"Keith Howard taught me to think about etching in a new way that will not kill me with chemicals. His nontoxic intaglio work is the most important development in printmaking since the advent of photography."
Quote page 365 from "The Printmaking Bible" by Hughes and Vernon-Morris a 2008 Chronicle Books LLC publication.
Australian born Keith Howard graduated from Art School in Sydney and commenced teaching at the Queensland College of Art in Brisbane, Australia. After a very short stint as a painting and drawing Professor he was promoted to Head of the Printmaking Department- a gigantic step for someone virtually just out of Art School. In 1978 he initiated the first teacher exchange between himself and an artist from the Alberta College of Art in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. This was Keith’s first major step outside Australia that was pivotal in his decision to undertake his Masters in Studio Art through New York University’s Venice Program. Immediately after completing his Master he was offered a job as Professor in Drawing and Printmaking at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. Then in 1986, he was offered a teaching position through Grande Prairie Regional College in Peace River, Alberta, Canada to run their off-campus visual arts program. In 1996- 99 Keith started the Canadian School for Non-Toxic Printmaking through his college. From the Fall of 1999 until present Keith has headed up the Non-Toxic Printmaking Program at the Rochester Institute of Technology in Upstate NY, USA. For the past 20 years Keith has been at the forefront of Non-Toxic Printmaking research and teaching. He has written three groundbreaking books on Non-Toxic Contemporary Printmaking that has been sold in over 50 countries. To learn more about him Google“Keith Howard, Non-Toxic Printmaking, Paintings." Keith is now venturing into the professional world of painting establishing a unique global artisan workshop collaborating with a Master Painter in China to develop a series of hand-painted oil paintings with the theme title “In the Garden of Eve” where he juxtaposes contemporary artistic ideas with an ageless subject.