Areas taught: Art History, Ceramics, and Printmaking
Fine Arts Building Room 106
Keaton, originally from St. Louis, MO, is responsible for teaching both Art History and Ceramics. Keaton earned his BFA in Ceramics at Missouri State University his MFA in Ceramics from Kent State University and an MA in Art History from Virginia Commonwealth University. Keaton works as a practicing artist exhibiting widely in regional, national and international exhibitions. In recent years he has directed study abroad programs to both China and Africa. Keaton has been awarded numerous grants, while at GSW he has twice received a Distinguished Professor Grant a Faculty Development Grant and was also awarded the William B. King Family Endowment Grant to participate in an international ceramics conference in Jingdezhen, China. Keaton also received the 2009-2010 President’s Award for Excellence in Service and has twice served on the Faculty Senate. His research interests include the history of Craft and Craft theory, as well as the impact of theory on contemporary art. Keaton has given workshops and presentations nationally and internationally and was recently a Visiting Scholar at the Xi’an Academy of Fine Art in Xi’an China. Since the Fall of 2012 Keaton has been the Creative Director of the Dunhuang Creative Center established at Lanzhou City University where he teaches each summer and serves as a Professor of Art. His research into the use of indigenous materials for ceramic production is being funded by the Gansu Provincial Government and he has been given official status as a Foreign Expert. Keaton also currently serves as the President of the Americus and Sumter County Arts Council.