Harold Emerson Keeler Biography

Harold Emerson Keeler




Printmaker Harold Keeler was born in Denver, Colorado on October 9, 1905. He began his formal fine arts studies at both the University of Colorado and at the Chicago Art Institute from 1928 to 1931. After moving to Denver in 1932, he worked as a freelance lithographer in addition to making his own prints, and in 1934 was employed by the Denver Art Museum as a Print Researcher, focusing on Albrecht Durer's woodcuts. He was Supervisor of the Colorado WPA Block Print Project from 1936 to 1937, during which time he printed several portfolios of multiple artists' works alongside fellow printmaker William Traher. From 1937 to 1940 he worked independently and taught at the Denver High School.

Keeler moved to Seattle, Washington in July of 1942, taking a job at the Boeing Company as an engineering artist and offset lithographer. He continued to work in Seattle and received a Ford Foundation Fellowship in 1961 at the Tamarind Lithographic Workshop in Los Angeles. There he worked on several independent and collaborative projects, helping to establish the burgeoning workshop as a magnet for experimental lithography. After returning to Seattle in 1962, Keeler worked at the Burke Museum. He also printed Mark Tobey's lithograph "Urban Renewal" in 1963 for Tobey's original book, "The World Of The Market".

Harold Emerson Keeler died in Seattle, Washington on June 7, 1968.

Keeler exhibited in numerous national exhibitions including: Art Institute of Chicago, 1932, 1934 and 1938; Library of Congress, 1935; Whitney Museum, 1942; National Academy of Design, 1943; the 1st National Print Annual, Brooklyn Museum, 1947. He exhibited continuously with the Northwest Printmakers exhibitions from the 1940s through the 1960s and had a two- person exhibit with his wife, Lois Keeler, in 1937 at the Seattle Art Museum.

Collections holding his work include: U.S. Library of Congress; University of Washington, Special Collections; Wolfsonian Museum, Miami.