Keeley Haftner – Canadian b. 1985



School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), Chicago, IL: 2016

 Master of Fine Arts in Studio, Fiber and Material Studies Department

Mount Allison University (MTA), Sackville, NB: 2007-2011

 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Triple Major: Sculpture, Printmaking and Painting



Exhibitions (*indicates juried)




2017:  *Tesselescence (Struts), residency/exhibition, Struts Gallery Inc, Sackville, NB

2017:  limitless future, limited reflection, curated, Paris London Hong Kong, Chicago, IL

2017:  *Galleryfill (part of Reasonable Grounds), Third Space Gallery, St. John, NB

2014:  Potsherds, curated: Lucien Durey, HAUNT Gallery, Iceland

2014:  Potsherds, curated: Anitra Hamilton, Satchel Gallery, various locations

2013:  7 Propositions, the Vault Gallery, Bruno Arts Bank, Bruno, SK

2012:  Waste Warrior Women of the Post-Saskatchewan Apocalypse, Vault Gallery, Bruno Arts Bank, Bruno, SK

2011:  Becoming, for The Living Is Easy series, Struts Gallery, Sackville, NB




2018:  *(Untitled), curated: Danny Floyd, Chicago Artists Coalition, Chicago, IL

2017:  *In Your Head, curated: Meg Noe, Chicago Artists Coalition, Chicago, IL

2017:  *Property, Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society, Roman Susan, Chicago, IL

2017:  Drawing, curated: Randy Alexander, Randy Alexander Gallery, Chicago, IL

2017:  We need to talk…, Petzel Gallery, New York, NY

2017:  On the Far Side of the Marchlands, curated: Moreshin Allahyari & Daniel Rourke, Schering Stiftung, Berlin, DE

2017:  Plastic Rhymes, curated: Ali King, Estevan Art Gallery & Museum, Estevan, SK

2016:  *Occupation(s), Studio XX, Montréal, QC

2016:  Virtual Object, curated: by Frank Ragano and Mariannah Amster, form & concept, Santa Fe, NM
2016:  *150th Gala, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

2016:  MFA Show 2016, curated: Kelly Schindler, Sullivan Galleries, Chicago, IL

2016:  *A specific amalgam of spirit and dirt, essay: Chris Down, aka artist-run, Saskatoon, SK

2014-16:  *Repetition, with Ink Slab Printmakers, provincial touring (Saskatchewan)

2014:  Alumni Exhibition, Purdy Crawford Centre for the Arts, Sackville, NB

2014:  EYJA, SÍM Gallery, Reykjavík, Iceland

2013-16:  Under New Management, curated: Suzanne Carte and Su-Ying Lee, national touring (Canada)

2013:  RePRO:2014, curated: Kimberley Rush, Communication Art Gallery, Toronto, ON

2012:  PAL, Powwow, Seoul, South Korea

2012:  aka Members Show, curated: Lisa Baldissera, aka artist-run gallery, Saskatoon, SK

2011:  BMO 1st ART!, curated: by Dawn Cain, MOCCA Gallery in Toronto, ON

2010:  *The Archive and Everyday Life Visual and Media Arts Exhibition, Hamilton Artists Inc. Hamilton, ON


Public Works


2017:  *Galleryfill, Third Space Gallery, St. John, NB

2013:  *Found Compressions One and Two, Placemaker Program, Saskatoon, SK




2016-18:  *HATCH Projects, curated: (Cesáreo Moreno, Claude Isé, Franck Mercurio, Jennifer Scott), Chicago Artist Coalition, Chicago, IL

2017:  *Open Studio, Struts Gallery & Faucet Media Arts Centre, Sackville, NB

2015:  *Altered States with Claire Sherman & Valerie Hegarty, Ox-Bow, Saugatuck, MI

2014:  *SÍM Residency; Reykjavík, IS

2013:  *New Noise; Soi Fischer Thematic Residency; Artscape Gibraltar, Toronto, ON

2012:  Graven Feather Studio, Toronto, ON

2012:  *Ross Creek Centre for the Arts, Canning, NS

2012:  *Bruno Arts Bank, Bruno, SK

2011:  *Vermont Studio Centre, Johnson, VT




2017:  “Waste Patterns: Transforming Trash, Obsolescing, Tessellating, and Other
Related Complexities”, Artist Talk,
A Handmade Assembly, Sackville, NB

2017:  Artist Talk, Third Space gallery, Saint John, NB

2016:  “On Environment,” Artist Talk, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

2016:  “Artist-as-Curator,” Artist Talk, Gordon Snelgrove Gallery, Saskatoon, SK

2015“Closed-Loop 3D Printing,” Presentation, AASHE 2015 Conference and Expo: Transforming Sustainability Education, Minneapolis, MN

2015:  “Ideas on Making, Materials, and Creative Process,” Haystack Mountain Conference, Deer Isle, ME

