Carter lives and works in Beaumont, where he holds the Walles chair of art at Lamar University.
His photographs are often described as dreamlike, enigmatic or mystical, and Carter explained that he finds inspiration in his surroundings.
“[I’m] looking at where I live as an exotic land, almost an allegory,” Carter said.
2009 was an especially good year for Carter. He was honored with two major awards for his achievements in the arts, including a Texas Medal of Arts from the Texas Cultural Trust Council and the “Artist of the Year” from the Art League of Houston.
Carter is also a past recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts regional survey grants, and the Lange-Taylor Prize from the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University.
Carter’s work is included in numerous private and public collections, including the Art Institute of Chicago, Smithsonian American Art Museum, J. Paul Getty Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the George Eastman House. It has appeared in solo and group exhibitions in the United States and abroad.
“Poet of the Ordinary: Photographs by Keith Carter” is a traveling exhibition from the Wittliff Collections at Texas State University in San Marcos. It is specifically part of the Southwestern & Mexican Photography Collection, a photo archive and exhibition space showcasing the works of 20th century masters of the medium.
The Beeville Art Museum is a teaching museum dedicated to the concept of art as a positive force in the development of creative skills and thought. The Joe Barnhart Foundation has created comprehensive educational programs at the museum, including exhibitions of renowned artists and collections from museums, galleries and private collections from across the state, docent-conducted tours for students, lectures, and workshops.
The Beeville Art Museum, located at 401 E. Fannin St., is open to the public 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.