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Limes in a White Bowl
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Alice Kelsey

Alice Kelsey is a full-time artist working primarily in oil and pastel in a colorful and expressive abstract impressionist style. Kelsey's work is exhibited regularly and receives awards in national juried exhibitions, and is recognized with signature membership in the Maryland and Central Pennsylvania Pastel Societies. In 2014, she was selected by the Palmer Museum of Art as a featured artist for the museum's Gala Event, and her work exhibited in solo shows at the Pennsylvania State University and the Bellefonte Art Museum, and an Invitational Exhibit at the Art Association of Harrisburg. Her artistic development extends from childhood sketching sessions with her artist grandfather, through courses in painting, drawing and printmaking throughout high school and college.

Kelsey grew up in Chester Springs, Pennsylvania, and graduated from Westtown School. She received a B.A. degree from Hamilton College, focusing on biology and art, and an M.D. degree from Michigan State University. She lives with her husband and three children on a small farm in central Pennsylvania, and enjoys hiking, gardening, horseback riding, and flyfishing in addition to her passion for painting.

I have always lived in rural areas, and feel deeply connected to the forms and forces within the landscape. Working primarily in oil and pastel, I strive to convey the atmosphere of a particular time and place, the depth of the moment which caught my eye. I'm especially inspired by the every-changing nuances of light and color in the landscape, as they transform with phases of the day and season. I enjoy working on location with a backpacker french easel and minimalist supplies, as well as in the studio from memory and evoked images.

The greatest draw for me, full of both mystery and strength, is in the integrative aspects of the creative process. It is what compels me to wake up at 5:30 a.m. to sketch, and to always have more to discover. There is a sense of tenderness and wonder when physical, emotional and spiritual forces resonate, and color flows to the painting with purpose, yet beyond it. In each painting there is a searching, of not quite knowing how it will end up, but following a current. I'm after a sense of wholeness without losing the power of raw expression, and believe that there are 'kinds of finish', not just 'degrees of finish'. Some pieces are visual poems, others novels.

Most of my paintings include a recognizable subject, but I'm predominantly interested in the interplay of color and form, not just representation. I want to describe the connections between things-- between forms in a scene, and between the viewer and the forms. There is a dynamism in these relations, a current of life force, which pulls living things together or apart, near or far, solid or wispy, bright or dim. In landscapes, I want to fill a painting with the "smell" of the place, a sense of the wind or cold, the light-- what was stirring there on a particular day.

Art underlies all major endeavors in my life, having found aesthetic expression in athletics, flyfishing, and the practice of medicine in addition to its most direct outflow in painting. For me, it is also a medium of spiritual formation, and a life-long, fulfilling searching.


Forthcoming Exhibits

2015"Pastel Expressions," The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, Ligonier, PA

Solo Exhibitions

2014"Passages," The HUB Gallery, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
2014"Bellefonte- Bridging People and Place," The Bellefonte Art Museum, Bellefonte, PA
2011"Central Pennsylvania Landscapes," The Huntingdon County Arts Council, Huntingdon, PA
2011"Leadings," Pendle Hill, Wallingford, PA
2007"Mt. Nittany- Seasons and Sides," The Artisan Connection, State College, PA
2007"Water Lilies & Iris: At the Pond," The State Theatre, State College, PA
2007"Fruit of the Land," The Artisan Connection, State College, PA
2005"Signs of Spring," The Faustina Gallery, Lewisburg, PA
2003"Summer Pears," The Virginia Lippincott Gallery, Phoenixville, PA
2002"Impressionistic Landscapes in Oil, Pastel, and Wool," The Foxdale Village Gallery, State College, PA

