AFA, Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
Lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
Jeff Kahm, an enrolled member of the Plains Cree, and Little First Pine Nation, is a member of the Studio Arts Faculty teaching primarily painting and drawing courses. Jeff holds an AFA from IAIA, a BFA from Kansas City Art Institute and an MFA from the University of Alberta. As an artist, Mr. Kahm continues to make art in his Santa Fe studio. His creative work ranges from non-objective painting and experimental photography. His large-scale projects combine photographic imagery and painting that often allude to an architectural vernacular. His commitment to experimentation also includes reverse painting on plexi, where on a conceptual level, the synthesis of Native motifs, geometric abstraction and mechanical surface suggest the impact of technological change on culture. As a teacher, he believes that “recognizing the unique and creative potential of each student is paramount, and my responsibility is to establish high goals with them as they consider careers in the visual arts.” His own work explores hard-edge abstraction, capturing a deeper view of the world than the optical.