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Bob Keefer graduated from Harvard University in 1975 and spent four decades as a newspaper reporter before retiring in 2013. He wrote about art and artists for most of the 30 years he worked at The Register-Guard in Eugene. In 2006 he was a fellow at the National Endowment for the Arts’ Journalism Institute for Theater and Musical Theater in Los Angeles.

Keefer has shown his hand-colored black and white landscape photography over the past 10 years at galleries in Eugene, Corvallis and Portland.

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Education

  • Harvard College, Cambridge, Mass. A.B. 1975 history of religion

  • Lane Community College, Eugene, Oregon. Various studio and art history classes 1995-2000

  • National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in theater journalism, Los Angeles, 2006

Publication

A series of my photographs was chosen to illustrate “Forest Under Story: Creative Inquiry in an Old-Growth Forest,” a collection of essays and poems about the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest, published by the University of Washington Press in spring 2016.

Exhibition and residencies

Artist residency awarded for four weeks in fall 2016 at the Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts in Laramie, Wyoming.

Eugene Biennial, regional juried exhibition at Karin Clarke Gallery, Eugene, Oregon, included “East of Steens.” August 2016.

Among Trees, solo show of work about trees, at InEugene, Eugene, Oregon. July 2016.

Juror’s Choice Award at the Around Oregon Annual statewide exhibition at the Arts Center in Corvallis, Oregon, for “Blowdown.” Juror was John Olbrantz, executive director of Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Willamette University. June-July 2016.

ROT: The Afterlife of Trees, a spring 2016 exhibit at the Arts Center of Corvallis and then at the World Forestry Center in Portland, included two of my very large (24×72) tree portraits along with smaller work.

Jacobs Gallery, Hult Center for the Performing Arts, Eugene, Oregon. Forest Investigation, solo show of work from H.J. Andrews residency, spring 2015.

Visual artist in residence, H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest, Blue River, Oregon, spring 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay, Oregon. Juried Expressions West show included my large hand colored photo “Rose.” Spring 2014.

Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, Oregon. Ten prints in Drawers Exhibition 2013 (April 2013-March 2014)

Karin Clarke Gallery, Eugene, Oregon. I curated a 2009 photography show with work by Brian Lanker, Craig Hickman, Robin Cushman, Franklin Miller, Dennis Galloway, Annie Frantzeskos, and myself.

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