Kevin Kelly has produced a number of series that present both humorous and serious critiques of mediated images of landscape. In his practice, Kelly is interested in creating an accessible psychological and physical space that includes the viewer as an observer and participant. Though he was trained as a painter and produces numerous canvases, Kelly creates his works via an interdisciplinary practice. He is intrigued by the crossover of the aesthetics carried from one media to another. These natural history landscape projects reveal the sometimes ambiguous frontiers between culture and nature. Kelly's interactive web museum presents some of the landscapes, city-scapes, space-scapes, dioramas, aqua-scapes, body-scapes, and psyche-scapes that he has been creating since studying at the Jan Van Eyck Akademie in 1987, Maastricht, The Netherlands.
A Brief History of Professor Kevin Kelly 2019
Professor Kevin Kelly has a Masters Degree from Rutgers University, (New Jersey State University just outside of New York City), did post Academic training at the Jan Van Eych Akademie in Masstricht, Holland and completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Victoria.
As a full time Professor at the University of Manitoba he has specialized in the areas of Painting and Open Media since 2003. As part of his service at the U of M he has served as the Head of Painting and as the Graduate Chair.
He has had more than 100 art exhibits nationally and internationally, including shows in New York, Japan, Brazil, China, India, Switzerland and several galleries across Canada. Kelly has received over 20 research grants from various granting bodies and has been reviewed in over 70 magazines, newspapers and/or other media including television and radio. He speaks three languages including Brazilian, Portuguese and French.
He has lived in a variety of countries; Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, USA, New York, Miami, Holland, Maastricht, and has resided in multiple cities across Canada; Winnipeg, Montreal, Victoria and Edmonton. Kelly has been very enthusiastic about his residency programs situated in Spain, China, Holland, Quebec and at the Banff center for the Arts in Alberta.
He has enjoyed the challenges of curating a number of exhibitions.
He is very proud of his teaching history at the U of Manitoba, Florida International U, U of Lethbridge, at Rutgers U and at the Bishops U. In total has been educated or taught at 8 Universities.