James Martin Pepper Kelly. BA, 2006, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT; MA, 2017, School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Guest Editor: Chicago Artist Writers. Writing: ArtSlant, Bad at Sports, Chicago Artist Writer. Administrative: Executive Director & Treasurer, Latitude Chicago; Managing Director, Filter Photo; Interim Professional Development Manager, Chicago Artist Coalition. Exhibitions: Terrain Biennial, Springfield; Laura, Chicago; Sullivan Galleries, Chicago; Triumph, Chicago; Lillstreet Gallery, Chicag; Johalla Projects, Chicago. Awards: Georgia Fee Writing Residency in Paris, ArtSlant; Ground Floor essay commission, Hyde Park Art Center; Dean’s Scholarship, SAIC; Odyssey Grant, SAIC; Enos Park Residency, Springfield Art Center; Field Fellow, University of Chicago.

Personal Statement

I make publicly-oriented writing, installations, and events that investigate the intersection of lived bodies, power systems, and history. Lately I've been working with various publics to generate fake news.

I try to facilitate social spaces, including within the classroom, that rely equally on criticality and generosity. Close attention is a gift to be consciously given and received. 

I believe very much in the power of words, strung together, to be everything.

Current Interests

Where we are now, how we got here, and what to do about it. 
Finding a meaningful way to focus the long/short amount of time that's mine on this spinning earth. 
Pursuing definitions of freedom. 
Reveling in the the process of creative, absorbing making.


Disclaimer: All work represents the views of the INDIVIDUAL ARTISTS & AUTHORS who created them, and are not those of the school or museum of the Art Institute.