Biography

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BIOGRAPHY

Canadian Born b. 1968

Jeff Kahm, Plains Cree, was born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He attended the Institute of American Indian Arts in 1990 to study painting and photography. Soon after IAIA he was awarded a painting scholarship to attend the Kansas City Art Institute and earned a BFA in 1994. He continued graduate studies at the University of Alberta earning an MFA in 1997.
In 2002, Jeff returned to New Mexico, a land that he has grown to love and where he now calls home. He became a permanent resident in 2003 and soon began teaching at the Institute of American Indian Arts as a visiting faculty member. Today he is an associate professor at IAIA where he teaches studio art courses at the intermediate and advanced levels.
His solo exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico (2012) and at Urban Shaman Contemporary Aboriginal Art in Winnipeg, Manitoba (2013) highlighted his most recent work – a striking series of small works on paper and panels and an impressive collection of large scale paintings on canvas – work he describes as ‘rooted in Indigenous abstraction and Modernist aesthetics’. His work continues to reach a wider audience through various invitational and group shows nationally and internationally.

EDUCATION

1997 University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Masters of Fine Arts
1994 Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, Missouri, Bachelor of Fine Arts
1992 Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Associate of Fine Arts

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2018

Fall Group Show, Chiaroscuro Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
Patternality: Contemporary Art Exhibition, Denver, Co
Native Visions: Contemporary Native American Group Show, Santa Fe, NM
Etlelooaat (Cree)- He Who Shouts. Native artist group exhibition, Denver, CO
New Regionalisms: Contemporary Art in Western United States, Denver, CO

2017

Wings: group exhibition, IAIA Balzar Contemporary Edge Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
11th Annual Contemporary Native Art Exhibition, Chiaroscuro Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, NM
Forever Young: Faculty Exhibitions, IAIA Balzar Edge Contemporary Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
Without a Theme. Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center, Mashantucket, CT
Palm Springs Fine Art Fair: represented by William Havu Gallery. Palm Springs, CA
The Connected Edge, William Havu Gallery, Denver, CO

2016

Jeff Kahm: New Paintings, Chiaroscuro Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, NM
Art in Embassies Project Exhibition, U.S. Embassy, Kathmandu, Nepal
Culture Shift: The Contemporary Native Art Biennial, Art Mur, Montreal, Quebec
Transforming Landscapes: Balzer Contemporary Edge Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
Dynamics/Confluence, Madison Gallery, La Jolla, CA

2015

Progressing Traditions, Santa Fe Preparatory School Library, Santa Fe NM
AIE Reception in honor of five Native artists & IAIA, U.S. Vice President’s Residence, Washington, D.C.
Brain Storms: Alberta Creates, University of Alberta Museums Enterprise Square Galleries, Edmonton, Alberta
Jeff Kahm : Works on Paper, Lloyd Kiva New Gallery – MoCNA, Santa Fe, NM
Octopus Dreams: Tobinodai Historic Site Park Museum, Funabashi City, Japan
Emanate: Faculty and Staff Exhibition, Balzer Contemporary Edge Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
Desert Mythos: guest artist Altamira Fine Art, Scottsdale, Arizona
Native Art Now: Contemporary Indigenous Art, Nordamerika Native Museum, Zurich, Switzerland

2014

Native Art Now: Contemporary Indigenous Art, Nordamerika Native Museum, Zurich, Switzerland
Modern Illusions in Native American Art: Winterowd Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
Dallas Art Fair: represented by Madison Gallery, Dallas, TX
Salutations: 1st IAIA Public Art Biennial, Santa Fe, NM
Between the Lines: two-man exhibition, Madison Gallery, La Jolla, CA
Abstract-Abstract, 1-Spot Gallery, Phoenix, AZ

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