Kelly O'Brien is an Associate Professor of Contemporary Sculptural Practices at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, WI, and is an MFA Mentor at Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) in MN. O'Brien has her MFA in Sculpture from Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA as well as a BFA in sculpture, BFA in painting, and BA in philosophy from Buffalo State College, NY.
Recent accomplishments include a McKnight Visual Artist Fellowship, nomination for a Joan Mitchell award, a solo show review in ARTFORUM.com, and a feature in New American Paintings, Midwest. Solo shows include Hamline University in St. Paul, SooVAC in Minneapolis, Day&Night Gallery in Atlanta, GA, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT and The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, WI.
Commissions include a mixed media installation at the Minneapolis Institute of Art(Mia), Minneapolis, MN, an educational installation for The Alliance Theater at the Woodruff Art Center, Atlanta, GA, and a stage Installation for TEDxTalk, at TEDxPeachtree.