MFA, Hunter College, New York, NY
BA, Hampshire College, Amherst, MA
Keliy Anderson-Staley came to the University of Houston after teaching at universities in Arkansas and New Jersey and at the Center for Alternative Photography in New York City. She works in color film and a range of historic photographic processes, including wet-plate collodion. Anderson-Staley’s current work deals with photographic history and its relationship to our cultural perception of identity. Her earlier color project, Off the Grid chronicles the lives of a number of families—including her parents in her childhood home—in northern Maine living without electricity or running water. She is also interested in installation art that makes use of photographic media.
Anderson-Staley’s projects have been funded by grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Howard Foundation (administered through Brown University) and the Puffin Foundation. In 2010 she was an artist-in-residence at Light Work in Syracuse, NY and the work she produced there was published as a solo issue of their journal, Contact Sheet. Anderson-Staley’s work has been exhibited in museums and galleries around the country, including the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian, the California Museum of Photography and the Bronx Museum of Art. Her work is included in the collections of the Library of Congress, Southeast Museum of Photography, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts-Houston and the Portland Museum of Art (Maine). Her work has been written about and reviewed in the New York Times, New Yorker, Boston Globe, Photo District News, ARTnews, B&W Magazine (UK), Camerawork, Philadelphia Inquirer and Oxford American, which named her one of “100 superstars of Southern art.” Her forthcoming book of tintype portraits, On a Wet Bough, will be published by Waltz Books.