Artist Keith Carter

(b. 1948) Keith Carter is an internationally recognized photographer who has exhibited in over 100 solo shows in 13 countries, and has had 11 monographs of his work published. Carter is known for creating blurred images with limited depth of field, which give his work a sense of mystery. His newest work deals with our changing environment and loss of animal species. He is experimenting with colors by digitally replacing natural color palettes with hues from old master paintings.

Carter has been the recipient of the prestigious Texas Medal of Arts, the Lange-Turner Prize from the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke, and the Regent’s Professor Award from the Texas State University System. He currently holds the endowed Walles Chair of Art at Lamar University. His work is in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago; National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C.; the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, California; the Museum of Fine Arts Houston; The Smithsonian American Art Museum; and The Wittliff Collections at Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas.


Keith Carter egrets.jpg


Year: 2016
Medium: Archival Pigment Ink Print 1/25
Location: John Gray Center, Rudy Williams Bldg. hallway

Gift of Betty Moody in memory of Nancy Evans

This image of a mother egret feeding her babies is from the series “To Build an Ark,” a body of color work that explores the impact of climate change and loss of habitat for animals. Carter’s goal is to “document an evolving landscape, exquisite even in its chaos.” He digitally manipulated the natural colors with palettes and patinas inspired by Dutch and Italian painters, which is why the normally white egrets appear pink in this photograph. Although egrets are common in Southeast Texas and have been photographed by Carter in the wild, he chose to take this photograph in a natural history museum setting to further emphasize the loss of habitat for animals.

Keith Carter - Moss


Keith Carter - Sunrise


Keith Carter - Cypress Swamp

Cypress Swamp

Keith Carter - Little Cow Creek

Little Cow Creek

Year: 2015
Medium: Digital Pigment Prints, 1/25
Location: Reaud Administration Building, President’s Suite

In 2015 Keith Carter began photographing the wetlands along the Texas and Louisiana border for a project called “Ghostlight.” These images are a photographic survey of the swamps, bogs, marshes, bayous and fens that help shape the topography, folk tales, myths and legends of the South. The culmination of this project will be a publication of a book from the University of Texas Press to be released in 2022.