Master of Fine Arts. University of Houston, TX 2006
Bachelor of Science. Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
Associate of Applied Science Degree, Interactive Media and Web Design The Art Institute of Houston, TX
Inundated [upcoming 7 week progressive installation]. Chapelwood UMC, Houston, TX 2014
The uncontrollable nature of grief and forgiveness (or lack there of).
Art League Houston, TX 2013
I dissolve my fabricated seatings. College of the Mainland Art Gallery, Texas City, TX 2012
Undisclosed shadows. Blinn College, Sealy, TX 2012
The edge of my unreadiness. Darke Gallery, Houston, TX 2011
Treading where no one hears the echoes of her footfall.
Women & Their Work, Austin, TX 2010
The grey area. (with Devon Moore), UTSA Satellite Space, San Antonio, TX 2010
I breathe. Kingwood Art Gallery, Lonestar College, Kingwood, TX 2009
Feet of shadows. G Gallery, Houston, TX 2009
In the space of absence. O’Quinn Gallery of Lawndale Art Center, Houston, TX 2009
Modes of conformity. Bunker Hill City Hall, Bunker Hill, TX 2007
Color Up/Color Down Russ Pitman Park, Houston, TX [upcoming] 2014
as yet untitled (grief released). I-Park, East Haddom, Connecticut. 2010
Human nature planted. Russ Pitman Park. Houston, TX 2009
Green Valentine: Suckling is continuous. Freed Park, Houston, TX, sponsored by BBAP
and Heights Beautification Project and Woodland Heights Civic Associations. 2008
Sculpture Vision XVI: Time marker/Time keeper.
Lone Star College North Harris, Houston, TX 2008
BOX 13 ArtSpace 501(c)3 founding president 2008-2011
an artist run nonprofit innovative environment for the creation and advancement of experimental
contemporary art in Houston. BOX 13 artists create this environment through the
offering of affordable workspaces for emerging and established artists, dedicating five interior
spaces to the exhibition of artistic explorations, a window gallery for installations and an outdoor
courtyard space. BOX 13 promotes dialogue among artists and the art community on
current trends affecting the arts. Currently on board as past president.
Collaborative Art Projects + Exhibitions
The right to assemble. Texas State University Art Gallery. San Marcus, TX 2012
H7: Shredded–reuse refuse :: when waste becomes art. Houston Community College
(H7–Collaborative of seven female artists initially from Houston area) 2008
BOX 13: Cohesive discord. space125gallery, Houston Arts Alliance, Houston, TX 2008
The Trojan BOX [BOX 13 ArtSpace Resident Artists’ Group Exhibition] Art League Houston, Houston 2013
The barren plains of back turned could have beens (monsters in the attic).
I-Park Artist Enclave open house, East Haddom, Connecticut 2012
Faculty Exhibition. Sam Houston State University. Huntsville, TX 2012, 2011, 2010
BOX 13 ArtSpace Resident Artists Collaborative.
Texas State University Art Gallery. San Marcus, TX 2012
The Texas Biennial 2011. [Juror: Virginia Rutledge].Austin, TX 2011
3D – Sculpture Exhibition. Clear Lake Arts Alliance, Clear Lake 2011
Exposición colectiva de artistas de Texas. Museo de Arte Moderno, Trujillo, Peru 2010
Red Hot Red Dot,.Women and Their Work. Austin, TX
Texas Biennial 2009 [Juror: Michael Duncan ].Austin, TX 2009
Hasta La Basura Se Separa [artcrush] (english: Even The Trash Separates Itself).
Centro Cultural de Nuevo Laredo, Mexico. 2008
unBOXed. Crazywood Gallery. Huntsville, TX 2008
BOX 13: Cohesive discord. space125gallery, Houston Arts Alliance, Houston, TX 2008
Shredded: Reuse refuse :: when trash becomes art. As a member of H7.
