Keliy Anderson-Staley grew up off the grid in Maine, studied photography in New York City and is an associate professor of photography at the University of Houston. Her work has been exhibited at Akron Art Museum, Bronx Museum of Art, California Museum of Photography, National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian and Ogden Museum of Southern Art. She has had major solo exhibitions at Morris Museum of Art in Augusta, GA; Society for Photographic Education in Cleveland; SFO Museum, San Francisco, CA; Southeast Museum of Photography, Daytona, FL; and University of Maine Museum of Art, Bangor, ME. Her work is in the collections of Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Library of Congress, Museum of Fine Arts-Houston, and the Portland Museum of Art.
Anderson-Staley’s projects have been funded by grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts, George and Eliza Gardner Howard Foundation, Sustainable Arts Foundation and the Puffin Foundation. She was a recipient of the Carol Crow Memorial Fellowship from the Houston Center for Photography and the Clarence John Laughlin award from the New Orleans Photo Alliance. She has twice been awarded an individual artist grant from the Houston Arts Alliance. Her book of tintype portraits, On a Wet Bough, was published by Waltz Books.
Anderson-Staley’s work has been written about in the New York Times, New Yorker, Boston Globe, Photograph, Art New England, Camerawork and Philadelphia Inquirer. In 2016, she completed a major public commission for the Greater Cleveland Rapid Transit Association and the Cleveland Foundation, producing a series of 50 portraits that were installed in the rapid train tunnel at the Cleveland Hopkins airport. In 2019, a grouping of 19 of her portraits was permanently installed in Terminal C of George Bush Intercontinental Airport. She is represented by Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago, IL.