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Sally Baker Keller Artist Biography:
SALLY BAKER KELLER has been painting portraits and studying art since her childhood in Minnesota. She was a Fine Arts Major at the University of Denver and later attended figure drawing and portait classes at the American Academy of Art in Chicago, the Evanston Art Center and the Studios on Florence, in Evanson. She has exhibited and won awards in various local and national art shows, including the National Artist’s Seminar, the Woman’s Club of Evanston, the Lake County Art League, and the Midwest Pastel Society’s national juried shows, where she was among the first artists to be awarded that group’s Signature Membership.
Working in various media, including Pastel, Oil, Colored Pencil, Charcoal and Graphite, Sally strives to achieve her subject’s likeness in a painterly composition. Her lifelong interest in portraiture stems from a deep appreciation for the uniquness and dignity of the individual, whose qualities she endeavors to portay in her work. She has also expanded her creative horizons and is currently exploring the brightly colored world of the Abstract Colorists with her mixed media paintings on synthetic paper.
In July 2002, Sally was commissioned by United Airlines to create 18 individual graphite portraits of the UAL employess who were tragically lost in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The drawings were part of a memorial tribute which was on display during September 2002 at United’s world headquarters in Elk Grove Township. Following the exhibit, United presented the portraits to the victim’s families.
In February/March 2003, she had a solo exhibit at the Lake County Discovery Museum in Wauconda, Illinois. She has also participated in several exhibits at the College of Lake County’s Robert T. Wright Community Gallery, including the annual members’ exhibits and the “Recent Works” juried shows.
In 2007, Sally was among a select group of artists chosen from over 1,200 applicants in a nationwide competition sponsored by Norhtwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. Her commissioned painting now hangs in the new Prentice Women’s Hospital, which opened in October 2007.
As an ongoing project since the summer of 2008, Sally has completed 10 portaits of honored Distinguished Scientists for Baxter International, Inc. These portraits are on permanment display at Baxter’s Scientific research and Development facility in Round Lake, Illinois.
During the summer of 2010, Western Union commissioned her to create a “nostalgia” painting for their retiring CEO.
The artist and her husband live in Gurnee, Illinois. She participates in many local art shows and festivals, and she is active in various local artists’ groups. Her artwork can be found in several private and corporate collections.