Karen Kelly

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Professional Awards:
Winning portfolio in the Action and Adventure category for the Artist’s Wanted “3rd Annual International Exposure 2011 Photography Competition”, New York City. Second place winner in the Professional Artistic Category for the “2011 Equine Photographer’s Network” competition. June, 2010: Kellicut International Photo Show “Through a Lens: Energy, Strength or Power”. Half Moon Bay, California. Two images selected for exhibit and an additional image selected for the book. Honorable Mention. 2010 Juror Selection for the “Motion” exhibit at the Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, Colorado. Honorable Mention. Other: 2010, Nominated to the Hall of Fame at the Art institute of Colorado. Shows Exhibited In: Solo show at Caribou Gallery, Denver, Colorado, 2014. Featured artist featuring a fine art print of the year as well as poster and logo designer for The Great American Cowboy Art Show and Rodeo event 2013, Casper Wyoming. Gallery exhibit coming November 2013 and into 2014 at the Westmont Gallery in Montgomery, Texas. Work displayed at “Art Takes Times Square” billboard premiere event at Broadway and 43rd Street, New York City, New York. Work featured on large glittering marquee screen display and at VIP party, June 18, 2012, New York City, New York. Denver International Airport, November 2011 to March 2012, eleven photographic and giclee pieces exhibited as part of the “Romance of the Cowboy” Exhibit. Invited to participate in the Coors Western National Stock Show Art Exhibit, 2013, 2014 and 2015. Kellicut International Photo Show, June 2010, “Through a Lens: Energy, Strength or Power”, Half Moon Bay, California. Center for Fine Art Photography, 2010, “Motion” exhibit, Fort Collins, Colroado. Center for Fine Art Photography, 2008, “All Things Horses” Gallery Exhibit, Fort Collins, Colorado. Publications: Magazine article about myself and my work publlished in Fall of 2013 for the new APHA horse magazine, Chrome. Fall 2013. Magazine article about myself and my work published November 1, 2013 for The Rodeo News magazine. Cover art for Rodeo News Magazine, several issues. Art director/artist/photographer for all promotional materials etc., for the Snowmass Rodeo since 2013, includes 2 major Aspen magazines and other multiple publications in the region. Several images used in 4 magazines including Western Horseman as part of the summer campaign for the National High School Rodeo Association, 2013 – 2018. Cover artist for the International Rodeo Finals 2013 program in Oklahoma City, OK. January 2013. Cover artist for Northwest College Rodeo Gala 2013, Cody Wyoming. Invited to be featured in “Best of Artists Worldwide Photography, Volume II” book. Sold by Kennedy Publishing, to be published late 2012. Invited to be featured in a coffee table book as an “Exposure” competition winner. Issued by Artist’s Wanted, to be published late 2012. Work featured in “Summus” Magazine, Columbia. April 2012 quarterly issue. Since 2010, giclee open and limited edition prints sold internationally by Somerset Fine Art and many Dealers. Two out of three entries selected as finalists in the annual “Cowboys and Indians” magazine 2011 photo contest. One photo printed in the Collector’s Issue. Featured in multiple magazine ads, catalogs, and promotional materials 2009-2012. Work used in ads for Barrel Racing magazines, Flair LLC, Smith Brothers Catalog, Cactus Saddlery, Jergens Equine, and Bernina International. Displayed by several private collectors as well as commercial establishments such as Desperado’s Dance hall in Savanna, Georgia. Music CD cover and liner design, promotional materials and photography for musical groups based in Nashville, Tennessee, 2008-2012. Photoshop User featured in Design Showcase, 2009. Scenic images featured in Colorado, Lake Tahoe, and Monument Valley Calendars, 2007, 2008 and 2010 published by Smith-Southwestern. Teaching Experience: 1996-2002 Art Institute of Colorado/ Art Institutes Online. Taught and wrote classes for various computer applications such as Photoshop, Illustrator, Quark and Painter as well as traditional drawing and design classes. Education: Art Institute of Colorado, Associates in Visual Communications, 1995. Northern Michigan University, B.S Criminal Justice, Minor in Art and Design, 1984. Professional Memberships: National Association of Photoshop Professionals, 16 years. Center for Fine Art Photography, 5 years.


I have always been attracted to expressive and experimental styles of working which not only generates some surprises, but also affords a sense of personal freedom.
Sometimes a viewer will look twice at an image and not immediately be certain what the subject is exactly, but will definitely experience a positive feeling. I’ve had several people respond to pieces in this collection in a pure emotional fashion without even acknowledging the subject matter. Others who understand the subject matter appreciate feeling as though they are part of the action. Shooting photos digitally has proven to be invaluable in capturing rare moments of raw textured forcefulness. Continuing with a vision, I work digitally to bring out the drama in a partial painterly manner hoping to invoke feelings of a sense of connectedness.

Works by Karen Kelly

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