Chad Eric Keith
I was born in Colorado Springs, CO. My passion for drawing began as a young child. I pursued art in secondary school, taking as many classes as I could as well as a few private lessons. I attended a liberal arts college, Western State, in Gunnison, CO for one year.
Having limited income and self-paid tuition, I changed paths. I began working at the Craftwood Inn in Manitou Springs, CO, a fine dining wild game establishment, where I worked for almost 10 years. Taking on a different passion of art, I worked my way up the ranks and left as Sous Chef.
During the next 10 years I traveled to Minnesota, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, working as Chef in many different environments. Meanwhile, I continued to sketch, never abandoning my first passion and bringing what I learned from the kitchen and applying it to a different palate.
I believe expression of art, on a plate or canvas, offers creativity, captivation, and emotion. As a chef, I had afforded the guest with excitement, pleasure and satisfaction. As an artist I desire to provide the viewer with sensuality, inspiration, and enchantment.
When residing in San Antonio, I was a member of the Boerne Professional Artists, and the San Antonio Art League Museum. I was also an active volunteer for Inspire Fine Art Center and taught drawing classes through the Health and Wholeness
Center at the Benedictine Sisters Monastery in Boerne, Tx.
In Colorado Springs, CO, I was the Chairman of Demonstrations and Secretary for the Colorado Springs Art Guild, was Class Coordinator for Sheppard Arts Institute and Curator for Southern Colorado Veterinary Internal Medicine Specialty Hospital.
Exhibitions (Juried, Group, Solo)
-2018 70th Anniversary Judged Art Show (Colorado Springs Art Guild) Judge: Karen Khoury
-2017 Colorado Springs Art Guild “Autumn Spirit”; “One Hundred Dollars” 2015, “Untroubled” 2014, “Bourbon Street Performance” 2014 Judge: Cheryl St. John
-2016 San Antonio Art League Museum Annual Artist Exhibition; ‘Untroubled” 2014, “One Hundred Dollars” 2015 Judge: Peter Trippi, Editor of Fine Art Connoisseur
-2016 Inspire Community Fine Art Center Annual Art Show; “Beauty in Bliss” 2016 Judge: Ali James Curator & Director of Visitor Services at the Texas Capitol
-2015 City Hall Austin, TX; Human2020 Artists for Freedom Exhibition “One Hundred Dollars” was featured to raise awareness for human trafficking. Four of twenty-five artists were chosen by City Hall to display work.
-2014 San Antonio Art League Museum Annual Artist Exhibition “Italian Town” 2013
-2014 Inspire Community Fine Art Center San Antonio, TX Annual Gala “Bourbon Street Performance” 2014 Judge: Pamela Gardner
-June 2015 Canopy Artists for Freedom Exhibition Austin, TX. Purposed to raise awareness of human trafficking. Twenty-five selected artists were involved.
-Over 100 private commissions since 2013. Ranging from landscapes, portraits, pet portraits and a few “visions of clients.” Sizes range from 8x10-16x24.
-Second place Drawing at Colorado Art Fest at Castlerock 2016
-Honorable Mention Fine Art at Commonwheel Labor Day Art Festival 2016
-Second place Fine Art at Commonwheel Labor Day Art Festival 2018
Publications (print, tv-radio, blogs, online periodicals, website use)
-Pikes Peak Bulletin Cover (Labor Day Art Festival Advertisement) 2018
-Colorado Christian Artists featured artist Instagram
-Facebook: Boerne “Daily Dose of Boerne Art” Featured Artist https://www.facebook.com/boernetx/?fref=ts
-Artsy Shark Art Studio Visit: “What’s Your Creative Inspiration?”and “Balancing Art and Business” http://www.artsyshark.com/2015/01/20/studio/ ------https://www.artsyshark.com/2017/03/09/balancing-art-and-business/
-Vistaprint Owner Nation “Grand Openings”
-Dogs and Cats Magazine (San Antonio, TX); Sketches by Chad Eric Keith advertisement and feature for holiday pet portraits.
Related experience (teaching- workshops-private lessons)
-Nov 2016-2017 Sheppard Arts Institute, Colorado Springs, CO; Class Coordinator and Instructor. Organized and marketed classes for Winter-Spring, Summer and Fall sessions. Taught “Finding the Truth” Drawing classes and workshops at various times throughout the year.
-2017 Colorado Springs Art Guild, Director of Demonstrations for monthly meetings and Volunteer
-2015-2016 Sisters of the Benedictine Monastery, Boerne, TX; Drawing instructor for three four week Fall, Winter, Spring sessions. Covered areas of shapes/values, proportion, perspective, and portraits to seniors ages fifty and above.
-2016 Boerne Professional Artists (Hill Country Council for the Arts Affiliate); (February 27, July 16) Comfort Inn and Suites Boerne, TX
Basics of Graphite Sketching Workshop Instructor 10am-4pm
Covered shapes/values, proportion, composition, briefed on perspective to all ages.
-2014-2016 Pedernales Cellars, Stonewall, TX; Displayed work and conducted live sketching for patrons.
-2014-2016 Inspire Community Fine Art Center San Antonio, TX; Volunteer assisted with event organization of their Fall Festival 2015 and their annual juried art show in 2016. I hosted a private fundraiser at my home in 2014.
Affiliation (Gallery, Group)
-Studio 71 Bastrop, TX (formerly Art on the Colorado)
2015 February-March Six week featured artist
2015 June-April 2016 exhibitor
-Hummingline Gallery Colorado Springs, CO 2016-2018
-Boerne Professional Artists member 2015-2016
-San Antonio Art League Museum member 2014-2016
-Colorado Springs Art Guild (Director of Demos) 2017-2018 Secretary 2018
-Sheppard Arts Institute (Class Coordinator) 2017