Keith Lawrence: Faces of Recovery

November 9, 2022 - February 19, 2023

Keith Lawrence: Faces of Recovery

November 9, 2022 - February 19, 2023

Faces of Recovery is a solo exhibition by self-taught artist Keith Lawrence featuring portraits of individuals impacted by addiction. Inspired by his own journey through addiction and recovery the artist sought to capture moments of struggles and hope in recovery with the ultimate goal to support his community. Addiction is a widely-spread issue that affects many people; addiction is often misunderstood, stigmatized or ignored by mainstream media. By creating five portraits of individuals affected by addiction and captured in the five stages of recovery, Lawrence hopes to give visibility to a marginalized community while also inspiring feelings of empathy and acceptance in the audience.


About the Artist

Keith Lawrence is a self-taught artist that was born in Georgia in 1968. His family moved to Chicago when he was 2 years old. In 2007, he moved to Minnesota. His passion for artmaking followed him across the States and for the past twenty years, he created commissioned portraits of adults, children, pets, and other subjects of sentimental value for his clients. His work has also been exhibited at Artability Art Show & Sale in St. Paul and at the Mantorville Art Guild, in Mantorville, Minnesota. Lawrence believes in the therapeutic power of art and his goal as an artist is to help others find healing and peace.


This activity is made possible through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council in cooperation with a private foundation.


The ROOTED program at Rochester Art Center is open to artists living and working in the eleven counties surrounding Rochester and showcases the most innovative and talented artists from the region. For artists who have received artist grants from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council (SEMAC), Rochester Art Center provides gallery space to showcase the art by the grantee. Art Center curatorial staff provides grant application support, studio visits and exhibition space, but does not select the artists, who are chosen by SEMAC jury. ROOTED exemplifies the commitment of RAC to be a central hub for art made in Southeastern Minnesota.