Keith A. Barker, M.F.A. – Asbury University
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Professor of Photography

Department: Art & Design

Office: McCreless 204A

Phone Extension: 2373

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Biographical Information

Keith A. Barker photographs people, places and moments that allow for an appreciation of history as well as an acknowledgement of the present. His work explores people and places that point toward stories and universal realities of life, featuring his hometown as well as locations abroad. He has also photographed in locations of spiritual significance around Kentucky, such as Cane Ridge and the Abbey of Gethsemani. Keith received his Master of Fine Arts from Savannah College of Art and Design (2000), currently teaches Photography, and chairs the Art & Design Department at Asbury University in Wilmore, Kentucky, where he lives with his wife and three children.

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  • Master of Fine Arts | Photography. Savannah College of Art & Design. Aug., 2000.
  • Bachelor of Arts | Art, Photography emphasis. Asbury College, Wilmore, KY. May, 1991.

Courses TaughtGreece, 2014 © Keith A. Barker

  • Introduction to Photography [ART266]
  • Photography 2 Black and White Craft [ART340]
  • Photography 3 Digital Imaging [ART406]
  • Directed Studies [ART492]
  • Senior Seminar [ART475]
  • Internships [ART435]

Professional Experience

Professor of Photography. Currently serving as Department Chair. Awarded tenure status in 2009 and Full Professor in 2014. 2000–present. | Asbury University.

Commercial Photographer In-studio and on location projects involving groups and individuals; event coverage, and institutional publicity. 1991–present.

Photographer, Designer Assistant Director of Communications in Photography and Electronic Publishing. Generated photographic images (film and digital) for hundreds of design projects, and saw many from conception to completion. 1999–2000. | Asbury Theological Seminary Communications Department.

Selected Exhibition RecordBahamas ©2014 Keith A Barker


First Fruits – Group show to travel beginning Fall, 2017. Juried by Joel Sheesley (Wheaton College).

Here & Now – Group exhibit organized by Lexington Art League featuring work selected from among 200 regional artists listed in the LAL’s “Artist Archive” Lexington, KY. Sept – November 2015.

Between the Shadow and the Light – group exhibition including work generated by participants selected for R5 Visual Arts Seminar and Studio in South Africa. Exhibit travels to venues across North America from 2014 through 2017.

Process : Effect : Reconsider. Spot5 Gallery, Louisville, KY. 2013

Revelations: Interrogating the Sacred. Saint Xavier University Gallery/Beverly Art Center, Chicago, IL. Juried selection. 2013

Tributaries. Z.T. Johnson Gallery, Asbury University. Invitational Exhibit. 2013.

New Beginnings. Z.T. Johnson Gallery, Asbury University. Invitational Exhibit. 2012.

Matter Matters. Z.T. Johnson Gallery, Asbury University. Invitational Exhibit. 2011.

Presence. Asbury College Z.T. Johnson Gallery. Invitational Exhibit. 2010.

CIVA 2009 Biennial Conference Invitational. 2009.

Visual Dialogue. Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government Building. Juried Selection. Lexington, KY. 2009.


Inventory of Wonders

  • Asbury University Gallery, Wilmore, KY. 2016
  • Apostles Anglican Church Gallery, Lexington, KY. 2016.

Town: a portrait.

  • Wilmore City Hall, Wilmore, KY. 2012–2013
  • Asbury University Gallery, Wilmore, KY. 2012

Sacred Spaces in Central Kentucky.

  • Apostles Anglican Church Gallery, Lexington, KY. 2012.
  • Georgetown College Cochenour Gallery, Georgetown, KY. 2009.
  • Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, KY. 2012 and 2009.
  • Asbury College Kinlaw Library Gallery. 2007.

French Selections: Paris & The Loire Valley. Asbury College McCreless Gallery. 2008.

Advent. St Patrick’s Church, Lexington, KY. 2005.

Selected Honors, Awards & AccomplishmentsGreece, 2014 ©Keith A Barker

Curator. Making Good[s]. Group Exhibit of six US artists paired with entrepreneurs to produce and exhibit artwork made about business ventures. Traveling exhibit. 2016.

Full Professor. Asbury University. 2014.

Sabbatical leave awarded. Asbury University. 2014.

R5: A Visual Arts Seminar and Studio in South Africa – Traveling exhibition of work followed two-week traveling seminar in Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa. Juried selection. June, 2013.

Tenure Status. Asbury University. 2009.

Publication, Collections & Writings

  • Somewhere Else. Article and photographs published in SEEN Journal of CIVA. June, 2014.
  • Somewhere Else: South Africa. Self-published book of photographs and essay. 2013.
  • Town: a portrait. Self-published book. 2013.
  • Edition of one hundred prints distributed as gifts to board members and constituents. CIVA 2009.
  • Saint Joseph’s Jessamine Ambulatory Center. Juried selection for permanent collection. Nicholasville, KY. 2008.
  • Doing Time in Sacred Spaces. CIVASeen Magazine. Fall, 2008.
  • Seeing Rightly: The Arts and Spiritual Vitality. Asbury Collegian article. 2007
  • University of Kentucky’s Gatton College of Business & Economics. Photography for various public relations publications and web site imagery. 2006–2009.
  • Principle photography for various advertisements, promotional advancement and admissions publications. Asbury Theological Seminary. 1999–2005.
  • Jessamine County Public Library. Permanent Collection. 2004.
  • Silverworks. Savannah College of Art and Design Photography Department showcase publication. 1997 and 1999.
  • The Georgia Guardian. Weekly newspaper serving the greater Chatham County. 1996 – 1997.


  • Vocation & The Arts. Co-presenter for Scholars and Critics Track, Christians in the Visual Arts 2009 Biennial Conference. Bethel University, St Paul, MN. 2009.
  • Sacred Spaces in Central Kentucky. Georgetown College, Georgetown, KY. 2009.
  • Life Through the Viewfinder: Beyond the Basics. Presenter and Juror at Photography Workshop. Pennyrile State Park, Dawson Springs, KY. 2008.
  • Sacred Spaces in Central Kentucky. Chapel message to student body. 2007.
  • Sacred Spaces in Central Kentucky. Christians in the Visual Arts National Convention. 2007.
  • Visual Arts & The Church. Panelist. Asbury Theological Seminary. 2006.
  • Advent. St Patrick’s Church, Lexington, KY. 2005.
  • Photography: The State of the Art. Faculty presentation. Asbury College. 2006.
  • Photography and the Revelation of Our Personal Histories. Faculty presentation. Asbury College. 2003.

References and additional information are available upon request.


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