- “United We Quilt,” Permanent Online exhibition 2017-present
Features the quilted versions of the Reimagined American Flag Series I-III
- “Quiet,” Online exhibition, Linus Galleries, Los Angeles County, CA, February 15, 2017-present
One abstract is featured near the end of this exhibition: “Winter Green.” This is the exhibit’s abstract: Quiet. Stillness. The virtue of solitude. The listening to every detail in silence. Art that reminds us of our inner peace evokes the emotion of calm in us. In this call for entries we asked to see the artist’s Quiet. Namaste.
- “Unnatural Election: Artists Respond to the 2016 US Presidential Election,” Online exhibition, Nov. 2016-present
Curated by Andrea Arroyo, The Black Lives Matter flag is featured.
- “Vibrance,” Online exhibition, Linus Galleries, Los Angeles County, CA December 18, 2016-Present
Two of my abstract works are featured in this show: “Pulse” and “Crops”. This is the exhibit’s abstract: “Color gives us depth in our life. In this call for artist submissions we asked to see vibrant, colorful artwork with hues that are mesmerizing.”
- “Texture,” Online exhibition, Linus Galleries, Los Angeles County, CA, September 9, 2016-Present
One of my abstract works in green and red is featured in another online exhibition by Linus Galleries. This is the exhibit’s abstract: “Texture, the rich depth of the senses from visual, to touch, to emotional to spiritual, is something we’re drawn to as humans. It’s the grit that grabs us; the barrier that we cross over from physical to mental. Textured art is art that can either be three-dimensional or just feel that way. In this call to artists, we asked to see an artist’s take on texture; rich, luscious texture. Or just a hint of it.”
- “Americana,” Online exhibition, Linus Galleries, Los Angeles County, CA, August 22, 2016-Present
The Quilted versions of my All Lives Matter Flag and Black Lives Matter Flag were selected with the artwork of seven other artists for this online exhibition. This is the exhibition’s abstract: “Americana, a broad term, as in all things American. America is wide in experience, size and interpretation, in a small amount of history and yet, historically brilliant. In this open art call asked to see the artist’s interpretation of Americana. For everybody, America is something different. We want yours. Is it the Wild West? Is it the time of the American Revolution? The Cold War? The 60s? Is it the political realm, currently taking over the world? Is it the original Americans? Is it our abuses? Is it our triumphs? Is it our leaders? Or is it simply one American you admire? In this open art call we asked to see the artist’s interpretation of Americana.”
- “All In Due Time,” Online exhibition, Linus Galleries, Los Angeles County, CA, January 2016-Present
My All Lives Matter Flag and Black Lives Matter Flag were selected as 2 of 33 works of art by a total of 22 international artists for this online exhibition. This is the exhibition’s abstract: “As the end of the year approaches we tend to reflect on what has passed, what is happening and what has yet to come. Through the perspective of time, these reflections bring about mixed emotions concerning various aspects of our lives and/or the lives of others. There are various creative approaches to represent time, be it a series of images, a depiction of a significant moment or time represented in a metaphorical sense. In this call for submissions we were looking for an artistic characterization of time, in any of its tenses.”
- “Diversity of Humanity,” The Gallery at Paragon, Phoenixville, PA June 1-30
Featured quilted version of States of Being Series II: Diverse and oil version of States of Being Series IV: LBGTQ+
- “Piccolo chART-o-RAMA,” Avondale Therapy, Piccolo Spoleto Festival, Charleston, SC May 25-June 10
Featured piece “Daily Issue I: Homeless Voices of America”
- “Dialogues in Black and White,” The City Gallery, Piccolo Spoleto Festival, Charleston, SC May 25-June 9
Featured piece “I’m a Lot of Things and You?” for assigned theme on “Intersectionality.”
- “See My Voice,” Ross Art Museum, Quilt & Surface Design Symposium 2018, Delaware, Ohio May 18-June 29
Featured the machine-quilted Black Lives Matter! Flag
- “Guns: Loaded Conversations.” San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, San Jose, California April 22-July 15
Featured machine-quilted Don’t Lives Matter? Flag
- Part of the Studio Art Quilt Associates Member (SAQA) Art Traveling Exhibition
- Part of the Studio Art Quilt Associates Member (SAQA) Art Traveling Exhibition
- “States of Being II: Diverse,” painting at the U.S. Embassy of Croatia, Zagreb March 2018-present
- Webpage on the U.S. State Department’s Art in Embassies Program Website: https://art.state.gov/personnel/kelly_burke/
- “Uniting the States: Giving Form to a Vision of Unity,” Community Art Therapy Services Online Exhibition, Jan 1-Feb 2
The All Lives Matter Flag won Best of Show
- “Orange is the New Black,” Ashton Gallery, San Diego, California
October 21-November 18
Featured “Orange, White, and Black” won First Place, catalogue of the show online:
- “Kelly Burke’s New Artworks” Artist Solo Show, Howl, Baltimore, Maryland August 11-Sept 29
This solo artist show featured 11 new quilted animal portraits as well as five oils in my “States of Being” series.
