Image courtesy of Ellie Richards
Keith Kaziak is an artist, educator, curator, and community art advocate. He received his BFA from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in 2004 and an MA-Art from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2021. Kaziak is currently pursuing an MFA degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as an Interdisciplinary Artist Research Cohort Fellow.
He is an active board member of the Stevens Point Sculpture Park where he serves on the programing, grant-writing, and grounds committees. As a sculptor and iron caster, Kaziak has organized and participated in numerous iron pours and community building projects throughout the Midwest. He has also participated and exhibited at the International Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron Art (Ironbridge, England) and at the National Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron Art and Practices (Sloss Furnaces, Birmingham, AL).
Kaziak actively exhibits his work nationally and overseas, including most recently at The Backspace Gallery, Madison, WI (solo 2021); The Quad City Art Center, Rock Island, IL (solo 2021); Real Tinsel, Milwaukee, WI (invited 2019); The Phipps Center for the Arts, Hudson, WI (solo 2019); The Pool Art Center, Drury University, Springfield, MO (juried, 2019); Quarter Gallery, U of M, Minneapolis, MN (invited group 2019); The Trout Museum of Art, Appleton, WI (invited solo 2019); CICA, Gimpo-si, South Korea (juried 2019); DeVos Art Museum, Northern Michigan University, Marquette, MI (juried 2018), and Ground Floor Contemporary, Birmingham, AL (invited 2017). He has had work included in Sculpture Valley's ACRE of ART public sculpture exhibition in Appleton, WI (2018-2020), as well as Wayne State College, Wayne, NE (2018-2019). In 2021 his sculpture home, was purchased by Sculpture Valley for their permanent collection.
He was recently selected as one of the International Sculpture Center's 2021 Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award recipients. Other awards include the William J. Wartmann Graduate Sculpture Scholarship-UW-Madison Department of Art 2021, the Bridge Scholarship-UW-Madison School of Education 2020, a Creative Dissemination Award-UW-Stevens Point Office of Research and Sponsored Programs 2017, 2019, and the Interdisciplinary Artist Research Cohort Fellowship-UW-Madison School of Education and Department of Art 2019, 2020, and 2021.