Profile

Kimberly A. Kelly

Project Manager

Graduate Institute University of North Carolina-Greensboro/MESDA History of Southern Decorative Arts

M.A. Parsons School of Design: 1983-1985 Cooper-Hewitt/Parsons Masters Program in the History of European Decorative Arts; 1996-2001 Smithsonian Associates/Parsons Masters Program in the History of American Decorative Arts

B.A. Catholic University Fine Arts major, Music Minor

Research Specialties: 

African American Decorative Arts and Craft: 19th and 20th Century

American Textiles 20th Century

Late 19th Century American Furniture.

Projects: 

Serve as project manager within NMAH for SI Affiliates seeking to borrow collections, develop exhibits or programs, or access to staff expertise and research resources.

Past Projects:

  • Go Forth and Serve exhibition
  • Mind on Freedom exhibition
  • Lisa Law exhibition
  • Americanos exhibition
  • Field to Factory exhibition
  • Woody Guthrie exhibition
  • Young Interpreters Program.

In addition, I have performed, written, directed and taught Living History Performance at the Smithsonian Institution, as well as for the National Park Service, Public Broadcasting System and Delaware State University. I continue this work for conferences and special programs. I have also served as soloist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

Awards, Honors, and Special Recognition: 

Ford Foundation Scholar

Professional Affiliations: 
  • American Association of Museums
  • African American Museum Association
  • Smithsonian African American Association, Archivist
  • Smithsonian African American Association Steering Committee
  • Smithsonian Heritage Month Committee