Keliy Anderson-Staley was raised off-the-grid in Maine and currently lives and works in Houston, Texas. She is a 2022 Guggenheim Fellow, a 2008 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow and a 2013 George and Eliza Gardner Howard Foundation Fellow. She has received additional project support from the Sustainable Arts Foundation, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts, Puffin Foundation, and Houston Arts Alliance. She was a recipient of the Houston Center for Photography Carol Crowe Memorial Fellowship and the Clarence John Laughlin Award from New Orleans Photo Alliance, and she was a finalist for both the Aperture Portfolio Prize and the Honickman/Duke Center for Documentary Studies first book prize. She has been an artist-in-residence at Light Work in Syracuse, Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester and Aurora Photo Center in Indianapolis.
Collections holding her work include the Library of Congress, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Houston Airport System, Museum of Fine Arts Houston and Portland Museum of Art. Her work has been exhibited widely, including at Akron Art Museum; Bronx Museum of the Arts; Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago; The Printing Museum, Houston TX; Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, DC; Southeast Museum of Photography, Daytona, Florida; Shelburne Museum, Burlington, Vermont; Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, Louisiana; Morris Museum of Art, Augusta, Georgia; and Zillman Art Museum, Bangor, Maine. On a Wet Bough, a monograph of her tintype portraits, was published by Waltz Books in 2014. In 2016, she completed a major public commission, producing fifty portraits installed in the Rapid Train tunnel at the Cleveland Airport. In 2019, a large-scale work, incorporating nineteen portraits was commissioned for Terminal 3 of Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport. Documents & Dwellings, a catalog for a solo exhibition at the Art Museum of Southeast Texas was published in 2022.
She holds a BA from Hampshire College, Massachusetts and an MFA from Hunter College, NYC. She is an Associate Professor of Photography and Digital Media at the School of Art, University of Houston.