Kelly M O'Brien

A Cover for Some Secret Fragility, 2019, Wolle, Glas, Aluminium, 40 x 80 x 15 cm

This May Be Under the Stated Weight (Aftermath), 2019, Steel, glass, paper, thread,

tulle, plastic. 230 x 350 x 122 cm

Hold the Emotional Space, 2019, Glas, Faden, Tüll, 54 x 16 x 12 cm




Born 1963 in Norfolk, Virginia, USA

Master of Arts, Human Development, George Washington University, Washington, DC, USA

Bachelor of Arts, International Studies and French, Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, USA

Master of Fine Art, Bath Spa University, Bath, United Kingdom (2019)


Selected Exhibitions



Galerie Uhn, Königstein, Germany


Bath Spa University

Locksbrook Gallery, Bath, UK

Centrespace, Bristol, UK

MA Degree Show, Bath

Spa University, Bath, UK

Wells Art Contemporary, Wells, UK

Kunstverein Familie Montez, Frankfurt, Germany

Atkinson Gallery, Street, UK

44AD Art Space, Bath, UK


Galerie Uhn, Königstein, Germany

Centrespace, Bristol, UK

Black Swan, Frome, UK

MFA Interim Show, Bath Spa University, Bath, UK

The Cells Residency, Trowbridge, UK


Black Swan, Frome, UK

Stadtgalerie, Bad Soden, Germany

Galerie Uhn, Königstein, Germany

ACEarts Gallery, Somerton, UK

44AD Art Space, Bath, UK

Lifespan Cancer Center, East Greenwich, RI, US


grassgrün, Frankfurt, Germany


Women and Infants Hospital, Providence, RI, US

44AD Art Space, Bath, UK

Royal United Hospital, Bath, UK

Bristol Art Museum, Bristol, RI, US

Galerie Uhn, Königstein, Germany

The National Institutes of Health Gallery, Bethesda, MD, US

Hoxie Gallery, Westerly Library, Westerly, RI, US

Candita Clayton Gallery, Pawtucket, RI, US


Printmakers Inc, Alexandria, VA, US

Moitié Gallery, Providence Art Club, Providence, RI, US

grassgrün, Frankfurt, Germany

Galerie Uhn, Königstein, Germany


Gallery Art Alley, Sofia, Bulgaria

Red Door Gallery, Aix-en-Provence, France

Institut d‘Etudes Politiques, Aix-en-Provence, France




University of California,

Irvine Library Special Collections, Irvine, CA

Corcoran College of Art Collections Library, Washington, DC

Cornell University, Johnson Museum of Art, Ithaca, NY

George Mason University, Fairfax, VA

Library of Congress, Washington, DC

Lifespan Comprehensive Cancer Center, East Greenwich, RI

Rhode Island College, Providence, RI

Women and Infants Hospital, Providence, RI




Residency, PADA, 2020

H I X Award, shortlisted 2019

Ruskin Prize, longlisted 2019

Harbutt Fund Bursary 2019

Residency, Trowbridge Arts 2018




Encountering Commercial Installations, Sendpoints Publishing Co., Ltd, Guangdong, China (Fall 2015)

Julie Chen, editor, 500 Handmade Books, Lark Books, Asheville, North Carolina, USA

Sandra Salamony, editor, 1,000 Artists' Books: Exploring the Book as Art, Quarry Books, San Francisco, California