Keliy Anderson-Staley




Found Unfound


on view

May 8 - June 13, 2015


at Lawndale Art Center, Houston 








On a Wet Bough

Keliy Anderson-Staley

Images by Keliy Anderson-Staley
Essays by Geoffrey Batchen and Matthew Williams

11 x 14 inches
144 pages
85 plates

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"They loom out of the darkness, these faces, as if hovering uncertainly between past and present,

offering themselves for our scrutiny with an intensity that borders on the confrontational."

Geoffrey Batchen

In a Station of the Metro.
The Apparation of these faces in the crowd;
Petals on a wet, black bough.

Ezra Pound







Keliy Anderson-Staley

On a Wet Bough



May 9 - July 6

Opening reception: May 9









                                                                                                                                                                    "Commune Plans," Twitchell Hill, Maine, 2008


FotoFest and Houston Center for Photography

Moving / Still

Recent Photography by
Texas Artists
curated by Kerry Inman

September 20 - December 7, 2013

1113 Vine Street, Houston 77002 [map]







The Outwin Boochever Portrait Exhibition


Washington, DC

March 23, 2013 - February 23, 2014


"Kevin," 2010


As part of a series leading up to the exhibition,

The National Portrait Gallery interviewed me about my work and featured it on their blog:


Portrait of An Artist: Keliy Anderson-Staley







"Between Past and Present:

The Winslow Homer Photographic Project"


Portland, Maine

October 6, 2012 - February 17, 2013



Pictured above:

Three wet-plate collodion landscapes, photographed at the Winslow Homer Studio at Prouts Neck, ME

and 24 wet-plate collodion still lifes of objects found in the studio.


The 24 still lifes, installed under the title "Objects of Uncertain Provenance,"

have been acquired by the museum.








The Playhouse at Artspace and the Lot


I just completed a series of tintype portraits at Liberty Safe Haven in New Haven, CT to be

exhibited at Artspace beginning October 5 in conjunction with The Playhouse project. 



The event was curated by Marianne Bernstein and will also feature works by artist Darwin Nix.

The exhibtion, "Beyond What Was," will run at Artspace until October 22. 


                                                                                                                 "Kevin," New Haven, 2012


On October 12, 13 and 14 I will be returning to New Haven, to shoot more photographs of the public in the

Playhouse Cube in the Lot.

On the weekend evenings in October, video by Danielle Lessovitz of my August shoot will be projected onto the cube. 





Catherine Edelman Gallery

will be exhibiting an installation of my tintype portraits at 

Expo Chicago at the Navy Pier. 


I will be there shooting tintype portraits

Come find me if you are in Chicago.


September 20-23




Tintypes Recently Acquired for 

Permanent Collections


These two tintypes have become part of the collection of photographs held at the 

Library of Congress:



"Masahiro," 2009                                                                            "Latasha,"2009


These three tintypes are now part of the collection at the

Southeast Museum of Photography:



"Clarence," 2012                                                           "Lesley," 2012                                                              "Daniel," 2012






Group show featuring work by

Keliy Anderson-Staley, John Cyr, Elizabeth Ernst, Myra Greene, and Gregory Scott

Exhibition Dates: July 13 - September 1, 2012


Reception with the artists:

Friday, July 13

5:00 - 8:00 pm


more info

my work in the exhibition







APRIL 2012


Providence, RI – The Board of Administration of the George A. and Eliza Gardner Howard Foundation has awarded nine fellowships of $30,000 each for the 2012-2013 academic year. The nine recipients represent the fields of Anthropology, Archaeology, and Photography. The 2012-2013 fellows in photography and their projects are:


Keliy Anderson-Staley, Independent Artist, Russellville, AR, An Archive of Inherited Fictions: Imagined Family Heirlooms.


Noah Addis, Independent Artist, Philadelphia, PA, Future Cities.


Simen Johan, Independent Artist, New York, NY, Until the Kingdom Comes.


Jason Francisco, Associate Professor of Visual Arts, Emory University, Alive and Destroyed: New Photographs from Eastern Europe.





Named one of one hundred

"New Superstars of Southern Art"



Look for my work in the latest issue,

"The Visual South."


From the magazine:


In “[hyphen] Americans” (2008–present), Keliy Anderson-Staley’s portraits of contemporary Americans, each image is made as a unique and un-reproducible tintype image using a technology and a technique from the middle of the nineteenth century. These subjects appear as if they have been transported from an earlier and more serious time when the making of a portrait was a slow, difficult, and rare event: when the image was a landmark in the sitter’s life.

In our modern society, the ubiquity of images, camera phones, and the digital availability of innumerable images has inured most of us to the potential “presence” that an image of others, or even of ourselves, might possess. Such an idea also runs the gamut of her work, including a color series about families living “Off the Grid” (2010), or free of a life encumbered by electricity. Now, she teaches those ideas near her home in Russellville, Arkansas.

