Keith Carter

Endowed Walles Chair in Fine Arts
Phone: 409-880-8141


  • B.B.A., Lamar University, 1970
Recipient of the 2009 Texas Medal of Arts and called a "Poet of the Ordinary" by the Los Angeles Times, Keith Carter holds the Endowed Walles Chair of Performing Arts at Lamar University where he has been awarded the university's three highest teaching honors: the Regents’ Professor Award, the University Professor Award and Distinguished Faculty Lecturer Prize.    

Keith Carter's haunting, enigmatic photographs have been shown in more than 100 solo exhibitions in 13 countries. In addition, 13 books of his work have been published as well as a documentary film: A Certain Alchemy, released by Anthropy Arts, New York, in 2006.

 Mr. Carter has been featured on the arts segment of nationally televised CBS Sunday Morning and he is the recipient of the Lange-Taylor Prize from the Center For Documentary Studies at Duke University, and Artist of the Year 2009 from the Houston Art League.

Mr. Carter’s work is included in numerous private and public collections including the National Portrait Gallery, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Smithsonian American Art Museum, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The George Eastman House and The Wittliff Collection of Southwestern and Mexican Photography at Texas State University.