Keith Lemley

Artist Biography

Keith Lemley is a sculptor and installation artist who creates immersive environments of objects and light. He received his MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2010. Lemley’s work has been shown extensively nationally and internationally in solo exhibitions at venues including Mixed Greens (NYC); The Sculpture Center (Cleveland, OH); 1708 Gallery (Richmond, VA); The Soap Factory (Minneapolis, MN); the Urban Institute for Contemporary Art (Grand Rapids, MI); Summerhall (Edinburgh, United Kingdom); Smith Center for the Arts (Providence, RI); and Pittsburgh Center for the Arts (Pittsburgh, PA). Group exhibition venues include the Museum of Modern Art (NYC); Family Business (NYC); Dowd Gallery (Cortland, NY); Glazenhuis National Museum (Lommel, Belgium); Dubuque Museum of Art (Dubuque, IA); and the Dishman Art Museum (Beaumont, TX). He recently completed a commission for the lobby of the W Las Vegas and splits his time between Core, WV, and Kent, OH.

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Artist Statement

Much of my recent work combines geometric objects with light and architecture in immersive installations. I am interested in current scientific research that connects disparate parts of the universe through underlying geometry; the idea that there is a unifying structure that unites all thought and matter, past and present, is compelling to me. Carving wood, for example, is a way of revealing an underlying architecture that was already there. More captivating than the actual geometric theories is the process of experimentation and discovery shared by scientists and artists alike. I am intrigued by the next set of questions each installation poses and the challenge of uniting materials, light, and architecture within each body of work.
My influences range from modernist design, architecture, and industry to the light, space, and time movements of the 60s through today. Through my work, I probe ideologies of utopian hope and human innovation. Ultimately, I want viewers to walk away thinking about everyday materials and encounters in new ways.

Douglas Max Utter, “Keith Lemley and Christy Wittmer at the Sculpture Center,” CAN Journal, February, 2017, Cleveland, OH

Mick Tan, “Gensler leads transformation of SLS Las Vegas tower into W Las Vegas,” Hotel Management, January 3, 2017, Newton, MA

W Debuts in Las Vegas,” Boutique Design, December 2, 2016, New York, NY

Eunji Sylvia Kim, “Keith Lemley,” The International Magazine of Space Design, December 1, 2015, Seoul, South Korea. 112-117

Danielle Krysa, “Keith Lemley,” The Jealous Curator, October 9, 2015, Vancouver, Canada

MASS MoCA’s Tumblr, Featured image, “The Woods,” October 9, 2015, Boston, MA

New Glass Review 36, The Corning Museum of Glass, May, 2015, Corning, NY

Jade Moyano, “Keith Lemley’s Arboreal Series,” Trendland, May 22, 2015

Leah Constantine, “Encountering the Invisible Presence: Keith Lemley,” Adhoc, May 5, 2015

Artsy, Featured image for Dallas Art Fair, April, 2015 (

M.K.G. Art Management, Featured artist for Dallas Art Fair, M.K.G. Newsletter, April 9, 2015

Leah Constantine, “10 Artists You Can’t Miss at the Dallas Art Fair,” Adhoc, April 4, 2015

Nara Shin, “Keith Lemley: Arboreal,” Cool Hunting, February 19, 2015

The Editors of Art News, “9 Art Events to Attend in New York City This Week”, Art News, February 16, 2015


Lissa Brennan, “At Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, installations by Keith Lemley and Meghan Olsen play off one
       another,” Pittsburgh City Paper, April 9, 2014, Pittsburgh, PA

Mariana Valenca, “Interview with Keith Lemley,” Design Gallerist, February 28, 2013, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Heather Darcy Bhandari, “Studio Visit: Keith Lemley,” The Pit / Mixed Greens, February 5, 2013, New York, NY

Suzanne Volmer, “Keith Lemley: Dreams of an Ideal,” Artscope Magazine, January/February Issue, 2013, Quincy, MA

Meghan Young, “Artist Keith Lemley Interprets What Goes Unseen in the World,” Trend Hunter Art and Design, January 18, 2013, Toronto, Canada

Amanda Jakubik, “Sculptures by Keith Lemley,” Trendland, January 17, 2013, New York, NY

Tumblr Radar, Featured image of the day, selected by Tumblr editorial staff, June 5, 2012

Elizabeth Pandolfi, “Neon Cowboy: Sculptor Keith Lemley works with glass and glowing gas,” Charleston City Paper, Vol. 15, Issue 24, January 25, 2012, Charleston, SC

OCW Magazine, “Keith Lemley Luma”, OCW Arts Foundation, Vancouver, BC, Canada, July 2011

Lily Simonson, “Curators Gone Viral: “Chain Letter” at Shoshana Wayne”, Art21 Blog, July 28, 2011

New Glass Review 32, The Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY, Spring 2011

Laura Parsons, “Supra-natural: Imposing Ourselves on Art and the Natural World,” The Warhol Project, Richmond, VA, March, 2011

Christopher Jobson, “Keith Lemley: Something and Nothing”, Colossal Art & Design, March 2011