Keeley Haftner (b. 1985) is a Canadian artist based in the Netherlands whose sculpture deals with garbage as a material and as a philosophical construct. Haftner’s 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 HATCH Projects at the Chicago Artist Coalition, Struts & Faucet Media Arts Centre, Vermont Studio Center, Ox-Bow, the Placemaker Program, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, BMO Financial Group’s 1st Art! Art Competition, and the University of Chicago’s 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 Open Engagement at the Queen’s Museum (NYC), among others. Selected 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. Haftner is one of the curators and founders of Public Access gallery (Chicago), and a contributor for Bad at Sports’ THINKS to Think. She is a current recipient of the Canada Council for the Arts Research and Creation Grant.
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