Andrew K. Pepper (b. 1978, Pike County, Mississippi) is a multidisciplinary artist working in sculpture, photography, and related media. Pepper’s work is shaped by his upbringing in the rural American South, raised in a family of gardeners, cotton farmers, and outdoorsmen.

Pepper worked as a writer and editor in Boston for more than 10 years prior to pursuing visual art. He has lectured at the San Francisco Art Institute, University of Connecticut, University of Rhode Island, Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Berkshire Botanic Garden, Horticultural Society of New York, and New England Wild Flower Society. From 2010 to 2015, he served as manager of digital content at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and (as Andrew Keys) pursued freelance projects in the horticulture/lifestyle industry, publishing two books: Why Grow That When You Can Grow This?: 255 Extraordinary Alternatives to Everyday Problem Plants (Timber Press, 2012), and Growing the Northeast Garden (Timber Press, 2014). His written work has appeared in This Old House and Fine Gardening magazines. Pepper received a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from The University of Memphis and Post-Baccalaureate Certificate from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, where he earned the Museum School Council Sculpture Prize for excellence in sculpture. He will receive a Master of Fine Arts from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2019.


EDUCATION

Master of Fine Arts, 2016-2018
San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate, 2015-2016
School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Graduate Certificate, Management of Community Organizations, 2004-2005
Tufts University, Medford, MA
Bachelor of Arts, Journalism, Concentration in Public Relations, 1998-2001
The University of Memphis, TN


AWARDS

Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award (Nominee)
International Sculpture Center, Hamilton NJ / San Francisco Art Institute, 2018
SFAI Fellowship
San Francisco Art Institute, 2016-2018
Museum School Council Sculpture Prize
School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 2016
Presidential Scholarship
School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 2015-2016


EXHIBITIONS

2018
Shadows
Swell Gallery, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco
Arrived!
Atrium, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco
6x6x2018
Rochester Contemporary Art Center, Rochester, NY
Secret Gardens
Nave Gallery, Somerville, MA
Starting Over Festival
Somerville Arts Council, Somerville, MA

2017
I Bruise Easily
Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco
Below the Threshold
Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco
Mustache
Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco

2016
Postage Required: A Mail-Art Exhibition
Vermont Center for Photography, Brattleboro, VT, 2016
Summer Hours
Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco
Untitled
Swell Gallery, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco
Discreet Connections
Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco
IN2016: New Visions and Visionaries
iartcolony, Rockport, MA
SMFA Graduating Students and Award Recipients Exhibition
Project Space, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Amended: Collages, Altered Books, and Mixed Media Works
William Morris Hunt Memorial Library, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Mental Museum: The Post-Baccalaureate Program Spring Show
Mission Hill Gallery, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
SMFA Annual Photo Show
Atrium, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

2015
Post-Script: An Exhibition of the Post-Baccalaureate Students at SMFA, Boston
Mission Hill Gallery, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
New Student Salon Show: One SMFA Community
Weems Center, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston


SELECTED PUBLIC AND ACADEMIC LECTURES

Summer Studio, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA 2017
Recycled, Reused, Reconfigured, SMFA at Tufts, Boston, MA 2016
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Seminar, SMFA at Tufts, Boston, MA 2016
Art Since 1945, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA, 2016
Professional Practices, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA, 2016
University of Connecticut Garden Conference, Storrs, CT, 2016
University of Rhode Island Master Gardeners Association, Warwick, RI, 2015
Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Boylston, MA, 2015 / 2014
New England Wild Flower Society, Framingham, MA, 2015 / 2013
Berkshire Botanical Garden, Stockbridge, MA, 2013
Wisconsin Hardy Plant Society, Madison, WI, 2013
Horticultural Society of New York, 2013


MEDIA

BOOKS
Growing the Northeast Garden, Timber Press, 2015
Why Grow That When You Can Grow This?, Timber Press, 2012

MAGAZINE ARTICLES
Plant Picks: ‘Bronze Age’ Yucca, Fine Gardening, August 2015
Regional Picks: Large-Leaved Plants, Fine Gardening, February 2015
Trade in Your Troublesome Plants, Fine Gardening, June 2014
All About Hydrangeas, This Old House, April 2014
Avoid Invasives: Plant This, Not That, This Old House, September 2013
Regional Picks: Plant This With That, Fine Gardening, August 2013
Improved Varieties of Old Favorites, Fine Gardening, December 2011
Plant Picks: Japanese Spikenard, Fine Gardening, October 2010
Northeast Regional Report: Perennials for Fall, Fine Gardening, October 2009

PODCASTS
Garden Confidential, Fine Gardening, 2011-2013
RadioGarden, Horticulture Magazine, 2010-2011


CERTIFICATIONS

Certificate, Audio Storytelling, 2013
Maine Media Workshops

Certificate, Organic Land Care, 2007
Northeast Organic Farming Association