- Maryland State Fair, Home Arts, Section A-Quilts, Hand Quilted or Machine Quilted Quilts, Baltimore, MD
Machine-quilted versions of the Don’t Lives Matter? Flag and States-of-Being series I-IX displayed August 24-Sept 6
The quilted DLM flag won a second place ribbon in the large-size quilts section and the quilted States-of-Being series I-IX was awarded a participation ribbon.
- “Unnatural Election Exhibit Alaska” August 4-Sept 1
This second showing is at the Out North gallery in Anchorage Alaska. The Black Lives Matter flag and States of Being series piece on “Women of the USA Unite!” are featured in it.
- “Thirty-ninth Annual Minnesota Quilters, Inc. Quilt Show,” Duluth, MN
Submitted quilted versions of my Don’t Lives Matter? flag and “States of Being” series in the non-judged category.
- “Art as Protest” Orange County Center for Contemporary Art (OCCCA), Santa Ana, CA, June 3-July 8, 2017
The ALM flag was selected for this exhibition. Exhibition statement: “The arc of history bends towards justice. Protest art just speeds things along. Protest art afflicts the comfortable, and comforts the afflicted. Protest art imagines a future free from the tyranny of ignorance and deprivation. As the late Carrie Fisher once said, ‘Take your broken heart and make it into art.’ In Art As Protest, beauty and truth march hand in hand. Packed with powerful provocations, protest art awakens the conscience of the world, celebrating diversity, tolerance and art’s ineluctable promise of happiness.”
- “Melanin Mosaics – Respect My Assets” Artist After Dark Series: Advocacy, Activism, & Artistry, Allen University Honors Program, Women’s History Month Committee, Columbia, South Carolina, March 22, 2017
Featured pieces from “States of Being” series, including “Women of the USA Unite”
- “We, the People” Fabulon: A Center for Art and Education, Charleston, South Carolina, March 4-30, 2017
The BLM and DLM flags were featured in this exhibition. Director’s statement: “As artists, we have the power to change the world and promote messages of peace and harmony. We have a responsibility to speak out against racism. Now more than ever it is time to lift our voices.”
- “Unnatural Election: Artists Respond to the 2016 US Presidential Election,” Kimmel Galleries, New York University Jan. 19-May 31, 2017
Features the BLM flag and the States of Being VII: Women in the USA Unite!
- “The Past Year in Perspective, II: The “States of Being” Series, Evergreen Café, Baltimore, Maryland, December 2-31, 2016
In this upcoming solo art show I plan to feature all new work over the past year.
- “This is What Democracy Looks Like!” TEXTure Gallery-Art Bar, Asheville, NC, Nov 8, 2016-Jan 31, 2017
The series of three quilted ALM, BLM, & DLM flags were included in this show in which “All works must be politically inspired visually and textually” in response to the election season.
- “Op-Ed” Juried by Dave Bellard, The Art League, Alexandria, VA, Oct 3-Nov 6, 2016
The third flag in the Reimagined American Flags series, “Don’t Lives Matter?,” has been selected for this show in which “Artists are encouraged to create statement pieces that will evoke a response.” The DLM flag was awarded an Honorable Mention out of 76 paintings.
- “Reimagined American Flags Series: All Lives Matter, Black Lives Matter, Don’t Lives Matter?” Penn State Abington, Abington, PA, August 31, 2016
All day exhibition of the three reimagined American flags in the student union. Journalists Linda Finarelli,
Montgomery News, and Regina Broscius, Penn State News, reviewed the show.
- Maryland State Fair, Home Arts, Section A-Quilts, Hand Quilted or Machine Quilted Quilts, Baltimore, MD, August 25-Sept 5, 2016
Machine-quilted versions of the ALM and BLM flags on display
The quilted ALM flag won the “Viewers’ Choice” award in the large-size quilts section.
- “Gotta Believe,“ with Rhinold Ponder, Arts Council of Princeton, Princeton, NJ, August 6, 2016
Exhibited new quilted versions of the ALM and BLM flags along with Rhinold Ponder’s artwork.
