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 explains that he finds inspiration in his surroundings, “…looking at where I live as an exotic land, almost an allegory.”
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. He 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, specifically the Southwestern & Mexican Photography Collection, a photo archive and exhibition space showcasing the works of 20th century masters of the medium.