August 2023 STAResident: Keeley Dunnam

IN RESIDENCE: AUGUST 11 - 26, 2023

About Space Taking Artist Residency

The Space Taking Artist Residency is Fresh Arts’ annual summer artist-in-residence program that provides traditionally underrepresented local artists with the physical space, financial support, and marketing platform to experiment with their craft and share their work with the public in new and innovative ways—often including interactive community events, exhibitions and other unique experiences.


Fresh Arts is proud to highlight Keeley Dunnam and her project Telephone 2.0 as our August 2023 STAResident. Keeley’s project, Telephone 2.0, was all about bridging the gap between performance and visual art and bringing multiple perspectives together in a single space. In a series of interactive workshops led by Keeley, participants used a dance piece as the inspiration for their own pieces of artwork, created in their preferred mediums. The result was a beautiful blending of disciplines and indivudual expressions of emotion.



Watch the video below for a recap of Telephone 2.0 plus learn about Keeley’s lifelong relationship with dance, her take on why its such an important practice, what inspired the concept behind Telephone 2.0, and the kind of experience this project provided for the artists and community members who showed up to participate.

About STAResident: Keeley Dunnam

Keeley received her M.F.A at Sam Houston State University in 2022, and her B.F.A. in Dance from the University of North Texas in 2018. Keeley has performed with companies Company XV, Pilot Dance Project, PDC Works, AmpDance, and Impulse Dance Project. Her work, “NArrow is the Way” was showcased in imPULSE Dance Project’s annual summer show in 2018, “Same but Different but Same” was showcased in Mind the Gap in 2022, and “Interrealational Transactions” premiered in Mind the Gap 2023. Keeley was named Artist in Residence by Dance Source Houston for the 2022-23 year and produced and eighteen-minute-long group piece called “Into the Shimmer” for the Barnstorm Dance Festival in 2023. Keeley continues to focus her choreographic works towards building community by using movement as a means of communication, and to create meaningful interactions between art and the public.

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The Space Taking Artist Residency is funded in part by a grant from Texas Commission on the Arts, the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance, Houston Endowment, and Brown Foundation. A special thank you to MECA – Multicultural Education & Counseling through the Arts – for opening its doors to Fresh Arts for this year’s STAR program.