Bill Kelley, Jr.

Bill Kelley, Jr. in Medellin

Lead Researcher and Curator, Otis College of Art and Design, Talking to Action 

Bill Kelley, Jr. is an educator, independent curator and theorist based in Los Angeles. He graduated with a Master’s in 19th Century Colonial Art Studies from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque (UNM) in 2001. His current research focuses on collaborative and collective art practices in the Americas. His research projects include the exhibition ¿Por qué no te callas? Arte, activismo y medios de comunicación, Arte Actual, FLACSO, Quito (2008)  together with a month-long public workshop named Laboratorio de Arte y Espacio Social (LAES), sponsored by the Museo del Banco Central del Ecuador. In 2009 he organized the collective research project Proyecto Cívico: Diálogos e Interrogantes for the Centro Cultural Tijuana, Mexico. Bill was the co-curator of the 2011 Encuentro Internacional de Medellín (MDE11: Museo de Antioquia, Medellín, Colombia, 2011). He was most recently the 18th Street Curator in Residence for 2012-2013. Bill is the former Director and current Editorial Adviser of the online bilingual journal and currently teaches at Otis College’s Graduate Public Practice MFA program. He is currently completing his PhD in Contemporary Art, Theory and Criticism at the University of California at San Diego (UCSD), and is co-editing an anthology with Grant Kester of collaborative and dialogical art practices in the Americas entitled: Collective Situations: Readings in Contemporary Latin American Art 1995-2010 (Duke University Press, forthcoming). He is currently the lead researcher and curator of Talking to Action, Otis College of Art’s contribution to the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA (2017).


Field reports:

Encounters – Mexico City and Oaxaca

Community-based practice and the art world?

Community-based Art and Institutional Cultural Spaces

Interview with Bill Kelley, Jr.

Talking to Action at Hammer Museum’s ENGAGE MORE NOW