Forest Kelley, Michael's Cabin, 1983/1998, 2012, 30 x 40 inches, photographs and screw
The Photography area welcomes its newest Fellow Forest Kelley. The Fellow in Photography is an ongoing program at the School of Art that provides a year of teaching and support for a recent MFA graduate. Kelley is a photographer with teaching experience who will contribute to all aspects of the photo community.
The Photography Fellow program provides recent MFA graduates with an opportunity to teach and research in the robust and active community of the Photography department. The School of Art has hosted seven fellows in the eight years since the program was established. Fellows are mentored by faculty and encouraged to utilize the facilities and resources of the School to create work for a solo exhibition in the spring semester of their first year.
Kelley received an MFA in Photography from the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, RI. For the past three years, he has taught photography, digital art, and time-based media at institutions including Virginia Commonwealth University, the University of Rochester, and Syracuse University. With a practice that ranges from subjective documentary photography to installations based in video and repurposed web code, Kelley's work considers the friction between subjectivity and culture—how personal psychology lives within a social ecology. His most prominent project, Michael, imagines the history of his uncle, an artist and gay man who was found dead at the base of a rock ledge—a presumed suicide—on June 14th, 1985, shortly after the first test for HIV antibody was licensed by the Food and Drug Administration. Kelley is currently editing this work for a book that he plans to complete in 2018. Learn more on the artist's website.