Festival of Arts: Board Member Spotlight
The Festival of Arts is delighted to announce that the respected and award-wining artist, Keith Batcheller, is one of the exciting additions to its board of directors.
A native Californian and local resident of San Dimas, Keith graduated from the Art Center: College of Design with honors in illustration. He began his professional illustration career in New York and worked on national and international advertising campaigns, books and for several magazines, design firms and corporations. Keith went on to design and illustrate movie posters for many Hollywood studios, including over 50 movie posters for Walt Disney Studios.
For the past three decades, Keith has traveled to many U.S. Air Force Bases as a representative for the Society of Illustrators and has created sixteen paintings for the United States Air Force Art Collection. Some of his paintings have been displayed in the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. Five of Keith’s paintings were chosen for a year-long exhibition at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.
Focusing on his fine art, Keith has exhibited his work nationally and as well as in his home town at the San Dimas Festival of Arts during the Spring Western themed shows beginning in 2009. Keith’s first Wildlife Art Show was in 2011.
Keith’s captivating representational work has recently been accepted into the Bosque Art Classic in Clifton Texas. This show is considered one of the most difficult and established juried shows in the country. It is also the home show for the acclaimed master artist, Martin Grelle, a recent San Dimas Festival of Arts, 'Spirit of the West' honoree for 2016.
Keith states, “I am honored to be on the board of directors for the Festival of Arts. I hope that I can positively influence the direction of future shows.” He also believes that other newly seated board members, Joe Milazzo, Richard Meyer, and W. Jason Situ will contribute to the success of the Festival, its shows and its growing national reputation in the arts community.
With Keith’s input, the Festival has moved forward in new directions with its first juried Small Works Art Show & Sale in the Fall of 2016.
Part of the Festival of Arts mission is to enrich life in the community through enjoyment and appreciation of the fine and applied arts, and to emphasize student art and education. For more information to join, volunteer or become a Board Member, please call the Festival of Arts office at (909) 599-5374.