Professor of Fine Arts
It is impossible for anyone to have a conversation with Professor Dorothy Keller and not be inspired and invigorated by the world of Art. Her consciousness is awash not only with a keen appreciation for the visceral beauty of Art, but also for its ability to tie together the seemingly disparate worlds of philosophy, science, religion, technology and politics.
Professor Keller has traveled extensively throughout Europe and the Middle East, and has taken part in many archeological digs. Professor Keller says, “It is my experience that traveling is important in order to understand the cultural context of the Art in question. I will not teach anything that I haven’t seen in person: hence our field trips to art museums and galleries.”
Professor Keller wants students to stay engaged in Art by asking as many questions as possible. What does it mean to be human? Why does a person see an object and then find herself moved to recreate the image on canvas? What are the cultural aspects that affect the work? Is there a common ground between a student in 2005 A.D., and an Egyptian woman in 2800 B.C.? How do they relate? Professor Keller comments, “Watching students grow and evolve is the greatest gift a professor can have. One of my students recently did a research paper on the classical architectural elements present in modern-day Meriden, Connecticut. My job is to give students the tools they need to grow. I tell them, ‘If you keep your eyes open, you’ll see that Art is all around you.'”
Recent Research/Publications/ Presentations
- Named to Who’s Who in American Education, 1993 – 1998
- Named to Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, 2002
- Received the Sears-Roebuck Foundation Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership Award, May 1989
- Received the Distinguished Alumna Award, University of Saint Joseph, June 26, 1999.
A Selection of Exhibitions of Photography and Art Work
- The Slater Museum of Art, Norwich, Connecticut, Photography Invitational Exhibit, 2003.
- The New Britain Museum of Art, juried exhibit, January 2004
- Annual Connecticut Artists Exhibitions, juried shows, 1980 to present
- The McAuley Atrium Gallery, 2001
- The City of Hartford Director’s Gallery, 2000
- The Marie Louise Trichet Gallery, Litchfield, Connecticut
- Edward Hopper House Gallery, Nyack, New York
- West Beth Gallery, New York City
- Art Students League Gallery, New York City
A Selection of Video Productions
- “The Wadsworth Atheneum: “Portrait of a Museum,” produced by Connecticut Public Television, 2001.
- “The Visual Art of Thomas Merton,” produced by the Thomas Merton Studies Center, Bellarmine College, Louisville, Kentucky.
A Selection of Radio and Television Production
With Tom Brophy, Theme: Ancient Egyptian, August 25, 1995. WCRC live radio interview with Brad Davis based upon my discovery of a cache of tombs in Egypt National Public Radio – live interview with Faith Middleton on the program, September 28, 1995, “Open Art New England,” Broadcast Theme: significance of discovery of the tombs in Egypt. The program was re-broadcast in November. Tapes are available through National Public Radio.
- WTIC live radio interview with Colin MacEnroe, October 19, 1995. The theme was related to my discovery and the process of Mummification.
- WATR AM Radio, Waterbury, Connecticut, November 9, 1995. A live radio interview with Tom Brophy. Topic, “The Art of Egypt, History and contemporary life in Egypt , conducted in two segments,1:30 – 2:30 PM and 3:00 – 4:00 PM.
- Channel 13 Television, live interview and discussion, Art and my discovery at the Ramesseum, November 30, 1995. The show was also taped and re-broadcast on December 2, 1995.
- WILI Live radio interview with Wayne Norman from 7:15 to 9:00 AM celebrating my presentation, “The Life and Works of the Artist: John Trumbull,” February 17, 2000
- Taped interview for WNBC Channel 30 for the program, “Connecticut Discoveries” – conducted at the New Britain Museum of American Art relating to the outstanding collection of American Art at the museum, December 18, 2003 and re-televised in January 2004
M.Ed., University of Hartford
M.A., University of Saint Joseph
C.A.G.S., University of Saint Joseph
B.S., University of Hartford Art School