Selected Exhibitions

2015"Line, Color, Line," The Artists' House Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
2014"Invitational Exhibition," The Art Association of Harrisburg, Harrisburg, PA
2014"Landscapes of Central PA," The Bellefonte Art Museum, Bellefonte, PA
2014"Prelude," Lancaster Galleries, Lancaster, PA
2014"Food, Glorious Food Invitational Exhibition," The Bellefonte Art Museum, Bellefonte, PA
2014"The First Thirty," Lancaster Galleries, Lancaster, PA
2014"2014 Juried Show," The Art Alliance of Central PA, Lemont, PA
2013"Maryland Pastel Society 'Shades of Pastel' National Open Exhibition' The Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center, Frederick, MD
2013"Small Works- Prelude," Lancaster Galleries, Lancaster, PA
2013"85th Annual International Juried Exhibition," Art Association of Harrisburg, Harrisburg, PA
2013"Images 2013," Robeson Gallery, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
2013"Water Ways- Paintings by Alice Kelsey and Jeanne McKinney," Joint Exhibition, The Bellefonte Art Museum, Bellefonte, PA
2013"Out and About- Nittany Valley Landscapes," Joint Exhibition, The State College Framing Company and Gallery, State College, PA
2013"Poetic Landscapes Juried Exhibition," The Chester County Art Association, West Chester, PA
2013"Celebrating Women in the Arts," Lancaster Galleries, Lancaster, PA
2013"Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania Juried Show 2013," HUB Robeson Center, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
2013"Lewisburg Arts Council Annual Exhibit," The Packwood Museum, Lewisburg, PA
2012"Upstream: Images of Susquehanna Waterways," Joint Exhibition, The Faustina Gallery, Lewisburg, PA
2012"84th Annual International Juried Exhibition," The Art Association of Harrisburg, Harrisburg, PA
2012"Northeast National Pastel Exhibition," View Arts Center, Old Forge, NY
2012"Water- Juried Exhibition," The Chester County Art Association, West Chester, PA
2011"The Maryland Pastel Society 'Shades of Pastel' National Juried Exhibition," Workhouse Art Center, Lorton, VA
2011"The Central Pennsylvania Pastel Society," The Gamble Mill Gallery, Bellefonte, PA
2011"A Year on the Land," The Bellefonte Art Museum, Bellefonte, PA
2010"Ridges and Valleys," Joint Exhibition, The Faustina Gallery, Lewisburg, PA
2007"The Central Pennsylvania Pastel Society," Foxdale Village Gallery, State College, PA
2007"Lewisburg Festival of the Arts 2007 Annual Juried Art Exhibit," The Packwood House Museum, Lewisburg, PA
2006"From the Heart of the Valley II," Invitational Exhibition, The Packwood House Museum,Lewisburg, PA
2006"The Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania 2006 Juried Show," Lemont, PA
2006"Farmland Preservation Artists," The Artisan Connection, State College, PA
2005"Images 2005," Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
2005"It's All About Pastels," The Central Pennsylvania Pastel Society, The Gamble Mill Gallery, Bellefonte, PA
2005"Maryland Pastel Society 'Shades of Pastel' National Open Exhibition," Black Rock Center for the Arts, Germantown, MD. Juried by Master Pastelist, Doug Dawson.
2005"77th Annual Juried Exhibition," Art Association of Harrisburg, Harrisburg, PA
2005"All- Media Juried Exhibition," Chester County Art Association, West Chester, PA
2004"La Fond Galleries 10th Annual National Juried Pastel Competition 2004," La Fond Galleries, Pittsburgh, PA
2004"Art Alliance Juried Show," Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania, Lemont, PA
2004"Home for the Holidays," Joint Exhibition, Virginia Lippincott Gallery, Phoenixville, PA
2003"Changing Seasons of Central Pennsylvania," Joint Exhibition, Faustina Gallery, Lewisburg, PA
2003"The Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania Juried Show," Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania, Lemont, PA
2002"EarthŽWorks," Joint Exhibition, The Virginia Lippincott Gallery, Phoenixville, PA
2002"18th Annual Invitational Art Show and Sale," Chester County Art Association, West Chester, PA
2002"The Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania Annual Juried Show," Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania, Lemont, PA
2002"LaFond Galleries 8th Annual National Juried Pastel Competition 2002," La Fond Galleries, Pittsburgh, PA. Juried by Maggie Price, editor of The Pastel Journal.
2002"9th Annual Green Design Competition at the Pennsylvania State University," The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
2002"The Pastel National 2002," The Wichita Center for the Arts, 9112 East Central, KS. Juried by internationally recognized painter Wolf Kahn.
2002"All Media Juried Show," Chester County Art Association, West Chester, PA
2001"Susquehanna River Arts Center 18th Annual Juried Art Exhibit," CAST Building, Clearfield, PA
2000"Wool Works," Foxdale Village Gallery, State College, PA
1975-6"Yellow Springs Art Show," Chester Springs, PA

