Colleen Kiely

Painting / Drawing

location : 20 Vernon Street, 5th floor, #61
email : colleen.kiely@simmons.edu

 

  • Beau (Powderhouse Square)
    2013, oil and enamel on wood panel, 36 x 48 inches
  • Beau (Car No. 1)
    2011/12, graphite on polypropylene, 14 x 11 inches
  • Beau (Smile No. 1)
    2011/12, graphite on polypropylene, 11 x 14 inches
  • Beau (Rear View No. 2)
    2011/12, graphite on polypropylene, 11 x 14 inches
 

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statement

My current body of work features Beau, my companion, muse and model. While dogs are always "other", they are also vehicles for our emotional projections, a tension that drives the series. In making these images, I am honoring our bond while also acknowledging the gulf between human and canine. My process contrasts linear marks and washes, clarity and dissolution, embodying the tenuous relationship between presence and absence, love and mortality.

bio

Colleen Kiely was born in Providence, RI and maintains a studio in Somerville, MA. She received a BFA in Painting from Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA in Painting from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She is an Associate Professor of Art at Simmons College in Boston.

one-person exhibitions

2007   Vanishing Point, RISD/Works Gallery, Rhode Island School of Design,
            Providence, RI
2006   The Trustman Gallery, Simmons College, Boston, MA, “Between What I See and
             What I Say”
2003    Bernard Toale Gallery, Boston, MA, "On the Road"
2002    Zg Gallery, Inc., Chicago, IL, "Devotion"
2001    The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University,
             Cambridge, MA, "glimmer"
1998    Judy Ann Goldman Fine Art, Boston, "Peepers"

selected group exhibitions

2013    Artist’s Choice, Somerville Museum, Somerville, MA
2012    Annual Juried Exhibition, The Schoolhouse Gallery, Provincetown, MA
2011    Residue - The 22nd Drawing Show, Boston Center for the Arts/Mills
              Gallery, Boston, MA (Steve Holmes, Curator)
               4th Annual Juried Show, Sylvia White Gallery, Ventura, CA
               Chain Letter, Samson Projects, Boston, MA
               Simmons Collects: Celebrating Women Artists, Trustman Art Gallery, Boston, MA
2010      Inside/Out, Grossman Gallery, Boston, MA
               Proof of Purchase, Samson Projects, Boston, MA
               Painted Cities, Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY
2009      The Boston Drawing Project: Ten Years, Joseph Carroll & Sons, Boston, MA
               Frolic, Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY
2008      Drawing is a Fine Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Florida State University,
               Tallahassee, FL
               Artists in Residence, Sanskriti Gallery, New Delhi, India
2007      Annual Juried Exhibition, Housatonic Museum of Art, Bridgeport, CT
               Proof of Purchase, Rhys Gallery, Boston, MA
               Brickbottom Celebrates MacDowell, Brickbottom Gallery, Somerville, MA
2005      Artist’s Space, NY, NY, “Night of 1,000 Drawings”
               The DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA. "Pretty/Sweet: The Sentimental
               Image in Contemporary Art”
2004      The Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, ME, “Exquisite
               Corpse Project”
               Boston Center for the Arts, Mills Gallery, "The 18th Drawing Show"
2003     Zg Gallery, Inc., Chicago, IL, "As Small as Possible"
              Zg Gallery, Inc., Chicago, IL, "Compendium"
              The DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA. "Painting in Boston: 1950-2000"
               Zg Gallery, Inc., Chicago, IL, "Gallery Artists"
              Icon Contemporary Art, Brunswick, ME, "Bowdoin College Faculty Exhibition"
2001     Boston Center for the Arts, Mills Gallery, "The 17th Drawing Show”
2000     The Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, "Lois Foster Exhibition of
               Boston Area Artists"
              ArtLink @ Sotheby's International Young Art (on-line exhibition)
1999     Richard Anderson Fine Art, NY, NY, "The Passion/Passions of Art"
              Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, "Collectors Collect Contemporary: 1990-99"
              The Boston Athenaeum, "Front Line: Contemporary Draftsmen from New England"
              The Somerville Museum, "A Survey of Local Contemporary Works", Somerville, MA
              Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA, "The Edge of Vision, The Edge of Sight"
              University of MA at Dartmouth, "Selections: Works by Fifteen NEFA
              Fellowship Winners"
1998     The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, "Museum School Traveling Scholars 1997"
              Erector Square Gallery, New Haven, CT, "Women in the Visual Arts Annual
              Nat'l Competition"
1997     Berkshire Art Museum, MA, "Exhibition of Works on Paper"
               Boston Center for the Arts, Mills Gallery, "The Drawing Show"
1996     Berkshire Art Museum, MA, "Painting & Sculpture"
              Artspace, New Haven, CT, "New Work '96"
1995     Mario Diacono, Boston, "Rites of Paint"

