BORN in Nashville, TN currently lives and works in Nashville, TN



2004    MFA   The School of the Art Institute of Chicago

1999     BA       Vassar College

1998                Yale University Summer School for Art and Music


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE                            

2010-13           Assistant to the Head of Upper School, Harpeth Hall School, Nashville, TN

2006-08          Adjunct Professor, Watkins College of Art and Design, Nashville, TN

2006                Lecturer, The School of the Art Institute Chicago, Department of Painting and Drawing

2005-06           Adjunct Professor, The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

2003-04           Teaching Assistant, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago

2000-02           Editorial Assistant, The Nashville Scene, Nashville, TN

1999                Curatorial Assistant, The Friends of Photography Museum, San Francisco, California


HONORS AND AWARDS                                   

2010                Carrell Artist in Residence, Harpeth Hall School, Nashville, TN

2009                Visiting Artist Lecture, The Frist Center for the Visual Arts

2007-08           Faculty Professional Development Grants, Watkins College of Art and Design

2004                Terra Foundation for the Arts Fellowship and Residency, Giverny, France

2002-03           Nippon Steel Scholarship

2002-07           Artist Residencies at Soaring Gardens

2001-02           W.K. Rose Fellowship, Vassar College

1998                Ellen Battell Stockel Fellowship, Yale University Summer School of Art and Music



2017   In House, group exhibition at Harper Gallery, Presbyterian College, Clinton, SC organized by Michele Grabner

2017   The Shadow's Body, group exhibition at Brownlee O. Currey Gallery, Watkins College of Art, Nashville, TN

2017   American Genre:  Contemporary Painting, The Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art, Portland, ME curated by Michelle Grabner

2017   Kelly Williams, Mystic, solo show at The Suburban (Walker's Point Gallery), Milwaukee, WI organized by Seth Feman

2017   The Delta Exhibition, Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, AR

2016   The Tallahassee International, The Florida State Museum of Art, Tallahassee, FL

2016   The Playbook, two person show at David Lusk Gallery, Memphis, TN

2016   2016 Group Show, Martine Chaisson Gallery, New Orleans, LA

2015   Botanica: All Things Plant Life, group show at Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA

2015   Land Rush, group show at David Lusk Gallery, Nashville, TN

2015    Life Science, two person show at Turner Center for the Arts, Valdosta, Georgia

2014    Life Science, solo show at David Lusk Gallery, Nashville, TN

2014    Opening, David Lusk Gallery, Nashville, TN

2011    Just So, Estel Gallery, Nashville, TN

2011    The Great Poor Farm Experiment III with Aliza Nisenbaum and Deirdre O’Dwyer, Waupaca, WI

2010    Home, Irvine Valley College, Irvine, CA

2010    Should We Have Stayed at Home and Thought of Here? Works by Kelly Williams and Claire Brassil, The Marnie Sheridan Gallery, Nashville, TN

2008    TAG Final Show, Nashville, TN

2007    Home Base, TAG, Nashville, TN

2007    Faculty Exhibition, Watkins College of Art and Design, Nashville, TN

2006    Recent Works, Project Row Houses, Houston, TX

2006    New Figurative Works, LeQuire Gallery, Nashville, TN

2006    Project Room, TAG, Nashville, TN

2006    Gambit, Twist Gallery, Nashville, TN

2006    Spring Invitational, LeQuire Gallery, Nashville, TN

2005    Summer Show, The Suburban, Oak Park, IL

2004    Terra Summer Artists in Residence, Musée d’art Américain, Giverny, France

2004    The School of The Art Institute of Chicago MFA Thesis Exhibition, Gallery 2, Chicago, IL

2004    Nippon X, Nippon Steel Corporate Offices, Chicago, IL

2003    Parson Consulting Corporate Offices, Chicago, IL

2003    ArtWindows 2003, Salvatore Ferragamo on the Magnificent Mile, Chicago, IL

2003    ArtWindows 2003, Donald Pliner, Chicago, IL

2002    Nippon XIV, Nippon Steel Corporate Offices, Chicago, IL

2002    The Attic Gallery, Nashville, TN

2001    In Heat, The Fugitive Gallery, Nashville, TN

2000    ArtSynergy, Nashville, TN

2000    Ruby Green Contemporary Art Foundation, Nashville, TN

1999    Vassar College Thesis Show, Poughkeepsie, NY

1998    Yale University Summer School for Art and Music Fellows Show, Norfolk, CT       


Grabner, Michelle, Brad Killam, Forrest Nash, Jason Pickleman, eds.  Can I Come Over to Your House?: The First Ten Years of the Suburban. Wisconsin: Poor Farm Press, 2009

 Ridley, Jim. “Go Here and Think of Home”. Nashville Scene Vol: 28, No. 51, Jan 28- Feb. 3 2010: 25.

 Jones, MiChelle. “Nashville Painter Goes Back to School”. The Tennessean  3 Jan. 2010: 8D.

 “Arts Break.” Nashville Public Television Arts Connection. Public Television Network. Nashville, TN. First aired May, 2007.

  Bostick, Alan. “An Outsider in Her Own Life.” The Tennessean 21 Jul. 2002: 18.

  Marx, Jonathan. “Fresh Air, Fresh Art.” The Tennessean 1 Apr. 2007: 28.

  Nolan, Joe. “Kelly Williams at TAG.” Nashville Scene 5 Apr. 2007.

   Ruff, Veronica. “A Rosey Hue.” Vassar Alumnae/i Quarterly  98 [2001]: 65.

  Soltes, Fiona. The Tennessean, exhibition announcement with photograph, 2 Jul. 2006.