Kelley O’Brien
Greensboro, North Carolina
Kelley O’Brien is an interdisciplinary artist working between the American Midwest and Ireland. With her background in Architecture and Design Kelley’s work negotiates boundaries defined between humans and the natural world. She has exhibited at the University of the Philippines, National College of Art and Design in Dublin as well as SPACES, Transformer Station, McDonough Museum of Art and Richmond Arts Collective in the United States. Kelley has been awarded grants from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Ohio Arts Council, Wexford Arts Council, and a Fulbright Scholarship to the Philippines. Additionally, she has attended residencies at Green Papaya Art Space in the Philippines, the Irish Museum of Art in Dublin, Laboratory in Spokane, and the Scottish Sculpture Workshop in Lumsden. Her artistic practice extends into her academic and curatorial research through collaborative projects with Francis Halsall under the title “Mapping Systems.” Collectively they have held workshops, lecture courses, and curated residencies in Ireland, the United States and the Philippines.
Kelley O’Brien curates The Muted Horn, a non-institutional project space in Cleveland that exhibits regional, national, and international artists, focusing on expanded practices.