ABOUT
Christine McKee
Art by Christine McKee
Bio
Christine McKee has a BS in biology,  a MS  in Fisheries Science, and five years of fine art studies with a focus on  the human form, in drawing, painting, and printmaking. Her medium of choice in recent years has been acrylic,  now being supplemented with mixed media and collage. 
Participating in the Arts Council of Kern's Creating Community residence program from 2010-2011 brought about a change in her focus as she was involved in creating exhibits that revolved around local social issues. The topics included water issues facing California, problems of the community concerning literacy, and lastly substance abuse.  She gained immense fulfillment from creating pieces that informed the viewer on a specific topic.  This combined with the positive feedback made her efforts personally satisfying.
 She continued in the same vein for her solo show "On the Homefront-Military Families".​ This exhibit focused on some of the many difficulties those in the military and their families face on a regular basis.  
Using acrylic and mixed media, her recent work brings together her science and art backgrounds, centering on environmental topics. As a graduate student at the University of Arizona, she dried algae collected on the reefs of La Jolla, California. In her latest series she uses photo transfers of these algae and incorporates them into abstract paintings. She brings to light the importance of algae that produces the bulk of our earth's oxygen in our rapidly changing marine environment.

  
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Exhibitions

Solo​​​

2017   Ashton Gallery, San Diego
            Featured Artist
2014   Metro Galleries, Bakersfield 
            "Fully  Present"
2012   Metro Galleries, Bakersfield
            "On the Homefront"
2007   Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
             Portland Oregon
             "Inner Spaces"
2001    Wasco Festival of Roses
             Wasco, California
             Featured Artist
2001    Spotlight Theatre, Bakersfield
             Featured Artist
             

Selected​​​ Group Exhibitions

2017   Ashton Gallery, San Diego
            "New Years Show"
2016   Escondido Municipal Gallery
            Escondido 
            "One Foot, Two Foot"
2015   Oceanside Museum of Art
             Art Auction Exhibition
2014   Community Action Partnership
            Bakersfield
            "Faces of Hunger"
2012   Younger Gallery, Bakersfield 
             Arts Council of Kern
             "Inspired by Music"
2011   Valencia Town Center
            Santa Clarita
            Santa Clarita  Arts Commission 
            "Highwire Act:
            Insights into Substance Abuse"
2011   Todd Madigan Gallery, CSUB
            Arts Council of Kern
            "Highwire Act:
            Insights into Substance Abuse"
2011   Metro Galleries, Bakersfield
            "Chronicles:
            Transitions through Time"
2011   Padre Hotel, Bakersfield
            Arts Council of Kern
            "conTEXTual:
            a show about literacy"
2010   Arts Council of Kern Center for
            the Arts, Bakersfield
            "Ebb and Flow:
            Kern's Vanishing Water"
2010   Bakersfield Museum of Art
            Eye Gallery
2005   Sherman Oaks Hospital
            Foundation
            Arts Festival, Los Angeles
2003   Arts Council of Kern, Bakersfield
            "Essence of Time"
2003   Jill Thayer Galleries, Bakersfield
            "The Art Among Us" 
2003   Maestri Gallery, Bakersfield
            "Visual Rhythm"
2002   Arts Council of Kern
            Co-featured Artist
2001   Spotlight Theatre, Bakersfield
            "Les Femmes Artists"
2001   Bakersfield Museum of Art
            "La Fiesta de las Flores"
          
              

Juried Shows

2019   Cannon Art Gallery, Carlsbad
            2019 Juried Biennial
2019   Sparks Gallery, San Diego
            Oceanside Museum of Art 
            Artist Alliance Group Show
2018   Ashton Gallery, San Diego
            "Going Green"
2017   Ashton Gallery, San Diego
            "Summer in the City"       
2016   San Diego Art Institute
            Southern California/Baja
            Biennial Exhibition
2015   Ashton Gallery, San Diego 
            National Juried Show
            "Just Sayin'"
2015   Carlsbad-Oceanside Art League
            Annual Juried Show
2013   Women's Caucus for the Arts
            Phoenix Gallery,New York, NY
            "Stories We Tell"
2013   Women's Caucus for the Arts
            State Street Gallery,
            Robert Morris University
            Chicago, IL.
            "Water: A Universal Right"
2013   UniteWomen.org
            online exhibition
            "Women's Rights:
            An Artist's Perspective"
2010   Arts Council of Kern
            Kaiser Permanente
            "Thrive"
2005   Bakersfield  Museum of Art
            Visual Arts Festival
2002   Bakersfield Art Association
2001   Bakersfield Museum of Art 
            Visual Arts Festival​ 

Awards

2017   Honorable Mention
            Ashton Gallery, San Diego
2003   First Place
            Arts Council of Kern
            Juried Show
2001   Honorable Mention 
            Bakersfield Art Association
            Juried Show 

Corporate Collections

The Allen Group, Visalia
Kaiser Permanente

Related Professional Experience

2011   Arts Council of Kern Creating Community project- Collaboration with four other artists and various non-profit groups culminating in three exhibitions designed to bring awareness of pertinent topics to the community.

2010   Arts Council of Kern Outside In Workshop-Mentored artists with developmental disabilities.

Education

Bakersfield College, Bakersfield, CA
Series of over 20 art classes 1993-2001

MS Fisheries Science, University of Arizona
Tucson, Arizona

BA Biology, University of New York at Plattsburgh
Plattsburgh, NY