about bill + karina
Our second year marks a new chapter in our story, with a more dynamic business model and a name change to Kelley Stelling Contemporary Projects. The result is a more diverse range of exhibitions and public programs in venues across New England.
We’re excited to be expanding our reach to a wider audience. Over the summer, we have some exciting collaborations, including an artist residency at Canterbury Shaker Village, an art show of Maine artists on Great Diamond Island off of Portland, and the juried Biennial show at Thorne- Sagendorph Gallery at Keene State college which is on view until September 29th.
Karina Kelley has a degree in fine arts and art history. In 2017, she chaired the Currier Museum’s “Heart of the Arts” Gala, which attracted important members of the arts and business community, and raised a significant sum for art education. Karina previously served as Vice President for the Kimball Jenkins School of Art’s Board of Directors, and as a committee member for the NH Institute of Art Annual Gala. She serves as an Advisory Council member for the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA). She was a recipient of the Union Leader’s “40
Under Forty” 2018 award as one of the state’s brightest young achievers with a record of professional and volunteer accomplishments in New Hampshire.
Bill Stelling brings extensive gallery experience to Kelley Stelling Contemporary. He founded the Fun Gallery in New York City in the early 1980s with Patti Astor. The gallery was an early showcase for the careers of Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring, among many other notable artists. He maintains strong contacts with contemporary artists and galleries in New York. In New Hampshire, he was one of the founders of ArtFront NH, a pop-up art and performance event in Manchester that drew over 500 people downtown. Bill also sits on the NH State Council for the Arts and the Manchester Cultural Coalition, is vice-chair of the Currier Museum Advisory Council and and is a board member of the American Furniture Masters Institute.