Houston Community College East Campus, Houston, TX 2008
EXPO 2008 Juried Show Juror: Terri Thornton. 500x. Dallas, TX 2008
Oklahoma Centerfold, Seven-State Biennial Exhibition. [Juror: Paul Medina] Leslie Powell Foundation and Gallery. Lawton, OK. 2008
ArtCrawl Houston 2007. CSAW, Houston, TX 2007
Seven-State Biennial Exhibition. Selected Best of Show. [Juror: Paul Medina] University Of Science And Arts of OK Art Gallery, Chickasha, OK 2007
Folds and Stacked: An exercise in restraint. CSAW, Houston, TX 2007
Unhinging the distant: a group exhibition, curator. CSAW, Houston, TX 2006
ArtCrawl Houston 2006—CSAW curator and artist. CSAW, Houston, TX 2006
University Of Houston MFA Thesis Exhibition. Blaffer Gallery, Houston, TX 2006
ArtCrawl Annual [Juror: Jennifer Jankauskas] University of Houston Sculpture Show
CSAW, Houston, TX 2005
Show Us Your Feminism. [Jurors: Terrie Sulton, Michelle Barnes, Lynn Randolph] Vine Street Studios, Houston, TX 2005
No Parking Exhibition. Aerosol Warfare Gallery, Houston, TX 2005
Cultural intonations, Consumptive rhythms, Mechanical ringing, The societal din
Audio performance. Mercy Street, Houston, TX 2005
Hung: University of Houston Sculpture Show. CSAW, Houston, TX 2005
The Big Show. [Juror: Michael Olijnyk, The Mattress Factory] Lawndale Art Center, Houston, TX 2005
The Jock Strap: A Group Exhibition. [Curator: Che] Women’s Studies Center, University of Houston, TX 2005
A Certain Voluntary Association of Artists. Robert Boyd.
www.thegreatgodpanisdead.blogspot.com, August 2013
Dean Liscum Gets His Hands Dirty. Robert Boyd.
www.thegreatgodpanisdead.blogspot.com, March 2013
Kathryn Kelley Works Through Her Monsters at Art League Houston.
Meredith Deliso. Houston Press, Jan. 2013
In the High Seat. Robert Boyd. www.thegreatgodpanisdead.blogspot.com, Feb. 2013
Kathryn Kelley’s Anxiety. Robert Boyd. www.thegreatgodpanisdead.blogspot.com 2012
Kathryn Kelley at Darke Gallery. Douglas Britt. Houston Chronicle, Sept. 2011
If you didn’t get to Austin to see the Texas Biennial.
Kelly Klaasmeyer. Houston Press, Nov. 2011
Pizza, Wine and Rubber, Courtesy of Artist Kathryn Kelley. Abby Koenig. Houston Press,
Art Attach, August. www.blogs.houstonpress.com/artattack 2011
“Texas Biennial” at 816 Congress: Office Space. Sarah Fisch. Glasstire.com, May. 2011
Art from Decay: 11 Masters of Trash, Rust & Rot. WebEcoist.com 2010
Houston artist fashions domesticity from urban refuse. Jeanne Claire van Ryzin.
Austin American Statesman, March. 2010
Interview: Kathryn Kelley: On treading where no one hears her foot fall. Claire Ruud.
Fluent-collaborative, Issue 144, March. 2010
Review: CAMH’s No Zoning suffers from, well, zoning. Douglas Britt.
Houston Chronicle Fine Arts, September 24, 2009 Edition. 2009
John Chamberlain influence is seen around town. Douglas Britt.
Houston Chronicle Zest, June 21, 2009 Edition. 2009
Kathy Kelley Living Arts Interview 90.1 KPFT
Michael Woodson, and Marcela Descalzi. Houston, June 12, 2009. 2009
Kathy Kelley finds her niche: discovered sculptures in grad school.
Douglas Britt. Houston Chronicle, June 6, 2009 Edition. 2009
New Doors: Green scene, clouds on canvas, and crocheted taxidermy.
