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Keith Garubba

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Keith Garubba creates abstract visual artworks that restage and reinvent iconic symbols, charging them with mythic meaning, making works to ignite deeply-felt daydreams. He was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania in 1987 and grew up surrounded by brothers and friends who loved to collaborate creating comics and videos. He fell in love with storytelling, and drawing became his voice. At Keystone College he studied visual arts, meeting mentors who inspired his curiosity and gave him a foundation of principles and craft. He graduated from Keystone College as the Outstanding Graduate in 2010. In 2014, he earned his Masters of Fine Arts from The Ohio State University, where his mind was opened to contemporary ways of working and ideas that would fuel work for years. Garubba returned to Pennsylvania that year, where he built his studio and began working in the Lehigh Valley, creating his artwork and teaching art in all contexts and all ages. He was awarded the Arts Ovation Award as Emerging Artist of the Year by the Allentown Arts Commission in 2016; he felt he had a home-base for his art, and a community in which he could grow.

Garubba's artwork is exhibited regularly throughout the US. He holds leadership roles in regional arts organizations, and presently acts as President of the Printmakers Society of the Lehigh Valley. Visiting higher education institutions across the country as a visiting artist offering talks and workshops is one of his honors and joys. He is a resident artist at the Banana Factory in Bethlehem, where he holds a studio, participates in community activities, and teaches private lessons. Garubba continues to make work in glass, printmaking, paint, multimedia installations, and interactive performance.

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