Kimberly A. Kelly

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.


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