custom, original pieces for people when I am in between semesters.” He says he does not have a studio of his own yet but is taking full advantage of the studio spaces CSU offers to focus on his skills and abilities as an artist.
While at NJC, in 2009, Keith was involved in the design and production of a bike rack that is also a piece of sculptured art that looks like a large book. The rack sits outside of the west entrance to the Monahan Library. His face appears inside that sculpture and can only be seen with some eye seeking effort. That same year, he carved a beautiful ice sculpture that was used at the Hope Gala fundraiser.
Prior to enrolling at NJC, Keith had not had any formal training in the arts. “I love to learn, and have always loved to draw so I surrounded myself with other artists, and any books about the field of art that I could get my hands on,” he notes. “I have admired many artists over the years, and at times I find myself making a few works that are very similar to a particular artist I am currently fascinated with. It is a technique artists use to not only learn someone else’s visual language, but to improve upon their own,” Keith said. “It is the teachers that I have had over the years that I most admire. Without their guidance and knowledge I would have not been able to make it this far.”