“I am a sculptor with a strong interest in material exploration, metal casting, and installation. Utilizing commonly consumed materials throughout my work, and infusing them with a sense of aggressive engagement, I attempt to expose concerns in our precarious culture and times. Structural forms, iconic symbols, commercial culture, and sociopolitical disconnections provoke the viewer to decode and react to my work. I employ sculpture, sound, language, and installations to create an exaggerated view of contemporary American culture.“
Keith Kaziak of Stevens Point, WI, is a sculptor and mixed media artist. He received his BFA (emphasis Sculpture) from UMN-Twin Cities in 2004. Kaziak works at UW-Stevens Point as the Safety and Studio Coordinator in the Art & Design Department and as the Gallery Preparator for the Edna Carlsten Art Gallery. He also serves on the Board of the Stevens Point Sculpture Park. As a sculptor and iron caster, Kaziak has organized and participated in numerous iron pours throughout the Midwest. He has participated at the International Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron Art (Ironbridge, England) and at the National Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron Art and Practices (Sloss Furnaces, Birmingham, AL). In 2019, he will begin MFA studies at UW-Madison as an Interdisciplinary Artist Research Cohort Scholar.
Kaziak actively exhibits his work nationally and overseas, including most recently at Pool Art Center Gallery, Drury University, Springfield, MO (juried, 2019); Quarter Gallery, UMN, Minneapolis (invited group, 2019); The Trout Museum of Art, Appleton, WI (juried, 2019); Czong Institute for Contemporary Art, Gimpo-si, Gyeonggi-do, Korea (juried, 2019); and DeVos Art Museum, Northern Michigan University, Marquette, MI (juried, 2018). His sculpture Home was included in ACREofART, a public sculpture exhibit in Appleton, WI (2018). Recent awards include a Creative Dissemination Award, UW-Stevens Point Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (2017, 2019).