Kelli Scott Kelley portrait

Kelli Scott Kelley


225-578-4347 | 1800 Barnes Ogden Art & Design Complex

Art/Painting + Drawing BFA Louisiana State University
MFA University of Massachusetts

Kelli Scott Kelley is a professor of painting at the LSU School of Art. Originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Kelley received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from LSU and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. She lived in the San Francisco Bay area and in Houston, Texas, for 15 years before returning to Baton Rouge with her husband to raise their son and teach at LSU. Since 1987, her work has been primarily comprised of mixed-media narrative paintings, drawings, and objects. She has also collaborated with her husband, composer Bill Kelley, on surreal performances and video pieces. Kelley’s paintings have been exhibited in many venues including the Mesic Ve Dne Gallerie in Czeske Budejovice, Czech Republic; Bangalore University in India; the Contemporary Arts Museum and the Hooks-Epstein Gallery in Houston, Texas; the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art in Colorado; and Taylor Bercier Gallery in New Orleans, Louisiana. In 2012, Kelley was awarded a $32,000 ATLAS grant (Awards to Louisiana Artists and Scholars) to complete her project Accalia and the Swamp Monster. The traveling exhibit, Accalia and the Swamp Monster, opened in August 2014 at the LSU Museum of Art in a joint event with LSU Press, which published Kelley’s book of the same name in April 2014. Kelley regularly exhibits her work at the Baton Rouge Gallery Center for Contemporary Art.