awards

Faculty Fund for Research Grant, Simmons College, Boston, 2012
Sanskriti Foundation, Residency, New Delhi, India, 2008
President’s Fund for Excellence Grant, Simmons College, Boston, 2008
Faculty Fund for Research Grant, Simmons College, Boston, 2008
Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Fellowship, 2007
Second Prize - Annual Juried Exhibition, Housatonic Museum of Art, Bridgeport, CT
      (Bill Arning, Juror), 2007
Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Fellowship, 2005
Mary Ingraham Bunting Fellowship, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at
      Harvard University, 2000/01
Massachusetts Cultural Council/Somerville Arts Council Grant, 2000
MacDowell Colony Fellowships, 1999, 1997, 1996
New England Foundation for the Arts Painting Fellowship, 1998
School of the Museum of Fine Arts Traveling Alumni Fellowship, 1997

works on view

The Boston Drawing Project, Carroll and Sons, Boston, MA
The Viewing Program, The Drawing Center, New York, NY 

selected bibliography

Art New England – Editor’s Pick (online), “Portfolio: Colleen Kiely”, May/June ‘12
McQuaid, Cate, The Boston Globe, "Drawings, drawings everywhere”, 11/2/11
Wasserman, Nadine, Metroland, “Vehicles for Fun?”, Volume 32, No. 30, July 23, 2009
Plummer, D’lynne, Art New England, "Between What I See & What I Say", June/July '06
McQuaid, Cate, The Boston Globe, "Colleen Kiely: Between What I See & What I Say”,
      2/23/06
Temin, Christine, The Boston Globe, "How Sweet it is…or is it?", 2/13/05
Mogilevich, Mariana, Art New England, "Colleen Kiely: On the Road", April/May ‘04
New American Paintings: The Ninth Open Studios Northeastern Competition,
    Number 50, Open Studios Press, Wellesley, MA, Juror: Rachel Lafo
Stange, Eric, Ch. 2 WGBH-TV's "Greater Boston Arts", interview, 11/27/02
Lloyd, Ann Wilson, "The New Painting," in Painting in Boston: 1950-2000, ed. R. Lafo, N. Capasso and J. Uhrhane, 197-98. Amherst and Boston: University of Massachusetts
     Press, 2000
Unger, Miles, The Boston Globe, "Kiely's Works Offer Unnerving Mixtures", 4/20/01
McQuaid, Cate, The Boston Globe, "Colleen Kiely: Glimmer", 4/12/01
The Radcliffe Quarterly, The Radcliffe Questionnaire, Spring '01
New American Paintings: The Sixth Open Studios Northeastern Competition,
Number 32, Open Studios Press, Wellesley, MA, Juror: Jessica Morgan
Sherman, Mary, Boston Sunday Herald, "Kiely Brings a Cutting Edge to Cute", 4/15/01
McQuaid, Cate, The Boston Globe, "Artists Explore Transformation, Real & Implied",
    12/00
Buskirk, Martha, Art in America, "Report from Boston: Art Around the Hub", June '99
Meyer, Joshua, Art New England, "The Edge of Vision/The Edge of Sight", April/May '99
Unger, Miles, Art New England, "Colleen Kiely at Judy Ann Goldman Fine Art ,
    Feb./Mar. '99
McQuaid, Cate, The Boston Globe, "Beyond Cute", 10/22/98

selected collections

The Boston Athenaeum, MA
The Bowdoin College Museum of Art, ME
The DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA
Fidelity Corporation, Boston, MA
Kenneth Freed, Boston, MA
Barbara Cole Lee, Boston, MA
Olivia & John Parker, Boston, MA
Sonesta International Corporation, Boston, MA
Joan & Roger Sonnabend,Boston, MA
Donald & Jeanne Stanton, Boston, MA

education

School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, M.F.A. Painting
Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, B.F.A. Painting