Featured Artist


Keris Salmon

Grand Prize Award Recipient
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Keris Salmon
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Keris Salmon is based in Brooklyn , NY.

After a quarter century as an award- winning broadcast journalist at major networks including ABC, NBC, the National Geographic Channel and PBS, she has spent the past several years in a multi-media artistic practice focusing on family histories and their links to the present. We Have Made These Lands What They Are: The Architecture of Slavery was born out of a visit to a Tennessee tobacco plantation that until the late 20th century belonged to her husband’s ancestors and their descendants. That visit transformed her life.

Artist Statement

A former journalist and filmmaker, Iʼve spent the past five years documenting ante-bellum southern and Caribbean plantations and slave dwellings through text and image. As a journalist I am drawn to storytelling through words, and as a visual artist I respect the way an image can bring a text alive. As a filmmaker Iʼm refreshing the documentary form, working instead with still imagery. And as a black artist I aim in my process to explore the many significant links between my peoples' past and present. Another long-time feature of my practice also involves history. Cyanotype is a 19th Century photographic process that Iʼve adapted into my work on the slave economy.

A newer body of work in cyanotype, The Corona Greenhouse Blues, documents my time in isolation during the Covid-19 pandemic. Iʼve been making cyanotypes of the flora inside in anticipation of spring blooming here in New England, when I can concentrate on the natural world outdoors. Itʼs a way of visually chronicling this bizarre moment. I feel at this time a strong connection to plants, flowers and birds, as they bear a spirit of normalcy that is missing in other dimensions right now.

Career Highlights

Juror for International Print Center’s New Prints Exhibit, Fall 2019
Columbia-DuPont Awards Review Committee Juror - 2014-2016

Recent Press

Artsy. 4/4/19 “10 Must-See Artists at AIPAD’s Photography Show” Alina Cohen
Salon.com. 9/30/18. “Keris Salmon’s haunting canvases pair plantation photos and slave diaries” Keith A. Spencer.

Solo Exhibitions

November 2019, The Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, VA
Jun 2018, Minnesota Street Project, San Francisco
Feb 2018, Grace Cathedral, San Francisco
Feb 2018, Arnika Dawkins Gallery, Altanta
Oct  2017, Galerie Frank Elbaz, Paris, FR
Dec 2014, Josee Bienvenu Gallery, NYC

Artist’s Talks

February 2020, The Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, VA
November 2019, The Print Center, Philadelphia
May 2018, Lehman College, NY
May 2018, UC Santa Cruz, CA
Oct 2018, Original Thinkers Festival, Telluride CO
UC Berkeley Narrative Journalism Conference panelist and presenter October, 2016.

Selected Group Exhibitions

Summer 2019, Traywick Gallery, Berkeley, CA
April 2019 Pulled in Brooklyn, International Print Center, NYC
Dec 2018,  A Concentration of Power, Joost Van Den Bergh Gallery, London, UK
Oct 2018, Original Thinkers Festival, Telluride CO
Jun 2018, Emerging Visions: Creative Practice at the Nexus of Freedom and Justice,  Smith Gallery , Santa Cruz, CA
Oct 2017, What the World Needs Now, B-Complex Gallery, Atlanta
Jun 2017, Black and Brown People/White Problems SAMSON Projects, Boston
Oct 2016, Tell Me a Story, B-Complex Gallery, Atlanta
Feb 2015, The Migration, Arsenal Gallery, NYC
Feb 2014, Free for All, Space Gallery Portland ME
Mar 2012, Feast Your Eyes. Powerhouse Arena, BKNY

Smith College Museum of Art
Addison Gallery of American Art
Tennessee State Museum
Private collections: New York, Atlanta, Boston, San Francisco

Stanford University (BS ’81)

UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism (exMJ-85)

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