Helena Keeffe

Helena Keeffe makes artworks based in situations and exchanges via collecting oral histories; producing publications; organizing public events; and conducting workshops. Her work often brings art to audiences outside of museums and galleries and creates unlikely hybrids between art and everyday life, such as: hospital uniforms and linens designed in collaboration with patients; city bus route maps annotated with drivers’ portraits and anecdotes; and a twelve course meal for twelve people based on their family immigration stories. Keeffe is the recipient of a Creative Work Fund grant and has created site specific works in diverse contexts including city buses, abandoned phone booths, San Francisco’s Market Street, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Laguna Honda Hospital, downtown San Jose, the Oakland Museum of California, and the New Children’s Museum in San Diego. Keeffe received her BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 2000 and is currently pursuing an MFA at UC Berkeley.