Angela Kelly is an artist, educator and an active member of the international arts community. Originally from Belfast, N. Ireland, she has taught on the faculty at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the University of Chicago, the University of Illinois and Columbia College, Manchester Polytechnic and Nelson and Colne College, England. Currently she is a tenured Associate Professor at RIT, Rochester, NY where she serves as the MFA Coordinator of Imaging Arts Photography program. In 2011-12, she will be on professional leave to pursue her art and scholarly work and lecture in England.
Selections from a recent portfolio: Catharsis: Images of Post-Conflict Belfast was presented on the panel, Photography After the Fact at the College Art Association in Chicago 2010. In August 2009 she was an artist in residence at the Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts.In August 2011, she was invited as an artist in residence to the Burren College of Art, where she began new research for a new body of work she is creating on place and memory: Walking a Path to Nowhere: the Politics and Poetics of Place. A member of the Society for Photographic Education, her photographic series, Poem for Virginia Woolf was included in the Women’s Caucus of SPE exhibition, Poetry, Science and the Photograph at the Trois Gallery, Atlanta in March 2011 and will be shown at North Light Gallery, Tempe, Arizona in the September, 2011. She is scheduled to present as an image maker at the SPE national conference in San Francisco in March 2012. A selection of her post -Katrina photographs, Aftermath 2008- were included in the 2009 exhibition and in the exhibit Some things just stick in your mind, at RIT, Rochester NY. In 2007 she exhibited at the Ping Yau Photography Festival in China. In September 2011, she will attend the 3rd International Photography Festival, Dali, Yunnan Province, China where Catharsis: Images of Post Conflict Belfast is on display as a featured exhibition.
Angela Kelly has received grants and fellowships from the Arts Mid West, National Endowment for the Arts, the Illinois Arts Council, The Focus Infinity Fund, Chicago, the Arts Council of Gt. Britain as well as faculty development grants from RIT and the University of New Orleans La, for her photographic work.
Her photographs are included in international collections worldwide, including: The Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Mac Arthur Foundation, The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, The Historical Society, Chicago, The Rockford Art Museum, Illinois, Kansas City Art Institute, The High Museum Atlanta, and The Arts Council of London, UK, as well as several private collections.
Her essay, Self -Image: The Personal is Political, was re- published in the photography theory text book, The Photography Reader, Routledge Press, Winter 2003. She is included in Naomi Rosenblum’s book, A History of Women Photographers, 2010.