Cathryn Keller

Washington, DC USA

Professional Experience

From the American Southwest to the Middle East, versatile writer-editor (former publisher, producer), quick study, writes about arts, culture, travel with clarity, wit, insight. Exceptional ability to translate the complex into accessible public language for diverse audiences. Recent assignments include reviews/interviews with museum directors/curators for Washington Post; reviews and think pieces for art and museum trades. Expertise/current interests: Middle East travel, culture, art, fiction (Egypt, Turkey, Israel, Palestine); public memory and memorials; museum issues (governance, history, meaning); post-9/11 anxiety expressed in art and fiction; high end residential architecture/ design/interiors; book reviewing (visual arts and fiction); New Mexico and Southwest; Hawaii.


20 Years
15 Years
20 Years


Arts & Humanities
20 Years
Books & Literature
20 Years
20 Years


Academia Other
5 Years
Magazine - Local/Regional magazines
5 Years
10 Years

Total Media Industry Experience

25 Years

Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)

Smithsonian magazine (and (3-5), Washington Post Style/Arts (3-5), Sculpture magazine (1-2)

Corporate Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)

National Gallery of Art (3-5), Architecture, design, preservation, real estate (10+), Smithsonian Institution (3-5)

Other Work History

Award-winning corporate communicator; current consulting practice specializing in executive and development communications; expertise in cultural tourism marketing and developing public-private partnerships, sponsorships, and collaborative marketing initiatives.

Technical Skills

Excellent photographer; "visually literate" publications manager/editor; former independent film/video editing, directing, production management and line producing

Foreign Language Skills

adequate conversation/reading in Spanish, French; usually pick up conversation basics quickly when traveling

Computer Skills

Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Mac and PC systems, online research and editing, media databases


laptop computer; digital camera; digital voice recorder for interviews; Ipod

Work Permits & Visas

U. S. citizen


Available on request


Recent recognition related to arts and culture writing: Critics' Residency, Maryland Art Place 2004 (one of two writers selected to write catalogue essay and serve on public panel); story collection short-listed for Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction (Sarabande Press, 2001); American Association of Museums publications awards for museum publications (annual reports) I edited and published





Introduction and interviews with curator and critic about work of contemporary artist for special Style/Arts section on Feminism and Art
Media review for professional journal
Article on exhibition at Library of Congress
Review of Dada exhibition at the Pompidou