Joe Bun Keo

Born 1987; Bristol, CT USA
Lives and works in Hartford, CT USA


University of Hartford – Hartford Art School, West Hartford, CT
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture / Minor in Art History magna cum laude


silence like lasagna, Pegasus and Niche Gallery at Middlesex Community College, Middletown, CT

Speaking Light, Melanie Carr Gallery, Essex, CT

Head to Toe, ArtWalk at Hartford Public Library Hartford, CT

Thunder only happens when it’s raining. Players only love you when they’re playing, Founder’s Hall Gallery at Northwestern Connecticut Community College, Winsted, CT

Handle with Care, 75 Pratt Street #308, Hartford, CT

Modest Gesture and the Grand Scale, Caro Gallery, Meriden, CT

Youth Vernacular, Bristol Historical Society and Museum, Bristol, CT


sourMILK curated by Ben Quensel and Christine Stiver, Greenwich, CT

Vote: a group show of one word, EBK Gallery, Hartford, CT

Dial II at Fuller Brush: Useful as a Glass Hammer- curated by Richard Max Gavrich, The Dial at the Fuller Brush Building, Hartford, CT

Cool + Collected, Melanie Carr Gallery, Essex Village, CT

Debtfair, a work by Occupy Museums, 2017 Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City, NY

Scars and Stripes,Spaceworks Gallery, Tacoma, WA

Distracted Driving, Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT

Wonder + Awe, Silpe Gallery, West Hartford, CT

Art in Action, Hartford ArtSpace Gallery, Hartford, CT

Hartford Dada, Pump House Gallery, Hartford, CT

A Crew in Interest (Accruing Interest), The Mill at Trinity College, Hartford, CT

CT ArtList Pop-Up Exhibition, The former Peter Lawrence Gallery space at 703 Kent Road, Gaylordsivlle, CT

Proposals in conjunction with AT NIGHT THEY LEAVE THEIR CENTURY, CHERT Gallery, Berlin, Germany

Drugstore Beetle (Sitodrepa Paniceum) II, California State University Long Beach (CSULB) - University Library, Long Beach, CA

NOW ON, ATOMspace, Hartford, CT

Lofty Dreams, Loft 507 at the Design Center, Hartford, CT

Illegitimate Offspring of Dada, Artwell Gallery, Torrington, CT

ABSTRACTION, Gallery 46, Rockville, CT

REPRESENTING RACE, URI Providence Gallery, Providence, RI

SLIDE SLAM, Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT

Scattered Light, Art of This Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

the space between us, Art House Co-Op/Brooklyn Art Library, NYC

Young, Up and Coming, Pia Sjölin Gallery, Canton, CT

HIRE EDUCATION/ SUMMER ART SERIES #1 & #2/ FLEX IT AT LE STUJO, New Britain Artists’ Cooperative, New Britain, CT

One Master Signifier –BFA Sculpture, Silpe Gallery, West Hartford, CT


The Chart: 2017-2018 anthology, Portland, MN

Artist Breakfast, post / C-MAP (Contemporary and Modern Art Perspectives in a Global Age Initiative), The Museum of Modern Art, NYC

Public Access, SF Camerawork-San Francisco, CA/Les Recontres d’Arles Photographie- Arles, France

MAIL NOTHING TO THE TATE MODERN , Rhizome at Tate Modern, London, England

we would like to offer you a flower, Reanimation Library, Chicago, IL

A Thought at the Edge of the Continent: Manchuria to Siberia 1942 -1947, Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT


• Wellesley College Alice C. Cole ’42 Fellowship 2013-2014 Nominee

• Hartford Art School Alumni Committee Award (Second Place) 2012- Hartford Art School Juried Exhibition 2012, juried by independent curator Sarina Basta

• The Mountain School of Arts (MSA^) 2012 Program Candidate, Los Angeles, CA (declined)

• Estelle S. Hartman Sculpture Prize – Hartford Art School


• 2018 Connecticut Office of the Arts: Artist Fellowship Emerging Recognition Awardee

• The Golden Thread Gallery SPARK! Ignite the Arts Initiative

• David Horvitz and Mylinh Trieu Nguyen/ ASDF-Makes: 100 $1 Grant

• Art House Co-Op/Brooklyn Art Library: the space between us $1000 Grant


Susan Dunne, “Cambodian-American Muses on Culture Clash with Exhibit at Hartford Library,” The Hartford Courant, February 26, 2015

Mike Chaiken, “Bristol Artist Gets the Brain Pumping in Latest Exhibit,” The Bristol Observer, March 11, 2011

Jackie Majerus, “Native Artist Plays With Words” The Bristol Press, March 19, 2010

Mike Chaiken, “Unconventional Art gets Local Showcase” The Bristol Observer, March 19, 2010


• Sharon L. Butler/ Two Coats of Paint: Visual Arts Intern/ Blog Contributor/Contributing Writer

• CT ArtList: Contributor/Correspondent/ Moral Support/Co-Editor

• Hammered + Nailed: An Open Call to Creativity: Co-Producer

• David Horvitz and Mylinh Trieu Nguyen/ ASDF: Visual Arts Intern

• Adam (Sam Brown) and Elizabeth Culbert: Visual Arts Intern


• Critical Conversation: Artist as Curator Panel Discussion, Melanie Carr Gallery, Essex, CT

• Hartford Art School Sculpture Department Visiting Alumni: Joe Bun Keo, University of Hartford, West Hartford, CT

• "Art is Work; Work is Art", Oxford College at Emory University, Atlanta, GA

• Professional Practices course guest speaker/lecturer, instructor: Carol Padberg, Hartford Art School Alumni Discussion Panel, Hartford Art School- Renee Samuels Center at the University of Hartford, West Harford, CT

• "Non-Traditional Art: Installations, Word Art and Minimal Art by Joe Bun Keo", Cheshire Art League at the Cheshire Senior Center, Cheshire, CT


“Under pressure: Q&A with Sheri Schwartz,” Two Coats of Paint blog edited by Sharon L. Butler, January 11, 2013

“Past, present, future: Q&A with Miguel Carter-Fisher,” Two Coats of Paint blog edited by Sharon L. Butler, December 21, 2012

“Thoroughly observed: Q&A with J.D. Richey,” Two Coats of Paint blog edited by Sharon L. Butler, December 14, 2012

“Post-apocalyptic aesthetic: Q&A with Matthew William Robinson,” Two Coats of Paint blog edited by Sharon L. Butler, December 4, 2012

“House party: Q&A with Derrick Quevedo,” Two Coats of Paint blog edited by Sharon L. Butler, November 27, 2012

“We never know what we don’t know: Q&A with Joyce Conlon,” Two Coats of Paint blog edited by Sharon L. Butler, November 21, 2012

“Beautiful beasts: Q&A with Jaclyn Conley,” Two Coats of Paint blog edited by Sharon L. Butler, November 14, 2012

“When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth: Q&A with Megan Marden, painter and creator of CT ArtList,” Two Coats of Paint blog edited by Sharon L. Butler, November 6, 2012

“A well-lit billboard is not public art: Q&A with Adam Niklewicz,” Two Coats of Paint blog edited by Sharon L. Butler, October 21, 2012

“Artist Interview: Beena Azeem,” Two Coats of Paint blog edited by Sharon L. Butler, September 30, 2012

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