Originally from Belfast, N. Ireland, Angela Kelly came to the US from the UK originally to serve as a Visiting Artist at the School of the Art Institute, Chicago. She holds a degree in Art Education from Mary Ward College and a M.F.A in Photography from Columbia College. Previous pieces have been about using her photographs to address the social contexts of female culture, issues of home and familial relationships. Her recent work examines the “nature of a conceptually driven visual language that is embedded with literary references, textual ambiguities and social and political contradictions.”
Her art work is included in international collections worldwide, including: The Center for Creative Photography, Tucson; The Art Institute of Chicago; The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation; The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; The Historical Society, Chicago; The Arts Council of London, UK, as well as several private collections. She has received grants and fellowships from The Arts Council of Great Britain and N. Ireland, the Arts Mid-West National Endowment for the Arts, the Illinois Arts Council, the Focus Infinity Fund, as well as faculty development, FEAD grants from RIT and a Chancellor’s artist in residence fellowship from the University of New Orleans.
Her curatorial work debuted at Hayward Gallery, London. She continued curating while the vice-chair of exhibitions at Randolph St. Gallery, Chicago. She has lectured widely on her work in both England and the US. Currently an associate professor at RIT Rochester, she has served on the executive committees of the National Board of Directors of the Society of Photographic Education, on the International Fulbright Photography committee in NYC, as well photography panels at NYFA, NY and the Arts Council of Gt. Britain.
Kelly is currently an associate professor at RIT in Rochester, NY.