About visual artist Keeley Haftner


Keeley Haftner (b. 1985) is a Canadian artist whose sculpture deals with garbage as a material and as a philosophic construct. Her work has been exhibited internationally in the US, Canada, and Europe at venues including Currents International New Media Festival (Santa Fe), MOCA (Toronto), Studio XX (Montréal), SÍM (Iceland), Schering Stiftung (Berlin), and the Art Institute of Chicago. She received her BFA in 2011 from Mount Allison University (MTA) and her MFA in 2016 from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) in Fiber and Material Studies.

Haftner has received various grants, awards, public commissions, and residencies from organizations including the Vermont Studio Center, Ox-Bow, the Placemaker Program, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, BMO Financial Group’s 1st Art! Art Competition, and the Arts, Science & Culture Initiative Collaboration Grant. She has given workshops and talks at galleries, universities, conferences and festivals including Transmediale (Berlin), AASHE (Minneapolis), Concordia University (Milieux Institute), and University of Chicago (Hack Arts Lab), among others. Haftner is one of the curators and founders of Public Access gallery (Chicago), and one of three contributors for Bad at Sports’ THINKS to Think. Recent publications include the 3D Additivist Cookbook (2016) by Morehshin Allahyari and Daniel Rourke and What Is? (2017) with essays by Michael Golec and Hannah Pivo. She is a current resident in HATCH Projects at the Chicago Artist Coalition, and is listed as Canadian Art Magazine’s top exhibition to see in 2017.


Contact: keeleyhaftner (at) gmail (dot) com