Kelli Scott Kelley
Studio Art Professor, LSU School of Art
in Baton Rouge
Kelli Scott Kelley was born in Baton Rouge, LA. She received her MFA from University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She left Baton Rouge for 15 years, living in the San Francisco Bay area and Houston. She then returned to her home state with her husband, composer Bill Kelley to raise their son and teach painting at Louisiana State University. Since 1990, her work has been primarily comprised of mixed -media narrative paintings, drawings and objects. She has also collaborated with Bill Kelley on surreal performances and video pieces.
Kelley's paintings have been exhibited in many venues including: The Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans, Galerie Califi at ArtMill Center for Sustainable Creativity, Mirenice, Czech Republic; Bangalore University in Bangalore, India; the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston, and Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art in Boulder, CO; Hooks-Epstein Gallery in Houston, as well as, Taylor Bercier Gallery and LeMeiux Gallery in New Orleans. Her work is represented by Koelsch Gallery in Houston and Soren Christensen Gallery in New Orleans.
In 2012 Kelley was awarded a $32,000.00 ATLAS Grant (Awards to Louisiana Artists and Scholars) to complete her project Accalia and the Swamp Monster. An exhibit of the artworks opened September 2014 at the LSU Museum of Art in a joint event with LSU Press, publisher of her book Accalia and the Swamp Monster. An exhibit of the wortk opened in 2014 a5t LSU Museum of art and then traveled Bradbury Museum of Art, the Jung Center Gallery in Houston, and the Masur Museum of Art and the Michelson Art Museum. Kelley is a Painting Professor in the School of Art at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. Her work can be seen on her web site at www.kelliscottkelley.com and on Instagram at kelli.kelley.