Stacey Ward Kelly believes that art making is an exchange of creativity and material, of thought and process, of artist and meaning. Ms. Ward Kelly presents her work at regional, national and international art education conferences where she enjoys blending the boundaries of making, learning, and participation. She is interested in the intersection where process meets accessibility and encourages participation so that interactions form and connections are made which take on new meanings in the art and learning spaces we create.
Her work is project based, collaborative and conceptual exploring concepts of identity, socially engaged art practice and valuing the self. Her teaching focuses on offering opportunities for co-constructivist learning with project-based essential question driven curriculum whereby her students act as collaborators. She has an M.Ed. in Art Education from Lesley University and an MA in Artist Teachers and Contemporary Practice from Goldsmiths College at the University of London. Her contemporary art curriculum design has enabled her to work both within museums such as Dia:Beacon in New York's Hudson Valley, and as a teaching artist and museum education consultant with the Jewish Museum of London, Ben Uri Gallery. Selected for the pilot art21 Educators program, she has been actively teaching with contemporary art for over a decade. She lives with her wife and daughter in Oakland, CA.
I met one of my creative heroins, SARK, a few years ago at the Omega Institute. I took a creative writing workshop from her and before meeting me, she meditated on my name (and all the attendees) before making us each our own brightly colored "titled" name cards. When I got to the check-in table, mine read: "Visionary Stacey". I've been enjoying using my SARK-given name whenever I can ever since. I've found that in a very real way it encapsulates my life's work, my art, and pedagogical practice.