About John Michael Keating


The images in my paintings come from two worlds:

Day—the life we experience when we are awake, and

Night—the lives we live when we are asleep.

What I try to paint cannot be seen, so distinguishing between the two worlds
is a matter of only minor importance.



John Michael Keating is Professor Emeritus of Art and Humanities at Sierra College in Northern California. He has twice been Visiting Artist at Franklin College in Lugano, Switzerland and has lectured on Art at Cal Poly State University in San Luis Obispo, California and at various arts clubs and organizations.

He has lived in Switzerland and Spain and has exhibited his award-winning oils, watercolors and prints in the United States and in Spain. His works have been purchased by Marriott Inc., Bank of America, San Francisco General Hospital and the Toyota Motor Corporation. His paintings hang in the Firehouse Restaurant in Sacramento, in the Napa Valley Museum in Yountville and in the Eric Rood Administrative Center in Nevada City, California.


  • Oil, Acrylic, Watercolor, Monotype, Digital Prints


  • San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, California
    Major: Painting
    Degree: MFA, 1969
  • Gonzaga University, Spokane, Washington
    Major: Philosophy
    Degree: BA, 1965

Academic Honors

  • Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, Honorable Mention, 1965


  • Visiting Artist, Summer Sessions, Franklin College, Lugano, Switzerland, 1998, 2000
  • Professor of Art, Sierra College, Rocklin, California, 1988 – 2017
  • Instructor of Drawing, Gold Country Fine Art Center, Grass Valley, California, 1991-1992
  • Instructor of Painting, M. H. de Young Museum School of Art, San Francisco, California, 1974-1975

Solo Exhibitions

  • Visual Koans, North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center, Nevada City, California, 2019
  • Metaphysics 2.0, Center For The Arts, Grass Valley, California, 2012
  • Waking Dreams, Union Square Event Center, Grass Valley, California, 2010
  • Streets, Roads and Rivers, Jason’s Studio Café, Grass Valley, California, 2007
  • Ten Movie Theatres, American River College, Sacramento, California, 1999
  • Landscapes, Etc. Ad Group Gallery, Auburn, California, 1998
  • Landscapes and Interiors, Images Gallery, Grass Valley, California, 1994
  • Images of Spain, Sierra College, Rocklin, California, 1992
  • New World/Old World, Gallery 239, Nevada City, California, 1992
  • New Images, Foothill Gallery, Grass Valley, California 1987
  • Images of Two Worlds, Micro Gallery, Nevada City, California, 1987
  • Paintings and Drawings, Worley-Smith Gallery, Nevada City, California, 1986
  • Metamorphic Images, Judson College Art Gallery, Elgin, Illinois, 1977
  • Rising Sun Gallery, Carmel, California, 1974
  • Aragorn Gallery, Larkspur, California, 1972, 1973
  • The Space Behind Your Eyes, Unicorn Gallery, San Francisco, California 1972

Group Exhibitions

  • From The Hills: Artists from Nevada County, E Street Gallery, Sacramento, California, 2018
  • Blooming Arts III, General Gomez ARTS, Auburn, California, 2018
  • Blooming Arts II, General Gomez ARTS, Auburn, California, 2016
  • WinterAire, General Gomez ARTS, Auburn, California, 2015
  • Figurative Works, ASIF Gallery, Grass Valley California, 2009
  • 7 Artistas/7 Mundos, Grupo Santísimo, Valencia Spain, 2007
  • Locally Grown, Mowen-Solinsky Gallery, Nevada City, California, 2007
  • Home Grown, Julie Baker Fine Arts, Nevada City, California, 2006
  • Creative Thinking, Ridley Gallery, Rocklin California, 2004
  • Sugar and Spice, Solomon Dubnick Gallery, Sacramento, California, 1995
  • Exposición Colectiva, Galeria Carmen Andrade, Madrid, Spain, 1990
  • Landscape Paintings, Wrubel Gallery, Berkeley, California, 1987
  • Contemporary Realism, Lake Gallery, Tahoe City, California, 1986
  • Rental Gallery, San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California, 1978-1981
  • 2nd Annual California Invitational Auction, Crocker Museum of Art, Sacramento, California, 1980
  • Seven Painters, Gail Borden Public Library, Elgin, Illinois, 1978
  • Water Works, Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, California 1975

National Juried Exhibitions

  • Wildlife and Environmental Art Exhibition, Los Angeles Audubon Society, Los Angeles, California, 1987
  • Dreams – Pictures of the Mind, Almond Tea Gallery (Juror’s Award), Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, 1986
  • Small Works National ’82, Zaner Gallery, Rochester, New York, 1982
  • 27th Annual Exhibition, San Diego Art Institute, San Diego, California, 1981

Regional Juried Exhibitions

  • Magnum Opus XXIX, Sacramento Fine Arts Center, Sacramento, California, 2018
  • Open Juried Show, Placer Artists League, Auburn, California, 2017
  • Bold Expressions, 61st Annual Open Exhibition, Northern California Arts, Inc., Sacramento, California, 2016
  • Northern California Arts 50th Annual Open Exhibition, Sacramento Fine Arts Center, Sacramento, California, 1989
  • 63rd Annual Crocker-Kingsley Open Exhibition, Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, California, 1988
  • 6th Annual Open, California Arts League (Award for Best Landscape), Sacramento, California, 1988
  • Overview, Alumni Annual, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, California, 1988
  • California Works, California State Fair (Award of Merit), Sacramento, California, 1986
  • 23rd Annual Juried Exhibition, Sacramento Festival of Arts, Sacramento, California, 1986
  • Juried Exhibitions, San Diego Art Institute, San Diego, California, 1979, 1980, 1981


  • Napa Valley Vintners, Merryvale Winery,, St. Helena, California, 1984
  • Kirt’s People, Firehouse Restaurant, Sacramento, California, 1984
  • Above the Earth, San Diego Municipal Employees Credit Union, San Diego, California, 1979

Corporate Collections

  • Bank of America, San Diego, California
  • Toyota Motor Corporation, Los Angeles, California
  • Marriott Corporation, Palo Alto, California

Public Collections

  • Napa Valley Museum, Yountville California
  • Nevada County Administrative Center, Nevada City, California
  • San Francisco General Hospital, San Francisco, California