Jeff Key was born and raised in San Francisco, California. He received his B.A in Communications and Public Policy from the University of California at Berkeley in 1969, his B.F.A. from UC-Berkeley in 1970, and his M.F.A. from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1972. Jeff taught Media Arts and Sculpture at the Head-Royce School in Oakland from 1974-2010 where he also served as the Chair of the Fine Arts Department.
In 2009 Jeff founded Media Enterprise Alliance (MEA/Youth Beat), a non-profit that provides inner-city Oakland students the opportunity to study digital media. Jeff served as Executive Director of MEA until his retirement in 2016. He currently serves on the MEA/Youth Beat Advisory Board.
Jeff Key’s sculpture can be found in the following collections:
Lafayette Library and Learning Center, Lafayette, CA,
Rene DiRosa Preserve, Napa, CA
University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh, WI
Netscape Communications, Mountain View, CA
Cadence Design Systems/3 Com Corp, San Jose, CA,
Clorox Corporation, Oakland, CA, and
First Federal Bank of San Rafael, CA.