—Kevin Miller, Director, Southeast Museum of Photography






[hyphen] Americans:

Contemporary Tintype Portraits

Keliy Anderson-Staley

March 2 – May 2, 2012



Public Portrait Sessions with Anderson-Staley: Wednesday, February 29 starting at 10:00am

Student Seminar: Thursday, March 1 at 11:00am (Photography School Lecture Theater, Bldg. 530, Rm. 118)

DSC Portrait Session with Anderson-Staley: Thursday, March 1 at 12:30pm (Bldg. 530, Rm. 225)



~ Artist's Talk and Opening Reception: March 2, 6:00-8:00pm ~


More information.





[hyphen] Americans

featured on Flak Photo






My exhibition “[hyphen] AMERICANS” will be on view through February 9th

at the Palitz Gallery at the Lubin House in NYC.




54th Annual Delta Exhibition

Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock



Friday, January 27, 2012 - Sunday, April 01, 2012

Winner: Delta Award





[hyphen] Americans

Keliy Anderson-Staley



Palitz Gallery at Lubin House


The opening reception will be held on Wed, Dec. 14 

from 6:00 - 8:00

with a brief talk about the work at 7:00.


The exhibition will run from December 14 - February 8, 2012


Lubin House is at 11 E 61 St in Manhattan. 


This series was exhibited most recently at Light Work in Syracuse and was featured in the Fall issue of Contact Sheet.

The show includes over 180 of my tintypes, 50 vintage tintypes, many on loan from the Onondaga Historical Association, and five 36x46" prints.






Wet Plate and Mirrors: Photographers Working with Historical Processes

October 15 - November 26


with Keliy Anderson-Staley, Joni Sternbach, David Prifti, S. Gayle Stevens, and Curtis Wehrfritz



More info...




[hyphen] Americans


Light Work Main Gallery: Aug 8 - Oct 14, 2011

Gallery reception: OCTOBER 6, 5-7pm




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August 2011 issue of




Tear sheets can be seen here.






Imagined Family Heirlooms: An Archive of Inherited Fictions

by Keliy Anderson-Staley

Keliy Anderson-Staley combines new tintype portraits with found antique photos, letters and cloth to question how we create identities.



      Artist's Talk at Project Basho

        Time: June 24, 7 pm



Photo National 2011 

at the University of Maine Museum of Art, Bangor, ME




John Cleary Gallery

March 26-April 23, 2011

Keliy Anderson-Staley:

Imagined Family Heirlooms


John Cleary Gallery presents the exhibition Keliy Anderson-Staley: Imagined Family Heirlooms. Please join us Saturday, March 26, from 6 – 8 p.m. for the opening of Keliy Anderson-Staley: Imagined Family Heirlooms. The exhibition will run through Saturday, April 23. The artist will be in attendance for the opening reception.

Born in 1977 in the woods of northern Maine, Keliy Anderson-Staley received her Bachelor of Arts from Hampshire College in Amherst, MA and a Master of Fine Arts from Hunter College in New York, NY.

Imagined Family Heirlooms harkens back to the rootless nature of the American identity, with many individuals unable to place family histories back more than one or two generations. This series of installations, comprised of both found and newly-made objects alike, suggests those photographs and sentimental objects one might have collected over the years. Domesticity in a wide range of connotations plays a central part in her works, as is evident in the use of rusted baking pans as a unifying visual motif.



"Off The Grid" Image Published in Adbusters Magazine February 2011

The Quote under the image reads:

"Until you dig a hole, plant a tree, you water it and make it survive, you haven't done a thing."

-Wangari Maathai



 University of the Ozarks’ Stephens Gallery

Anderson-Staley's exhibit, titled “Photographic Objects,” brings together three separate projects of hers: “-Americans: Contemporary Tintype Portraits,” “Baking Pan Series: An Incomplete Family History,” and “Imagined Family Heirlooms.”

"All three projects make use of photography as an essential element, but in each case the photographs are used as part of larger installations to create works dealing with themes of identity, family and history.  The projects range from pure photography done with historic processes to more sculptural installations. Each project asks us to think about the role that photography plays in our sense of cultural identity, our construction of memories and our connection to family histories.”

Opening Reception Feb 8  from 6-8 pm

The exhibit will run from Feb. 1-25.



Exhibit Opens February 12, 2011 in Philadelphia




Contemporary American Photography
Part I - American Portraits / Part II - American Temples



Part I - American Portraits
Keliy Anderson-Staley, Abe Frajndlich, Mary Ellen Mark, Wendy Paton

opening reception:
Saturday, January 29, 2011  7 - 9.30 pm
opening hours:
up to February 19, every Tuesday till Saturday 4 - 8 pm,
February 20 up to March 5, 2011 only by appointment.






