Andrew Keys Pepper (b. 1978, Pike County, Mississippi) is a multidisciplinary artist working in installation, sculpture, and photography. Pepper’s work is shaped by his education in journalism, and as a horticulturist, as well as his upbringing in the rural American South, 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 in academic and public settings at San Francisco Art Institute, University of Connecticut, Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Berkshire Botanic Garden, Horticultural Society of New York, and Native Plant Trust. From 2010 to 2015, he served as manager of digital content at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and (as Andrew Keys) published work in horticulture/lifestyle industry media, including 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 Experience, This Old House and Fine Gardening magazines.

Pepper received a Master of Fine Arts from San Francisco Art Institute in 2019, where he earned the Outstanding Graduate Student Award. In 2001, he received a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from The University of Memphis, and in 2016, a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate from SMFA at Tufts University, Boston, where he was awarded the Museum School Council Sculpture Prize for excellence in sculpture.

EDUCATION

2019 / Master of Fine Arts, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
2016 / Post-Baccalaureate Certificate, School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University, Boston, MA
2005 / Graduate Certificate, Management of Community Organizations, Tufts University, Medford, MA
2001 / Bachelor of Arts, Journalism, The University of Memphis, Memphis, TN

AWARDS

2019 / Outstanding Graduate Student Award, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
2018 / Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award (Nominee), International Sculpture Center, Hamilton, NJ and San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
2016 / SFAI Fellowship, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
2016 / Museum School Council Sculpture Prize, School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University, Boston, MA
2015 / Presidential Scholarship, School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University, Boston, MA

EXHIBITIONS

2020
”Kristin Street and Andy Pepper,” Kendall Reiss Gallery & Studio, Bristol, RI

2019
”MFA Exhibition,” Fort Mason Center, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA

2018
”Shadows,” Swell Gallery, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
”Arrived!” Atrium, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
”6x6x2018,” Rochester Contemporary Art Center, Rochester, NY
”Secret Gardens,” Nave Gallery, Somerville, MA
”Starting Over Festival,” Quincy Street Open Space, Somerville, MA

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

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

2015
”Post-Script,” Mission Hill Gallery, SMFA at Tufts University, Boston, MA
”New Student Salon Show: One SMFA Community,” Weems Center, SMFA at Tufts University, Boston, MA

SELECTED PUBLIC AND ACADEMIC LECTURES

2018
Visiting Artist, Visual Language, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, MA

2017
Guest Lecturer, Summer Studio, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA

2016
Visiting Artist, Recycled, Reused, Reconfigured, SMFA at Tufts, Boston, MA
Visiting Artist, Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Seminar, SMFA at Tufts, Boston, MA
Guest Lecturer, Art Since 1945, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
Guest Lecturer, Professional Practices, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
Public Lecturer, University of Connecticut Garden Conference, Storrs, CT

2015
Public Lecturer, University of Rhode Island Master Gardeners Association, Warwick, RI
Public Lecturer, Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Boylston, MA
Public Lecturer, Native Plant Trust, Framingham, MA

2013
Public Lecturer, Berkshire Botanical Garden, Stockbridge, MA
Public Lecturer, Wisconsin Hardy Plant Society, Madison, WI
Public Lecturer, Horticultural Society of New York

SELECTED WRITTEN WORK

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

ARTICLES AND ESSAYS
2019 / “Alone on the mountain — where I belonged,” Experience
2018 / “Strong summer bloomers,” Fine Gardening
2016 / “Plant your own private prairie,” This Old House
2014 / “Trade in your troublesome plants,” Fine Gardening
2014 / “Avoid invasives: plant this, not that,” This Old House
2011 / “Improved varieties of old favorites,” Fine Gardening
2010 / “Plant picks: Japanese spikenard,” Fine Gardening
2009 / “Perennials for fall”, Fine Gardening

CERTIFICATIONS

2013 / Certificate, Audio Storytelling, Maine Media Workshops
2007 / Certificate, Organic Land Care, Northeast Organic Farming Association