Barry O’Keefe

  • Adjunct Faculty
  • MFA, Ohio University
okeefebw@vcu.edu

Barry O’Keefe is an artist from Richmond, Virginia working in printmaking, book arts, and public art. In 2016, he received an MFA in printmaking from Ohio University. Thematically, his work engages with cultural amnesia, neglected public spaces, and the design of the contemporary landscape.

In 2015, his artist’s book on the invisible history of slavery in Richmond’s landscape was collected by UCLA, the University of Washington and Ohio University. In 2016 he transformed a derelict boxcar into a mobile mural and performance stage for a national music festival. In 2017, Open Inbox, his series of functional public sculptures was installed in Richmond’s parks in partnership with Richmond’s Public Arts Commission.

His work has been exhibited in five countries and seven states and can be found in many private and public collections, including the Valentine Museum, the Black History Museum of Virginia, and the Library of Virginia.