Ryan Kelly, MFA

he/him, Associate Professor

About

Education:  BFA in Ceramics, Kansas City Art Institute; MFA, The Ohio State University. 

Ryan W. Kelly is an Assistant Professor of Art, teaching Ceramics and Foundations at WWU.  Before to coming to Western Ryan was a Visiting Assistant Professor at The Ohio State University in Ceramics and Foundations.  Prior to that he lived and worked in Philadelphia, where he was a resident artist at The Clay Studio; a recipient of an Independence Foundation Fellowship, and a co-curator at Practice Gallery. His collaborations in dance and theater include credits in the Green Porno series by Isabella Rossellini.

Ryan’s studio practice ranges from performance and video to object based installations.  He draws inspiration from American mythology, historical inaccuracies and the curious story telling that finds its way into our material culture and decorative arts.  He celebrates the myopic strangeness often preserved in our souvenirs, monuments and commemorations.

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a self portrait of Ryan in the form of a broken pinata on the ground