Darra Keeton, originally from Washington, D.C., received a BFA from Miami University at Oxford, Ohio and an MFA from Queens College, CUNY. She has taught painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, and art history surveys at schools such as The Hewitt School in New York, The Kansas City Art Institute, Wake Forest University, The College of Saint Rose (New York), and has been a visiting lecturer at Williams College, Southern Methodist University, The University of Tennessee, Tyler School of Art in Rome, The Sheffield Art Gallery (UK), The Glassell School of Art, and The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
Keeton's work has been featured in group exhibitions in notable venues that include The Brooklyn Museum (New York), Kunstlerhaus (Vienna), The Hyde Collection (New York), and Art in General (New York). Solo exhibitions have included New York, New Orleans, Frankfurt, Manchester, and Houston. Her most recent solo exhibition was at The Islip Art Museum, New York, 2002.
Reviews of her work have appeared in The New York Times, New York Newsday, ArtForum, Art News, and The New Art Examiner. Keeton has received grants and/or fellowships from Ragdale in Lake Forest, Illinois, Yaddo in Saratoga Springs, New York, The New York State Council on the Arts, and most recently The Rockerfeller Foundation at Bellagio, Italy.
Keeton lives and works in both Houston and New York City.