Joan Marie Kelly

Included in New Member Exhibition August 18 – 29, 2015


2011 Invitational Exhibition at Blue Mountain Gallery:  Zones of Conflict

Joan Marie Kelly exhibits and publishes internationally. Her creative work emanates from ethnographical practices such as “fieldwork”. She is a social art practitioner implementing participatory art workshops since 2009 with sex workers in Kolkata India as the founder of ‘The Kolkata Women’s Dialogue.’

She works to sustain endangered languages with three linguists, Lauren Gawne, Alexander Coupe and Frantisek Kratochvil. In each linguist’s focus area she creates artistic engagement with members of the host communities. The focus of the workshops is to expose and gain understanding of visual iconography embedded in the culture of the host community.

Joan teaches at Nanyang Technological University, School of Art Design and Media in Singapore, since 2005.

She attended Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore and graduated Magna Cum laude with a BFA in Painting. Kelly received a MFA in Painting at Western Connecticut State. While in the USA besides painting many mural commissions, selling and exhibiting work, Kelly founded and directed an art studio for adults with disabilities. This studio is still successful today. Her introduction to Asia began in 1986 when she traveled to Indonesia carrying the pictures, letters and money from Indonesia foreign workers in New York to their families on Java. Presently, this thread has continued through portraits of people on the fringes of society in Asia. Her most recent exhibitions include solo exhibition at Blue Mountain Gallery New York City, titled, “The Public Art of Joan Kelly: Zones of Conflict, solo exhibition Oresman Gallery Smith College Mass. titled “Brothels of Rabindra Sarani, Portraits of Twenty Women” , and solo Exhibition title: “Initial Encounters” in the Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, Curator, Alka Pande, the 2012, Biennale D’Arte Internationale Di Roma, Sale del Bramante and group exhibition, and group exhibition “Women” Ahuja, Museum for the Arts, Kolkata India, Curator Anvita Singh

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