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Joe Kelley (American, 1967-2022) and Carlton Sturges Abbott (American, b. 1939), Pathways, Appalachian Trail Frieze (detail), 1993-95, 35 composite gelatin silverprint photographs and pencil on paper, Taubman Museum of Art; Gift of Ray Kass and Jerrie Pike, 2021.013

Birds, Beasts, and Roots: A Selection of Works by Joe Kelley

Dec 01, 2023 Apr 07, 2024

Joe Kelley (American, 1967-2022) was a valued colleague to those at the Taubman Museum of Art and to gallery construction and exhibition installation teams across southwest Virginia. A committed and well-respected artist, he remains deserving of the exhibition opportunities provided to him during his life and beyond. This exhibition showcases Kelley’s many artistic achievements, including his and Carlton Abbott’s work in the Taubman Museum of Art’s permanent collection titled Pathways, Appalachian Trail Frieze, along with beautifully rendered, insightful paintings and drawings, and found-object sculptures loaned courtesy of his wife, Dominique Francesca.

Joe Kelley, Bootsy, 2016, carved wood, milk paint, and assembled piano parts, courtesy of Dominique Francesca.
Joe Kelley, Bootsy, 2016, carved wood, milk paint, and assembled piano parts, courtesy of Dominique Francesca.
Joe Kelley, The Goon, 2016, carved wood, milk paint, assembled piano parts, courtesy of Dominique Francesca.
Joe Kelley, The Goon, 2016, carved wood, milk paint, assembled piano parts, courtesy of Dominique Francesca.

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