Keith Garubba is an artist and educator living and working in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Creating in print media, multimedia installations, and interactive artworks, Garubba takes a multi-faceted approach to investigating questions regarding beliefs and myths in science and art. He is currently a member of the faculty at the Baum School of Art where he teaches a variety of classes to full range of ages, including comic art to high school students, outreach programming in Allentown School District, and college-level courses for Lehigh Carbon Community College. Garubba also works as a printer at the fine art print publisher Durham Press.
Garubba graduated from Keystone College in LaPlume, Pennsylvania as the Outstanding Graduate in 2010. In 2014, he earned his Masters in Fine Arts from The Ohio State University. In 2016, Keith was awarded the Arts Ovation Award as Emerging Artist of the Year by the Allentown Arts Commission. Garubba exhibits his work regularly throughout Pennsylvania and the US, holds leadership roles in regional arts organizations, and visits higher education institutions across the country as a visiting artist offering talks and workshops.
Notable Shows include:
Understanding Drips: A Dr. Armbruster Adventure in Research
Box Heart Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
Under the Blankets – Printmakers Together
Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Pittsburgh, PA
Urbanic 2: Catalyzing a Regional Economic Renaissance
Pittsburgh International Airport, Pittsburgh, PA
Marylou Hillyer 25th International Juried Exhibition
Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit, NJ, Juried by Joan Young
What happens when we over-aestheticize our scientific pursuits?
What happens when we overanalyze our artistic creations?
For several years I have been exploring these questions. I believe art can be an investigation, like a form of research. In a body of work titled “Dr. Armbruster Laboratories,” I have been studying “Drips,” mostly the painted, marbled, or molten glass varieties, through the voice of the fictitious character Dr. Armbruster. The resultant products of my studies display moments of my investigation: framing and highlighting key drip forms, reproducing and overprinting fragments. Printmaking, in these works, is used to break down the drip as a subject. The artworks are intended to be an abstract critique of the relationship between Art and Science, while celebrating the ornamented spectacles and exhilarating spirit that can thrive that this intersection.