Kesha Bruce’s work explores the complex
connections between history, personal
mythology, and magical-spiritual belief in the
Born and raised in Iowa, she completed a BFA
from the University of Iowa before earning an
MFA in painting from Hunter College in New York
Kesha Bruce has been awarded fellowships from
the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA),
The Vermont Studio Center, The CAMAC
Foundation, and received a Puffin Foundation
Grant for her work with Artist’s Books.
Her work is included in the collections of The
Smithsonian Museum of African American History
and Culture,The Amistad Center for Art and
Culture, The University of Iowa Women’s Center,
The En Foco Photography Collection, and
MOMA’s Franklin Furnace Artist Book Collection.
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Waaw Artist Residency. Saint-Louis, Senegal.
ONOMA Fiskars Village Artist in Resence Program. Fiskars, Finland.
Willapa Bay Artist Residency. Oysterville, WA.
The CAMAC Foundation. Artist in Residence. Marnay-sur _Seine, France.
En Foco New Works #11 Photography Award.
The Vermont Studio Center. Artist in Residence. Johnson, VT.
The Puffin Foundation. Emerging Artist Grant.
New York Foundation for the Arts. Painting Fellowship.
GRANTS, AWARDS & RESIDENCIES
In addition to her studio work, Kesha Bruce is an independent curator and founding Director of Baang + Burne
Contemporary Art in New York City. She lives and works in the US and France.