About the Artist / CV

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Biography

Born and raised in and around Milwaukee, WI, Kelli graduated from UW-Milwaukee with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in both Painting and Metalsmithing. After completing school she worked at the Milwaukee Art Museum for thirteen years as an Art Preparator/Gallery Technician. This was a fine job, but not the life-long calling she had been searching for.


Mentally ready to take the plunge, Kelli became a full-time professional Artist in 2014. Oil and acrylic paintings are her main passion, but you will find her dabbling in other mediums as well including knitting, jewelry making, and graphic designing. You can find her selling her artwork at a variety of art fairs and maker markets in Wisconsin throughout the year.

 

She is inspired by nature and the great outdoors, and hope her work conveys the feelings of inspiration, peace, and rejuvenation to those who take a moment to view it. It's a way to remind the viewer (and herself) that every day is a new day, a new start, a new beginning, and a new chance to live your best life.

Education

2000 BFA, Drawing & Painting, Jewelry & Metals, UW-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI

 

Awards/Recognition

2021 Purchase Award, Holy Hill Arts & Crafts Fair, Hubertus, WI

2019 Featured Artist for Art Fair Off the Square, Madison, WI

2017 Third Place 2-D Art, Sheboygan Fine Art Fair, Sheboygan, WI

Selected Exhibitions

  • Art in Bloom, Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI: 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015

  • Mini Art Show, ArtBar, Milwaukee, WI: 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014

  • Art Fair Off the Square, Madison, WI: 2021, 2019, 2018, 2017

  • Winter Art Fair Off the Square, Madison, WI:  2021, 2019, 2018, 2016

  • Starving Artists' Show, Mount Mary University, Wauwatosa, WI: 2021, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014

  • Morning Glory Art Fair, Milwaukee, WI: 2021, 2019

  • Art & Chalk Fest, Museum of Wisconsin Art, West Bend, WI: 2019, 2017

  • Midsummer Festival of Arts, Kohler Center for the Arts, Sheboygan, WI: 2019, 2018, 2017

  • Agora Art Fair, Fitchburg, WI: 2021, 2018

  • West Shore Art Fair, Ludington, MI: 2019

  • Spring Green Art Fair, Spring Green, WI: 2019

  • Monument Square Art Fair, Racine, WI: 2019, 2018, 2016

  • Ballyhoo at the Zoo, Racine, WI: 2021

  • Holy Hill Arts & Crafts Fair, Hubertus, WI: 2021, 2019, 2017

  • Bucktown Art Fest, Chicago, IL: 2018, 2017

  • Firefly Art Fair, Wauwatosa, WI: 2018, 2015, 2014

  • Third Ward Art Festival, Milwaukee, WI: 2017

  • Art in the Village, Winnetka, IL: 2017

  • Sturgeon Bay Fine Art Fair, Sturgeon Bay, WI: 2017

  • UW-SP Festival of the Arts, UW-SP, Stevens Point, WI: 2017

  • Gallery Night & Day, Iron Horse Hotel, Milwaukee, WI: 2016

  • Shorewood Plein Air, Shorewood, WI: 2016

  • South Shore Frolics, Bay View, WI: 2016

  • Artist Marketplace, Museum of Wisconsin Art, West Bend, WI: 2015

  • Lakefront Artist Fair, Racine, WI: 2015

  • "Living Color" Exhibition, Urban Ecology Center - Riverside Park: 2019

  • The Modern Landscape, Redline Gallery, Milwaukee, WI: 2018

  • Gallery Night & Day, Elle Studio & Wellness, Milwaukee, WI: 2018

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