- “Art as Politics,” Touchstone Gallery, Washington, DC, August 5-24, 2016 The original oil painting of the Black Lives Matter flag was selected in this nationally juried exhibition of 127 works of art by 94 artists. This painting won third place overall and was featured in the East City Artnotes (August 11, 2016) and the Washington Post (August 12, 2016)
- “Thirty-eighth Annual Minnesota Quilters, Inc. Quilt Show,” St Cloud, MN, June 2016
Submitted quilted versions of my All Lives Matter and Black Lives Matter flags in the non-judged category. The quilted Black Lives Matter flag won a Faculty Choice Ribbon for best in the non-judged section.
- “From Fur to Feathers 7,” The Schuler School of Fine Arts, Baltimore, Maryland, April 2016
One of my dog portraits “Basking in the Sun” was selected for this seventh annual juried exhibition of animals in art.
- “National Arts Program at Johns Hopkins,” Baltimore, Maryland, April-May 2016The All Lives Matter Flag and Black Lives Matter Flag were exhibited in the show featuring 300 artists in the Turner Concourse building, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.
- “Artist After Dark Series: Advocacy, Activism, & Artistry,” Columbia, South Carolina, March 22, 2016
Sponsored by Allen University’s Honors Program, I spoke with students in their Honors seminar class about my political artwork. Later in the evening I gave a lecture inaugurating their Artist After Dark Series.
- “The Past Year in Perspective” Evergreen Café, Baltimore, Maryland, January 2016
In this solo art show, I featured my transition as an artist over the previous year from mainly doing animal portraits and abstracts to doing political-conceptual artwork in response to the Baltimore riots in April 2015.
- “Artistic Conversations on Race and Humanity,” Lawrenceville, New Jersey, December 12, 2015
In this second joint show with Princeton artist Rhinold Ponder on the 2nd year anniversary of our first show together in December 2013, we featured our new political works of art. He included works from his series on the “N-word” and I included two flags in my Reimagined American Flags series.
- Featured Guest Artist, Creative Arts of Maryland Gallery, Baltimore, Maryland, September, 2015
The CAM Gallery selected me as their featured artist for the month of September. I showed over 40 works of art featuring my animal portraits and textured abstracts.
- “The Big Show,” Maryland Creative Arts Alliance, Baltimore, Maryland, June, 2015
My oil painting titled “Unflagged” was exhibited in the annual show of the members of the Maryland Creative Arts Alliance.
- “Kelly Burke’s Artworks,” Guest Artist, Mutt Mart, Baltimore, Maryland, June-August, 2015
I was the first solo artist featured at this new pet store in Hamilton. I showed 32 original artworks that covered the range of topics I have painted from animal portraits and abstracts to mixed media and still life studies.
- “Horse Tales,” Creative Arts of Maryland Gallery, Baltimore, Maryland, May, 2015
I was selected as one of three guest artists for an exhibition on artworks illustrating the lives of horses through a variety of styles and mediums. I included a mixed media collage portrait of a horse as well as a 54” x 84” oil painting of a herd of wild horses running through water.
- “Raining Cats and Dogs,” Creative Arts of Maryland Gallery, Baltimore, Maryland, April, 2015
I was selected as one of four guest artists to feature some of my animal portraits during the month the CAM Gallery art collective featured artworks that depict animals through a variety of styles and mediums. The Maryland SPCA received 5% of sales and brought pets to the gallery for adoption.
- “From Fur to Feathers 6,” The Schuler School of Fine Arts, Baltimore, Maryland, March, 2015
One of my dog portraits “Upside Down” was selected for this sixth annual juried exhibition of animals in art.
- “Exhibition of Pet Portraits” Visiting Artist Solo Show, Howl, Baltimore, Maryland, March-May, 2015
This solo artist show featured over 30 original animal-related artworks from pet portraits to animal-inspired abstracts. The opening coincided with the First Friday of the Month event in Hampden and was attended by over 70 people.
- “From Fur to Feathers 5,” The Schuler School of Fine Arts, Baltimore, Maryland, March, 2014
One of my dog portraits “Tickle Me Please” was selected for this fifth annual juried exhibition of animals in art.
- “Two Artists: Holiday Art Show,” Princeton, New Jersey, December 6-7, 2013
This was a joint art show with my colleague, Princeton artist Rhinold Ponder, in which we featured the full range of our artworks.
- “Continuing Studies Annual Show,” MICA, Baltimore, Maryland, August, 2013
My oil painting “Winter boots” of a pair of human boots with a set of four winter dog boots was selected for the MICA Continuing Studies annual show.
- “From Fur to Feathers 4,” The Schuler School of Fine Arts, Baltimore, Maryland, April, 2013
One of my dog portraits “Whisky” was accepted for this fourth annual juried exhibition of animals in art.