Susan Maasch Fine Art

567 Congress, Portland, ME




December 16, 2010 - March 5, 2011
Opening Reception:
Thursday, December 16, 5:30-7:30pm

Stalking the Wild Asparagus:

Keliy Anderson-Staley, Adrain Chesser and Timothy White Eagle,

Lucas Foglia, Taj Forer and Justine Kurland






A series of portraits I took of couples has been published in the Russian version of Esquire

There is an online gallery here.  If it is available in your area, please also look for the print version of the story.

tintype couple



One of my tintypes will be projected onto the eterior of the Corcoran Gallery during FotoWeek DC as part of a slideshow curated by Andy Adams of FlakPhoto.




tintypes of five bee hives in philly

Eckel's Bee Hives, Philidelphia, PA

"Open Season" at Flanders Art Gallery

Nov 1, 2010 - Jan 2, 2011

Curated by Flanders Gallery and Allen Thomas, Jr. , the Open Season exhibition explores this phrase in both the literal and colloquial sense: a time of year (hunting season to be exact), a time for open critique, as well as a time for games, play and individual exploration--an "anything goes" type of ideology. 

This exhibition will feature photographs and videos by such artists as Keliy Anderson-Staley, Tim Briner, Jesse Burke, Katrina D'Autremont, Ian F.G. Dunn, Nils Ericson, Dan Estabrook, Jody Fausett, Taj Forer, Anthony Goicolea, Allison Hunter, Michael Itkoff, Bill Jacobson, Sara Anne Johnson, Carrie Levy, Chris McCaw, Pam Pecchio, Kristine Potter, Francesca Romeo, Kerry Skarbakka, Tema Stauffer, Bill Sullivan, Tim Tate, Brian Ulrich, Burk Uzzle, Stacy-Lynn Waddell, Shen Wei, Jeff Whetstone, and Cosmo Whyte.



 "Tintype Portraits"

Solo Show at the Jerome Leibling Wing at the Arts Village at Hampshire College




Eco-Diversity: The Photographs of Keliy Anderson Staley and Jeff Whetstone

at Johnson C. Smith University, Charlotte, NC

(September - November, 2010)




Tintype Portraits of Emerging NYC Gallerists for Art & Auction Magazine

September, 2010

tinype image of Woman




Tintype Portraits in Hemispheres Magazine.  

Check out the print copy for about a dozen of my images of urban

beekeepers in Philadelphia: 





"Off the Grid" featured in July issue PDN (Photo District News)





Tintype Portraits in "A Summer of Photography" at 

Flomenhaft Gallery



____________________________________________________7/8/10 - 8/27/10_





"-Americans: Tintype Portraits" has received a grant from the Puffin Foundation.




May 1  July 24, 2010
Saturday, May 1
Opening Reception: 3:00-5:00pm

Gallery Talk by the Juror & Awards Ceremony: 3:30pm

84th Annual International Competition: Photography
Juror: Ingrid Schaffner, Senior Curator, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA





Going Forward, Looking Back


Simmons College presents

"Going Forward, Looking Back: Practicing Historic Photographic Processes in the 21st Century,"

April 20 - May 28

at the Simmons College Trustman Art Gallery, fourth floor, Main College Building, 300 The Fenway, in Boston.

A reception will be held on Thursday, April 22 from 5-7 p.m.

The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.




Aperture Portfolio Prize Gallery Launches








Winner of the Joyce Elaine Grant Prize

Opens at the Texas Woman's University










"For Riverside -Americans, Keliy invited members of the local community as well as UCR ARTSblock curators and staff to sit for tintype portraits. The workshops took place over the course of two long afternoons in October 2009. Participants were immersed in a classic 19th century portrait studio experience. They watched attentively as the photographer set the camera, developed images in a makeshift cardboard darkroom, and as their own tintype portraits slowly came to life in the watery bath. There will be a opening reception for the exhibition from 6:00 - 9:00 at UCR/CMP on Thursday, February 4th as part of First Thursday ARTSwalk."





Review of Alternative Process show at the University of New England Gallery in Maine

in the Portland Press Herald - Maine Sunday Telegram.


The show will be  moving later this Spring to other venues in New England,

including Simmons College; UMASS, Dartmouth; and the Maine Media Workshops.




"Off the Grid" featured on Flak Photo:




"Off the Grid" selected as a runner-up for the 2009

Aperture Portfolio Prize:




Image selected by Mary Ellen Mark for "Portraits" Exhibition

at the Center for Fine Art Photography:





Read my conversation with NYMPHOTO:




"Fractions of Sight" opening at Rockland Center for the Arts (ROCA) 10/18.

My tintype "quilt" will be on display until Dec 2:





Solo show opening at UCR California Museum of Photography in Riverside, CA:





Off the Grid wins honorable mention award in the competition sponsored by






"Off the Grid"

Video-cast at Daylight Magazine:







New York Magazine Best Doctor's Issue,

Tintype Images by Keliy Anderson-Staley:










Order a copy of of the Fall/Winter 2008 Camerawork Journal here.