PaperCity, November 2008 Edition. Houston, TX 2008
ArtSlant: Rackroom–Interview with Kathy Kelley by ArtSlant Team.
www.ArtSlant.com/global/artists/rackroom, May 5, 2008 Edition. 2008
MyArtSpace featured artists of the week. www.myartspace.com/weekly/week080621.html
June 21, 2008 Edition. 2008
Art goes green in Houston by Tria Wood. ArtsHouston Magazine April 2008 Ed. 2008
Of wallpaper & other repeating patterns by J R Compton. DallasArtsRevue.com. 2008
Seven State Biennial by Kelsey Karper. Art Focus Oklahoma, Volume 23, No. 1 2008
For whom the bell crawls by Bill Davenport. Glasstire.com – Houston Artletter/blog. 2007
Mixed-media wall hanging wins competition. John Brandenburg The Oklahoman
November 4, Chickasha, Oklahoma 2007
Local artist gets lost in beauty of found objects by Andrea Sutton
Memorial Examiner News Online, Friday, January 19, Houston, TX 2007
Graphic design students challenge trends by Dusti Rhodes
The Daily Cougar, Volume 71, Issue 128, Houston, TX 2006
KUHF Front Row review with Dr. Elizabeth Gregory and Alison Young
Show Us Your Feminism Exhibition, Oct. 21, 2005,
Houston, TX 2005
KUHF Front Row interview with Alison Young
The Big Show, Lawndale Art Center, July 18, 2005, Houston, TX 2005
AWARDS + HONORS + RESIDENCIES
Vermont Studio Center Fully Funded Fellowship, Artist Residency. Vermont. 2013
Integrative Teaching Internation Educator Showcase: Kathryn Kelley
ThinkTank 7: Foundations Now, participant and white paper Future Forward Now
http://integrativeteaching.org/future-forward School of the Art Institute of Chicago 2012
I-Park Artist Enclave One Month Funded Artist Residency. Connecticut. 2012
Darke Gallery Artist Residency. Houston, TX 2011
ThinkTank 6, participant [focused on expanding theory and improve the practice of teaching
art in the 21st century], Athens, GA. 2011
Texas Biennial 2009+2011.
[ Jurors: Michael Duncan/Virginia Rutledge] Austin, TX 2011+2009
I-Park Artist Enclave One Month Funded Artist Residency. Connecticut. 2010
Emerging Artist Fellowship. Houston Arts Alliance [Grant] 2008
Best of Show. Seven-State Biennial Exhibition. Juror: Paul Medina.
University Of Science And Arts of OK Art Gallery, Chickasha, OK 2007
Honors Associated with Master of Fine Arts:
Graduate Teaching Fellow, University of Houston, College of Art 2003–2006
Bunker Graduate Fellowship in Art 2003–2006
Spring 2003 Portfolio Best of Show. The Art Institute of Houston, TX 2003
Ebby Award Campaign Artwork for Sermon Series 2003
National Association of Photoshop Professionals, NAPP
Guru Award Finalist for General Photoshop and Web Design 2001
Listening in the Gaps: Writing Workshop. Facilitator. Houston, TX 2014
Graduate Field Advisor Goucher College, MD 2013
Visiting Assistant Professor of Art WASH [Workshop in Art Studio + History 1/2010-5/2013 Foundations Program] Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX
Lecturer Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX 2009-2010
Drawing I, 2-D Basic Design I & II (Foundations)
Public Art Panelist for selection of works for Lady Bird Boardwalk, 2011
Austin Art in Public Places, Austin, TX
BOX 13 ArtSpace founding member and president. Houston, TX 2008–2011
CSAW Main Gallery Coordinator. Houston, TX 2006–2007
Affiliate Artist (2007), Teaching Fellow (2003-2006) University of Houston, 2003–2007
College of Art, Houston, TX Fundamentals of Design, Drawing for Graphics
Intermediate Graphics, Software for Graphic Design.
