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Kelly Taylor Mitchell
Kelly Taylor Mitchell (b. 1994) is an artist and educator who lives and works in Atlanta, GA where she is currently an Artist-in-Residence with the Studio Artist Program at The Atlanta Contemporary. Kelly is an Assistant Professor of Art and Visual Culture and the Art Program Director at Spelman College. Kelly’s multidisciplinary practice centers oral history and ancestral memory woven into the fabric of the Africana Diaspora, in order to present speculative futures, specifically related to concepts of community autonomy, swamp marronage, and inherited identity. Utilizing printmaking, papermaking, sculpture, and textiles her work manifests as immersive installations, performative objects, and partnered artists books offering a venue for the sensorial –specifically smell- to connect to, convey, and reimagine rituals and rites of autonomous kin, collectives, and individuals of the Africana Diaspora. Kelly has participated in residencies at The Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, and is an upcoming resident at Women’s Studio Workshop. She holds an MFA in Printmaking from The Rhode Island School of Design and a BFA in Printmaking from Tufts University and The School of the Museum of Fine Arts.