Michael O’Keefe lives in Dallas, Texas, and works as an artist in the fields of drawing, painting and sculpture.   O’Keefe exhibits his work regularly in Dallas and is represented by Valley House Gallery and Sculpture Garden. He has also exhibited his work in Philadelphia and New York, and has work in many private collections.

O’Keefe received a Bachelor degree in Arts from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA after studying at the Maryland Institute College of Art and the International School of Art in Umbria, Italy. Following his undergraduate education O’Keefe continued his art education briefly at The New York Studio School. O’Keefe received an MFA from Southern Methodist University.

O’Keefe has taught as an adjunct professor in various college art departments including Southern Methodist University, Brookhaven College, Eastfield College and Collin College. He has also taught extensively outside of academia, for many years conducting a drawing program at the architect firm Corgan Associates, Inc., teaching at The Creative Arts Center of Dallas, participating in education programs at the Nasher Sculpture Center, and giving many lectures and demonstrations in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. In 2013, O’Keefe opened The O’Keefe Studio Center, an independent arts space in Richardson, TX dedicated to arts education and arts opportunities for local artists and art enthusiasts.

Education

2006   MFA            Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX – Drawing and Sculpture

1999    BA                 Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA – Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, Art History Minor

1999                           New York Studio School, New York, NY – Post-graduate studies, Drawing and Sculpture

1998 (Summer)       International School of Art, Italy – Undergraduate studies, Drawing, Sculpture, Art History

1997                            Maryland Institute College of Art – Undergraduate studies – Drawing, Sculpture, Painting

 Solo Exhibitions

 2014                        Michael O’Keefe: Sculpture and Drawings, Valley House Gallery and Sculpture Garden, Dallas, TX

2012                        Continuum, Valley House Gallery, Dallas, TX

2010                        Lady Classical, Mother Metamorphosis, and Other Holy Fables, Valley House Gallery, Dallas, TX

2010                       Michael O’Keefe, Faculty Project 24, Forum Gallery, Brookhaven College, Farmers Branch, TX

2008                       Value and Myth: Recent Drawing and Sculpture, Noorwoodflynn Gallery, Dallas, TX

2006                       Pulsing Impossibilities, Norwoodflynn Gallery, Dallas, TX

2005                        Abraham, The Hawn Gallery, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX

 

Exhibitions

2014                         The MAC at 20, The McKinney Avenue Contemporary, Dallas, TX

2014                        Dallas Art Fair, Fashion Industry Gallery, Dallas, TX

2014                        Marking a Course, curated by Tracee W. Robertson, UNT Art Gallery, Denton, TX

2014                        Annual MAC Membership Exhibition, The McKinney Avenue Contemporary, Dallas, TX

2013                        Dallas Art Fair, Fashion Industry Gallery, Dallas, TX

2013                        Annual MAC Membership Exhibition, The McKinney Avenue Contemporary, Dallas, TX

2012                        BCSA Art Faculty Exhibition, Forum Gallery, Brookhaven College, Dallas, TX

2012                        Respect: Artists Invite Artists, Valley House Gallery, Dallas, TX

2012                        Dallas Art Fair, Fashion Industry Gallery, Dallas, TX

2011                        Elemental: color/line/texture, Valley House Gallery, Dallas, TX

2011                        Hecho En Dallas, The Latino Cultural Center, Dallas, TX

2011                        Dallas Art Fair, Fashion Industry Gallery, Dallas, TX

2009                        The Plan is The Body, curated by Michael Garguilo, Big Chimney, Chicopee, Mass.

2009                        Meadows Art Now: SMU Art Faculty Exhibition, The McKinney Ave. Contemporary, Dallas, TX

2008                        DCCCD Faculty Exhibition, 500X Gallery, Dallas, TX

2008                        Academia Pushing the Boundary, The MAC, Dallas, TX

2007                        Interventions and Contraventions: Michael O’Keefe and Nicholas Cairns, Norwoodflynn Gallery, Dallas

2006                        Ray Larrow & Michael O’Keefe, The McKinney Avenue Contemporary, New Works Space, Dallas, TX 2006

2006                        The Shew, Mockingbird Station, Dallas TX

2006                        Masters of Fine Arts Qualifying Exhibit, Pollock Gallery, SM

2005                        Figure I, Norwoodflynn Gallery, Dallas, TX

2004                        Nicholas Cairns and Michael O’Keefe: Painting, Sculpture and Drawing, Cantor Fitzgerld Gallery, Haverford, PA

2003                        Emerging Brooklyn Artists, Gallery 718, Brooklyn, NY

2001-3                     Gowanus Artists Association, Studio Exhibitions, Brooklyn, NY

 

Professional Activities                                   

2007-Pres.            Working Artist, Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, TX, Demonstrate personal sculpture techniques and methodologies as part of the ‘Target First Satuday’ Programming

2014                        From an Artists Point of View: reflections on the Minds Eye exhibit at the Dallas Museum of Art, gallery talk, DMA, Dallas, TX

2014                        An Artists Reflections on Drawing: Looking at The Spanish Gesture, Gallery Talk at The Meadows Museum of Art at SMU, Dallas, TX

2014                       Sculpture Demonstration, Visual Arts League of Lewisville, MCL Grand Theatre, Lewisville, TX

2013                     Evening Lecture Series at The O’Keefe Studio Center, Lectures: “The Drawings of Edward Hopper”, “Modern Masters From The Art Institute Of Chicago”, “Rodin, Michelangelo and Phidias; reflections on the tradition of western sculpture”,“The Psychology of Representation; The Necessity and  Limitations of Schema”, “Van Gogh -“Drawing is the root of everything.””, “Body Beautiful”

2013                       Drawing Demonstration, Richardson Civic Arts Society, Richardson, TX

2012                        Sculpture Demonstration, Plano Arts Association, Plano TX

2012                        Juror for the Annual Texas Sculpture Association Exhibit

2011                        Juror for the sixth annual “125 Show”, Plano Arts Association

2009-2011            Drawing Workshop, Nasher Sculpture Center Summer Teen Institute

2009                        Member of the selection jury for the K. Roberts Memorial Delineation Competition, American Inst. of Architects

2009                       Visiting Artist, Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA

2009                        Member of the selection jury for the Young Masters Exhibit, Dallas Museum of Art

2006                        A Look at Giacometti, Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, TX, 8-session demonstration of the techniques and artistic philosophies of Alberto Giacometti, in conjunction with the exhibit Alberto Giacometti, The Women of Giacometti

2003-4                    Visiting Artist, Haverford College, Haverford, PA

2004                       Visiting Artist, Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA

 

Teaching

2013-Pres.             Instructor, The O’Keefe Studio Center, Richardson, TX

2011-2013.             Associate Professor of Drawing, Collin College, Plano, TX

2008-2013.            Adjunct Professor, Drawing and Sculpture, Brookhaven College, Farmers Branch, TX

2007-2013.            Adjunct Professor, Drawing, Eastfield College, Mesquite, TX

2007-2009.           Adjunct Professor, Drawing and Sculpture, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX

2007-Pres.             Instructor of Drawing, Corgan Associates, Dallas, TX

2008-2013.            Drawing Instructor/Lecturer, The Bonny Studio, Richardson, TX

2007                         Instructor of Drawing, Creative Arts Center of Dallas, Dallas, TX

2005-7                     Instructor of Art, Southern Methodist University, School of Continuing Education, Dallas, TX

2004-6                     Graduate Assistant, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX           

2002-4                     Instructor of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture, Hospital Audiences, Inc., New York, NY

2000-2                     Departmental Assistant, Haverford College, Haverford, PA