Interactive Media Instructor. The Art Institute of Houston, TX 2003–2007
2-D Animation [Flash], Interactive Web Design [Flash], Presentation Authoring
Freelance Design and Interactive Media. Houston, TX 2002–2006
Art Director + Designer. Chapelwood UMC, Houston, TX 2000–2001
Director of Communication. Chapelwood UMC, Houston, TX 1995–2000
Student Critiques. College of the Mainland, Texas City, TX 2013
Trojan BOX. Art League Houston, TX 2013
The uncontrollable nature of grief and forgiveness. Art League Houston, TX 2013
The healing arts. Art League Houston, TX 2013
Speakeasy: Grand Theft Art-O, Contemporary Art Museum Houston, TX 2012
Dark Gallery, Houston, TX 2011
Looking at Art (3 lectures), Dark Gallery, Houston, TX 2011
Gaddis Geeslin Gallery SHSU, Huntsville, TX 2011
Clear Lake Arts Alliance, Clear Lake, TX 2011
Women & Their Work, Austin, TX 2010
LoneStar College, Kingwood Campus, Kingwood, TX 2009
The Artist SPEAKeasy, sponsored by SpaceTaker.org. Houston, TX 2009
Looking at Art, Lawndale Art Center, Houston, TX 2009
In the space of absence, Lawndale Art Center, Houston, TX 2009
Cohesive Discord, Houston Arts Alliance, Houston, TX 2008
North Harris College, Houston, TX 2008
The Big Show, Lawndale Art Center, Houston, TX 2005
Paper Presentation, Design in the Community AIGA Design Educators Conference,
Schools of Thoughts 2. Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, California 2005
Integrative Teaching International: ThinkTank 6 Learning Partnerships: Distributive
Leadership in the Foundation Classroom team. University of Georgia. 2011
Personal Essay Workshop participant [upcoming]. Inprint | Henk Rossouw 2014
Poetry Writing Workshop participant. Inprint | Justine Post 2013
Mania of making, mania of the mind, that excessive compulsion to question, push, make, and
create, is worth harvesting, expanding, directing and releasing. As artist educator within foundations,
my role in this process is to cultivate a sensitivity to listening. I see this listening as
rather all encompassing and enabling of an awareness of self, others, materialities, processes and
practice, traditions, physical, social and historical contexts, passions, subject matter, methodologies,
and so on. This kind of perceptiveness requires me to equip students with a capacity to
dwell inside and alongside of things and thinking so that making becomes a reflection of their
listening. Access to the rhythms that come from deep listening allows what might otherwise
remain submerged and unseen to manifest in ways that become meaningful. I have taught in
the sciences, faith and the arts—each a creative endeavor and fundamentally parallel in the
need for this sensitivity to listening, connecting, and acting upon.
Deep listening, connecting and making actually requires a high degree of risk taking, openness
to critical feedback and dialog, as well as, exposure to failure. This artistic risky behavior, openness,
and exposure are cultivated through a series of communal and curricular factors.
Beginning in the very first studio, it is critical to build in forms of interaction that emotionally
tether the students to one another and to their sense of belonging within the program. A resiliency
that allows the studio experience of experimentation, tight timelines, heavy workloads
and critical dialogue to be pushed further than when students’ function as isolated agents is
foster by the development of strong studio peer attachments. Attachments are initially accelerated
when classroom norms are disrupted through a series of non-graded tasks that bring the
students into opinionated mini monologues about the arts, extremely close physical proximity
via a small team task, team performance of task, and laughter, followed with a larger group
critical dialogue exploring the discrepancies between team intent and viewer perception. These
forms of connections, teams, tasks, and dialogues set the stage to implement an intense curriculum
and work practice that peaks curiosity, promotes artistic risk taking, critical dialogue,
and physical engagement.
Built into the scope and sequence of the curriculum are the practices of successful artistic
deep listening, connecting and making—research, idea development, capacity to harvest from
personal passions, critical reflection and discourse, collaborative unpacking of discrepancies
between intent and outcome, deconstruction and adaption of working processes, work ethic,
time management, opportunities for multiple iterations of a single concept or materiality,
attention to craftsmanship, and professional presentation of work. Traditional attention to
design elements and principles and craft are attended to but in ways that supports and emphasizes
the habits of perceptiveness and process.
These deep listening, connecting, and making habits are not only the key to successful art
careers but they are highly portable and will transfer to other potential job/life activities that
the artist may embrace to support their artistic practice.