Awards

2014Featured ArtistThe Palmer Museum of Art Gala Event
2014Second Place AwardThe Art Alliance of Central PA Juried Exhibition
2013Third Place AwardLewisburg Arts Council Annual Exhibition
2005The Revington Arthur Award for Excellence in Painting"Images, 2005," The Pennsylvania State University
2005Merit AwardMaryland Pastel Society 'Shades of Pastel' National Open Exhibition
2005Fourth Place AwardMaryland Pastel Society 'Shades of Pastel' National Open Exhibition
2003Honorable MentionMembers' Show, Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania
2002Excellence AwardJuried Members' Show, Chester County Art Association
2002Honorable MentionLaFond Galleries Eighth Annual National Juried Pastel Exhibition
2002Honorable MentionJuried Open All Media Show, Chester County Art Association
2002First Place (Domestic Arts Category)Green Design Competition, Penn State University Awarded to State College Rug Hookers

Professional Affiliations

2005The Central Pennsylvania Pastel SocietySignature Member (Juried)
2002The Maryland Pastel SocietySignature Member (Juried)
2001The Chester County Art AssociationMember
2000The Art Alliance of Central PennsylvaniaMember

Teaching Experience

2014"Pastel Sampler Workshop"The Central Pennsylvania Pastel Society Co-instructor for full-day workshop about pastel techniques and materials.
2014"En Plein Air"The Lewisburg Arts Council & Merrill Linn Conservancy Gave a presentation and demonstration about plein air painting.
2014"From Easel to Frame" DemonstrationOLLI at the Pennsylvania State University Instructor for studio tour and demonstration of pastel and oil painting techniques.
2013"From Field to Frame" PresentationThe Bellefonte Art Museum Presentation about plein air painting and my artwork in the concurrent joint exhibition.
2011"Creating with Pastel" WorkshopThe Standing Stone Art League Instructor for full day workshop in Huntingdon, PA, demonstrating and teaching pastel techniques.
2011"Exploring Pastels"
Workshop
The Huntingdon County Arts Council Taught pastel technique fundamentals utilizing a PowerPoint presentation and hands-on exercises.
2007Invited speaker: "Approaches to Painting in Pastel"Central PA Pastel Society

Education

2013Pastel WorkshopThe Central Pennsylvania Pastel Society Participated in a three day pastel workshop with master pastelist Bill Creevy.
2002Pastel WorkshopThe National Academy of Design Attended a two day workshop taught by noted pastelist and oil painter Wolf Kahn.
2001Postgraduate EducationThe Pennsylvania State University Two landscape courses with Jean Forsberg, M.F.A. Worked primarily en plein air, in oil and pastel.
2000Hooked Rug Design WorkshopDeanne Fitzpatrick Participated in a hands-on workshop in Nova Scotia with an internationally-acclaimed rug designer.
1988-91Medical ResidencyThe Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital Completed residency in Internal Medicine.
1984-88Medical SchoolMichigan State University Received M.D. Degree, focusing on rural primary care.
1981-84Graduate SchoolHahnemann University M.S. Degree in Physiology with departmental honors.
1976-80CollegeHamilton College B.A. Degree with Biology major, and advanced studies in Painting and Printmaking.
1972-76High SchoolWesttown School

Selected Activities

2012-14Studio Tour- Artist DemonstratorArt Alliance of Central PA
2002, 05Studio Tour- Participating ArtistArt Alliance of Central PA
1998-2015Principal founder and organizerState College Rug Hookers
1982-83United States Women's Lacrosse Squad
Selected among the top forty players in the nation.
USWLA