STEVE KEISTER: Orange Pentagon, 2021
Steve Keister was born in Lancaster, PA in 1949. He received his B.F.A. from Tyler School of Art in 1971. After receiving his M.F.A. from Tyler School of Art in Rome in 1973 he moved to New York City. He started working at the Whitney Museum, first at the sales desk, later doing in-house signage. The Whitney curators Marcia Tucker and Patterson Sims promoted his work, and soon he was exhibiting in solo and group exhibitions, including the 1981 Whitney Biennial. Since then he has received several grants, including a Gottlieb Foundation Grant in 1999 and a Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship in 2000. He has exhibited his work in prestigious galleries including BlumHelman Gallery, Gagosian Gallery, Bill Maynes Gallery, Feature and Mitchell Algus Gallery. His work is included in over 60 museum collections.