2010:  “The Archive and Everyday Life,” John Douglas Taylor Conference, Hamilton, ON




2016:  Closed Loop 3D Printing, Concordia University, Montréal, QC

2016:  Closed Loop 3D Printing, (Keeley Haftner and Will McFadden), Hack Arts Lab, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL


Festivals/Events (*indicates juried)


2017:  A Handmade Assembly, Struts Gallery Inc, Sackville, NB

2017:  *Photophobia, (Super Vague), Hamilton Artists Inc, Hamilton, ON

2017:  Transmediale (Ever Elusive: 30 Years of Transmediale), Berlin, DE

2016:  *Currents: The Santa Fe International New Media Festival, Santa Fe, NM

2013:  *King Street Alt Film Festival, Toronto, ON

2012:  Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, curated: by Shauna McCabe, independent project, Graven Feather Studio, Toronto, ON

2012:  *ARTwalk, aka artist-run, Saskatoon, SK

2010:  15th Annual Symposium of Art: To Face the World On My Own Again, independent performance, Sackville, NB

2010:  *OK, Quoi?! Contemporary Arts Festival, independent performance, Sackville Music Hall, Sackville, NB

2009:  14th Annual Symposium of Art: You Gave Me Strength to Stand Alone Again, independent performance, Sackville, NB


Curatorial Projects (*indicates juried)


2017:  What Is?, (Tammi Campbell, Felipe Steinberg, Karen Reimer, Ai Weiwei*) Public Access, Chicago, IL

2016:  Digital Dark, (Heather Dewey-Hagborg, !Meddiengruppe Bitnik, Damon Zucconi, Cybertwee), essay: Veronica Sines, Public Access, Chicago, IL

2016:  *A specific amalgam of spirit and dirt, (Ben Reeves, Sean Weisgerber, Ambera Wellmann, Keeley Haftner), aka artist-run, Saskatoon, SK

2014:  Street Meet (Akos (Corey Bulpitt): BC, Shelley Miller: QC, Robyn Love: NFL, David LaRiviere: SK, Dex Fernendez: Philippines), Saskatoon, SK

2013:  Street Meet (Indigo (Shallom Johnson): BC, Sirvis (Sean Fawcett): SK, Laura Hale: SK, Roadsworth (Peter Gibson): QC), Saskatoon, SK

Selected Grants and Awards


2017:  Jeu de Paume, Paris, FR

2017:  Schering Foundation, Berlin, DE

2015-16:  Arts, Science & Culture Collaboration Initiative Grant, Chicago, IL

2015:  SAIC Second Year International Grad Scholarship, Chicago, IL

2015:  SAIC Graduate Studies Travel Grant, Chicago, IL

2015:  Fiber and Material Studies Haystack Conference Fellowship, Chicago, IL

2015:  Ox-Bow Merit Scholarship, Saugatuck, MI

2014:  SaskFestivals Project Grant, Saskatoon, SK

2013-14:  Placemaker Program, Saskatoon, SK

2013:  SaskCulture Capacity Building Grant (in partnership with aka artist-run centre), Saskatoon, SK

2013:  Winter 2013 Member's Production Fund, PAVED Arts, Saskatoon, SK

2012:  Saskatchewan Arts Board Travel Grant, Regina, SK

2011:  New Brunswick winner of BMO Financial Group’s 1st Art! Invitational Student Art Competition, Toronto, ON

2011:  Fine Art Departmental Award, Mount Allison University, Sackville, NB

2010/11:  Marjorie Young Bell Fine Art and Music Award, Sackville, NB

2010/11:  John P. Asimakos Award in Painting, Sackville, NB

2010:  Crake Junior Research Fellowship, Sackville, NB

2008-10:  J.E.A. Crake Foundation Scholarship, Sackville, NB

2008-09:  Mary K McKean Scholarship, Sackville, NB

2007-11:  University Scholarship (Dean’s List), Sackville, NB

2007:  E.B. Pulford Scholarship (Top Incoming B.F.A. Portfolio), Sackville, NB


Selected Writings/Publications


Haftner, Keeley, et al. What Is?, ed./essay: “Untruthful Material,” Chicago, USA, 2017.

Haftner, Keeley. “Appreciating the Weirdness: An Interview with Ina Blom” Bad at Sports (July 25, 2017). <>

Haftner, Keeley. "Taking the Line for a Walk: Interview with Piers Secunda" Bad at Sports (May 3, 2017). <>

Haftner, Keeley. “Through Either Side: Interview with Simon Anderson.” Bad at Sports. (April 12, 2017). <>.

Haftner, Keeley. “Active Sorrow: Interview with Morehshin Allahyari.” Bad at Sports.  (March 1, 2017). <>.

Haftner, Keeley. “Digital Dark,” Public Access 18 Feb 2017 ed.

Allahyari, Moreshin et al., The 3D Additivist Cookbook, Amsterdam, NL: The Institute of Network Cultures, 2016, p. 247-252 ed.