“Love and Collaboration.” The Art Center, Highland Park, IL, March 6-April. Featured States of Being V: Love or Hate?, States of Being VI: Peace & Acquiescence?, and quilted “All Lives Matter” Flag
“Access and Opportunity, Diversity & Inclusion.” Center for the Arts, Monmouth University, Long Branch, NJ, Jan 21-Mar 31. Featured two paintings in the Reimagined American Flag series: “All Lives Matter” and “Immigrant or ‘Christian’ Nation?”
“Guns: Loaded Conversations.” University Art Gallery, Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, MI, Jan 15-Feb 8. Featured machine-quilted “Don’t Lives Matter?” in the Reimagined American Flag series.
“Art Against Racism. CREATE Core Courage, Asbury Park, NJ, Oct 11, 2019. Featured quilted “Black Lives Matter!” Flag and “All Lives Matter” Flag
“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, CA, Oct 21-Nov 18. Featured “Orange, White, and Black” won First Place. Online catalogue.
“Kelly Burke’s New Artworks” Artist Solo Show, Howl, Baltimore, MD, 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, Aug 24-Sept 6. Machine-quilted versions of the Don’t Lives Matter? Flag and States-of-Being series I-IX displayed. 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,” Anchorage, AL, Aug 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, June 2017. Submitted quilted versions of my Don’t Lives Matter? flag and “States of Being” series in the non-judged category.
Claudia Shambaugh, host of “Ask a Leader: Inquiring minds wanna hear,” at KUCI (K-University of California Irvine) radio station covered the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art’s “Art as Protest” exhibition (June 2017) in a public radio exchange titled Art as Protest in Santa Ana with the guest curator of the exhibition, Tyler Stallings. They focused specifically on the artist’s intention behind and people’s reaction to Kelly’s artwork “Reimagined American Flag Series: ALM flag.” The interview with Stallings starts at 30:49 and they discuss this painting from 35:20-39:05.
“Melanin Mosaics – Respect My Assets” Artist After Dark Series: Advocacy, Activism, & Artistry, Allen University Honors Program, Women’s History Month Committee, Columbia, SC, March 22. Featured pieces from “States of Being” series, including “Women of the USA Unite”
“We, the People” Fabulon: A Center for Art and Education, Charleston, SC, March 4-30. 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.
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, MD, Dec 2-31. This solo art show featured all new work over 2016.
“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. 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, Aug 31. 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, Aug 25-Sept 5.
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, Aug 6. Exhibited new quilted versions of the ALM and BLM flags along with Rhinold Ponder’s artwork.
“Art as Politics,” Touchstone Gallery, Washington, DC, Aug 5-24. 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. 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, MD, April. 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, MD, April-May. The 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. 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, MD, January. 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 uprisings in April 2015.
“Artistic Conversations on Race and Humanity,” Lawrenceville, NJ, Dec 12. 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, MD, September. 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, MD, June. Featured “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, MD, June-August. 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, MD, May. 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, MD, April. 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, MD, March. 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, MD, March-May. 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, MD, March. My dog portrait “Tickle Me Please” was selected for this fifth annual juried exhibition of animals in art.
“Two Artists: Holiday Art Show,” Princeton, NJ, Dec 6-7.
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, MD, August.
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, MD, April. One of my dog portraits “Whisky” was accepted for this fourth annual juried exhibition of animals in art.
“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.
“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.”