Master of Fine Arts | Photography. Savannah College of Art & Design. Aug., 2000. Bachelor of Arts | Art, Photography emphasis. Asbury College, Wilmore, KY. May, 1991.
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Exhibition Record


  • First Fruits - Group show to travel beginning Fall, 2017. Juried by Joel Sheesley (Wheaton College).
  • Here & Now - Group exhibit organized by Lexington Art League featuring work selected from among 200 regional artists listed in the LAL's "Artist Archive" Lexington, KY. Sept - November 2015.
  • Between the Shadow and the Light - Group exhibition including work generated by participants selected for R5 Visual Arts Seminar and Studio in South Africa. Exhibit travels to venues across North America from 2014 through 2018.
  • Process : Effect : Reconsider. Spot5 Gallery, Louisville, KY. 2013
  • Revelations: Interrogating the Sacred. Saint Xavier University Gallery/Beverly Art Center, Chicago, IL. Juried selection. 2013
  • Tributaries. Z.T. Johnson Gallery, Asbury University. Invitational Exhibit. 2013.
  • New Beginnings. Z.T. Johnson Gallery, Asbury University. Invitational Exhibit. 2012.
  • Matter Matters. Z.T. Johnson Gallery, Asbury University. Invitational Exhibit. 2011.
  • Presence. Asbury College Z.T. Johnson Gallery. Invitational Exhibit. 2010.
  • CIVA 2009 Biennial Conference Invitational. 2009.
  • Visual Dialogue. Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government Building. Juried Selection. Lexington, KY. 2009.
  • Asbury College Faculty & Student Show. The Art Depository. Nicholasville, KY. 2008.
  • Faculty Exhibits: Asbury College. 1999 - 2009.
  • God With Us. Christ Church Episcopal Cathedral Gallery, Lexington, KY. Juried Selection. 2005–2006.
  • Sense of Otherness. savannah Gallery, Atlanta, GA. Juried Selection. 2004.
  • From the Glass House. The Galerie Lumière, Savannah, GA. Juried Selection. 1999.
  • E Pluribus Unum. Savannah College of Art and Design Graduate Student Photography Show (juried). Bergen Hall Gallery. 1997.
  • Silverworks 1997. Savannah College of Art and Design Photography Department juried showcase exhibit traveled to galleries in England and France. 1997.
Blue Door.Kastro, Sifnos, Greece.


  • Inventory of Wonders. Asbury University Gallery. June 24 – Sept 9, 2016. Apostles Anglican Gallery. Nov, 2016–Jan., 2017.
  • Town: a portrait. 
      • Wilmore City Hall, Wilmore, KY. 2012–2013
      • Asbury University Gallery, Wilmore, KY. 2012
  • Sacred Spaces in Central Kentucky.
    • Apostles Anglican Church Gallery, Lexington, KY. 2012.
    • Georgetown College Cochenour Gallery, Georgetown, KY. 2009.
    • Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, KY. 2012 and 2009.
    • Asbury College Kinlaw Library Gallery. 2007.
  • French Selections: Paris & The Loire Valley. Asbury College McCreless Gallery. 2008.
  • Advent. St Patrick’s Church, Lexington, KY. 2005.
  • Six-Year Retrospective: Photographic Work. Asbury College McCreless Gallery. 2004.
  • Photographic Work by Keith A. Barker. Jessamine County Public Library. 2003.
  • Immortal, Invisible. Recent Photographic Offerings by Keith A. Barker. The Gallery at The Alternative Jewelry Shop, Nicholasville, KY. 2003.
  • Self-Evidence: Past, Present & Future History. M.F.A. Thesis Exhibit.
    • Bergen Hall Main Gallery, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA. 1999.
    • Central Bank Galleries, Lexington, KY. 2000.
  • Photographic Works by Keith Barker. Senior Exhibit Merit Award winner. Asbury College. 1991.

Honors, Awards & Accomplishments

  • Making Good[s] - Curator. Traveling exhibit to open Fall, 2016.
  • Lexington Art Leagues’ Artists Archive, a searchable database of nearly 200 visual artists in the Central Kentucky Region. Work examples, audio clips and biographical information included. April, 2014.
  • Full Professor. Asbury University. 2014.
  • Sabbatical leave awarded. Asbury University. 2014. 
  • R5: A Visual Arts Seminar and Studio in South Africa - Traveling exhibition of work followed two-week traveling seminar in Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa. Juried selection. June, 2013. 
  • Tenure Status. Asbury University. 2009.
  • Spearheaded curricular overhaul of course offerings and requirements. Asbury University Art Department. 2012–13.
  • Served as juror for Pilgrimage, an exhibit of student work; executed entirely by Asbury students. 2011.
  • Faculty Development Grant for Art Department. 2007. 
  • Lilly Endowment Departmental Mini-Grant (awarded through the Lilly “Transformations” Grant). Used to bring guest artist on campus. Oversaw all aspects of the grant proposal and resulting program logistics. 2005.
  • Faculty Research Grant. Fall, 2003, Spring, 2004.

