Kelly Taylor Mitchell centers oral histories woven into the fabric of the Africana Diaspora, specifically related to concepts of land tenure, territorial claims, community autonomy, swamp marronage, and inherited identity. Her work manifests as immersive installations 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 and her practice are deeply tied to familial roots in Virginia, North Carolina, Alabama, and Pennsylvania. Her interdisciplinary practice spans printmaking, papermaking, installation, book arts and sculpture. She has completed residencies at The Minnesota Center for Book Arts and Anderson Ranch Arts Center. She is an upcoming artist-in-residence at The Women’s Studio Workshop in Rosendale, New York. Her work is in the collections of The RISD Museum, Providence Public Library, Fleet Library Special Collections, Minnesota Center for the Book Arts, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. A selection of her gallery and museum shows include: Not Gallery, Austin Texas; Anderson Brickler Gallery, Tallahassee, Florida, Second State Press, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Meek Eaton Black Archives and Museum, Tallahassee, Florida, Project Row House, Houston, Texas, and RISD Museum, Providence, Rhode Island. Kelly has taught and mentored in community and academic contexts including: The Rhode Island School of Design, Virginia Commonwealth University, New Urban Arts (Providence), and The Visual Arts Center of Richmond. She received her BFA in Printmaking from Tufts and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts; and her MFA in Printmaking from The Rhode Island School of Design with a certificate in Collegiate Teaching. Kelly is currently lives and works in Atlanta, GA where she is an Assistant Professor of Art and Visual Culture and The Art Program Director at Spelman College.

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