Joe Keener III

Scenic Painter - On Leave
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Joe Keener III

Joe Keener III has worked as a scenic artist for over 30 years, on projects ranging from theater productions to theme parks, television and feature films. He has a broad knowledge base that includes a wide variety of painting techniques, tools and application methods; from theatrical drops and murals to decorative faux finishing, industrial and fine art. Examples of Joe's painting work have been seen by guests at theme parks in Japan, Europe, and the US;  including work for Sea World, Disney's Animal Kingdom, Universal Studios and Universal Studios' Islands of Adventure.

As a scenic artist for the theater, Joe has painted scenery for Scenic Designers such as Hugh Landwehr, Loy Arcenas, Marjorie Kellogg, Alexander Dodge and Tony Straiges. He has been the Charge Scenic Artist for the Connecticut Repertory Theater and Assistant Scenic Artist at The Cleveland Playhouse.

As a member of IATSE, Joe has painted sets for the Warner Brothers/CW television series One Tree Hill and Fox Television's Sleepy Hollow. He has worked as a scenic artist on feature films, including Jeepers Creepers, The Strangers, Iron Man 3, Masterminds and Playland (directed by Georden West, an Emerson College alumni).

Mr. Keener is the author of two books about theatrical scenic painting, Practical Painted Scenery: A Guidebook, and Scenic Compendium: Techniques, Tools & Tricks for Theatrical Scenic Painting (with Emily Curtis), both published in 2023.



B.F.A., Florida State University
M.F.A., University of Connecticut

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