Philip Van Keuren
Professor of Art
Philip Van Keuren was born in Dallas, Texas in 1948. He received his B.F.A. (1974) and M.F.A. (1977) degrees in studio art from the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University. He currently serves as Professor of Art and director of the Pollock Gallery for the Division of Art at the Meadows School, where he has curated a number of notable exhibitions.
Van Keuren attended the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program in New York in 1975 and is a 1978 and 2009 Fellow of The MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, New Hampshire. During the early 1980s he also constructed architectural models for the renowned American architects I. M. Pei, Henry Cobb and Philip Johnson, among others. He was a visiting artist at Brown University in 1989.
Van Keuren completed a poetry residency at the Vermont Studio Center in March 2007. His book Monody: Selected Poems 1978–2009 was published in conjunction with the exhibition Philip Van Keuren: Forty Years of Works on Paper 1969–2009 at The McKinney Avenue Contemporary (The MAC) in Dallas, Texas. As an artist he has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions since 1971. His artworks, like his poems, are prompted by everyday observations that reveal the world as sublimely beautiful while at the same time ultimately unknowable.
Van Keuren is also a keen gardener and student of garden history.
M.F.A. (1977) and B.F.A. (1974) in Studio Art, Southern Methodist University
Foundations, Sculpture, Collage, Printmaking, Senior Seminar, Graduate Seminar
Nominee: The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award, 2009
Fellow: The MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, New Hampshire, 1978 and 2009
Fellow: Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program, New York, New York, 1975