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Kelly Connole

Kelly Connole

Education & Professional History

University of Montana (Missoula), BFA; San Francisco State University, MFA.

At Carleton since 2004.

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Art & Art History

University of Montana, B.F.A., San Francisco State University, M.F.A.

Kelly Connole primarily teaches ceramics at Carleton. A story teller by nature, Connole uses clay to examines relationships between humans, their environment, and other creatures. Her work has been exhibited nationally and has received numerous awards including a McKnight Ceramic Residency and McKnight Fellowship, a MN State Arts Board grant, and a Jerome Foundation Project Grant. She served on the board of directors for Northern Clay Center, a Minneapolis non-profit arts organization committed to advancement of the ceramic arts, for several years and has curated numerous exhibitions for the Clay Center.  Her work is featured in an episode of MN Original.

Public Works

Co-Director of Public Works Initiative

Connecting people to each other is a critical component to my life as an artist and teacher. 

From my work as an artist in residence in public schools in California and the Twin Cities to the Empty Bowls Project I started at Carleton in 2005, I have witnessed art's ability to bring people together to experience life.  Art allows stories to unfold and bonds to be created-- often leaving tangible evidence of the creative process.

I am eager to work with faculty and community partners to do good work together.

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