Lauren Kelley holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Lauren was named a 2011 Louis Comfort Tiffany Award recipient and, in 2007, was presented an inaugural Altoids Award through the New Museum. Kelley currently is the Associate Director of Curatorial Programs with the Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art and Storytelling opening in Harlem in 2015. She has been a resident of the Skowhegan School, the MFAH Glassell School’s Core Program and the Studio Museum in Harlem. This year the artist is also a resident at the Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation’s Studio Program. Her work has been exhibited in such venues as the New Museum, Spelman College Museum of Fine Arts, Sikkema Jenkins & Co. and the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. Reviews of her work have appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Art:21 Blog, Art in America, ArtLies and Houston Chronicle.
Holiday Way is a stop-motion animated video series based on short, fictional narratives that are set either in or around the Valentine’s Day, Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons. The eight distinct narratives, each under 30 minutes in length, are set to air on a community access television station. The series will run regularly over the course of sixteen weeks, including one-time reruns. An abbreviated version of this series will also be available for view through a museum Internet platform. Holiday Way will incorporate the script writing talents of screenwriter Erika Kelley and artist Martine Syms. Martine’s work examines assumptions of contemporary America, particularly the way that identity and memory are transformed by the shifting boundaries of business and culture. Erika’s projects have been viewed on YouTube, HGTV and in conjunction with Baltimore Magazine.