Publication, Collections & Writings

  • Just Enough: Memoir of a Photographer’s Family on Sabbatical. Self-published memoir. 2017. 
  • St Joseph's East Hospital. Juried Selection; permanent collection purchase. Lexington, KY. 2014, 2015.
  • Somewhere Else. Article and photographs published in SEEN Journal of CIVA. June, 2014.
  • Somewhere Else: South Africa. Self-published book of photographs and essay. 2013.
  • Town: a portrait. Self-published book. 2013.
  • Edition of one hundred prints distributed as gifts to board members and constituents. CIVA 2009.
  • Saint Joseph’s Jessamine Ambulatory Center. Juried selection; permanent collection purchase. Nicholasville, KY. 2008.
  • Doing Time in Sacred Spaces. CIVASeen Magazine. Fall, 2008.
  • Seeing Rightly: The Arts and Spiritual Vitality. Asbury Collegian article. 2007
  • University of Kentucky’s Gatton College of Business & Economics. Photography for various public relations publications and web site imagery. 2006–2009.
  • Principle photography for various advertisements, promotional advancement and admissions publications. Asbury Theological Seminary. 1999–2005.
  • Jessamine County Public Library. Permanent Collection. 2004.
  • Silverworks. Savannah College of Art and Design Photography Department showcase publication. 1997 and 1999.
  • The Georgia Guardian. Weekly newspaper serving the greater Chatham County. 1996 - 1997.


  • Vocation & The Arts. Co-presenter for Scholars and Critics Track, Christians in the Visual Arts 2009 Biennial Conference. Bethel University, St Paul, MN. 2009.
  • Sacred Spaces in Central Kentucky. Georgetown College, Georgetown, KY. 2009.
  • Life Through the Viewfinder: Beyond the Basics. Presenter and Juror at Photography Workshop. Pennyrile State Park, Dawson Springs, KY. 2008.
  • Sacred Spaces in Central Kentucky. Chapel message to student body. 2007.
  • Sacred Spaces in Central Kentucky. Christians in the Visual Arts National Convention. 2007.
  • Visual Arts & The Church. Panelist. Asbury Theological Seminary. 2006.
  • Advent. St Patrick’s Church, Lexington, KY. 2005.
  • Photography: The State of the Art. Faculty presentation. Asbury College. 2006.
  • Photography and the Revelation of Our Personal Histories. Faculty presentation. Asbury College. 2003.
  • Don’t Just Hand Them a Fish. Association of Christian Schools International Technology Summit presentation. Asbury College. 2002.

Professional Experience

  • Professor of Photography and Graphic Design courses taught in the Art Department. Currently serving as Department Chair. 2000–present. | Asbury University.
  • Commercial Photographer In-studio and on location projects involving groups and individuals; event coverage, and institutional publicity. 1991–present.
  • Photographer, Designer Assistant Director of Communications in Photography and Electronic Publishing. Generated photographic images (film and digital) for hundreds of design projects, and saw many from conception to completion. 1999–2000. | Asbury Theological Seminary Communications Department.
  • References and additional information are available upon request.

    Photo by Bethany Barker


Keith A. Barker was born in 1968, and spent his early childhood in Tokyo, Japan. Barker works in many facets of photography—from large-format film cameras to more modern digital varieties. Using such a variety of photographic tools and methods, his work centers around people, places and objects that relay a sense of history and time’s passage. Barker is active in producing and exhibiting photographic projects, while balancing a full teaching load. In 2013, he was selected, along with twenty other artists from North American and African countries, to participate in the R5 Seminar and Visual Arts Workshop in South Africa, from which an exhibit of work was curated and will be traveling all over North America until 2018. Currently Professor and Art Department Chair at Asbury University, he has taught Photography and Graphic Design since 2000. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art from Asbury College (1991) and a Master of Fine Arts from Savannah College of Art and Design (2000) in Georgia. Barker enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife and three children, where they live in central Kentucky. He recently returned from a sabbatical leave in Greece and the Bahamas, where he took his family along with various cameras and equipment, and exposed and processed his film as he traveled.