Dennis Keeley

Department Chair, Undergraduate Photography and Imaging

Biography

Dennis Keeley is the chair of the undergraduate Photography and Imaging Department at ArtCenter and co-founder and publisher of Acuity Press. A graduate of the California Institute of the Arts, he has worked as an artist, photographer, teacher and writer for more than 25 years. He began his career in the field of music portraiture and worked with some of the most notable names in the recording industry. A documentary photographer for the Getty Conservation Institute, Keeley has also worked with clients such as Sony Music, Warner Bros. Records, Atlantic Records, Island Records, Capitol Records, The New York Times and Fujifilm.

An ArtCenter instructor since 2003, Keeley says, “Our track record is unmatched by any other institution. Over the past 50 years, our graduates have become some of the world’s most creative and successful photographers.” He has also taught at CalArts, Santa Fe Photographic Workshops and the University of California, Irvine.

His work has been exhibited in solo and group shows at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; and Getty Center for the History of Art and the Humanities. His book, Looking for a City in America: Down These Mean Streets a Man Must Go (Getty Publications), has won numerous awards. Publications which have featured his art and photography include Retrofuturism, Everyday Urbanism,
Urban Surprises and You Are Here.

On the board of the Angels Gate Cultural Center, Keeley has served as the Western regional co-chair of the Society for Photographic Education, board member of the Santa Fe Center for Photography and co-director of the Community Arts Partnership program for the Watts Towers Art Center. Since 2005, he has been a judge of The Music Center’s Spotlight Awards.