Artist, Kelly Milukas, began as a sculptor and has expanded her art making to numerous media and projects. Her portfolio of work includes painting, pastel, photography, encaustic and cast resin sculpture. As of 2010 her art making has taken on projects at the juncture of creativity and science. This body of work contains her nationally exhibited “Keys to the Cures” series and focuses on how art can facilitate the individual stories within science and medicine.
Kelly’s artwork can be found in museum collections, private and corporate collections, such as The Boston Group, Intarcia Therapeutics, Simpson Healthcare, and Magenta Therapeutics. Her recent work has also been exhibited at international art fairs such as Red Dot Miami, Boston International Art Fairs, and a solo exhibition at Palm Beach Photographic Centre, FL. Locally in her home state of RI, Kelly is best known for her whimsical interpretations of farms and farm animals - vibrantly painted barns and cows in particular.
Kelly works in a flexible capacity as the artist-in-residence for the Wake Forest Regenerative Medicine Institute, NC. Regenerative medicine works to restore structure and function of damaged tissues and organs by growing new body parts from patients’ own cells. In 2010, the Regenerative Medicine Foundation commissioned Kelly to interpret this field of work and its healing stories, and as an artist collaborator, Kelly engages scientific communities in the process of expressing science and medicine through art. In 2013, Intarcia Therapeutics engaged Kelly as the artist-in-residence facilitating cross-disciplinary programs in expression through her Imagination Collaboration® projects. Kelly’s luminous “Keys to Cures” sculptures were adopted as a powerful symbol for how the work of Intarcia teams is unlocking cures through innovation at the Seaport District, Boston headquarters, and in 2019, Magenta Therapeutics in Cambridge, MA appointed Kelly, to collaborate with their scientists, understand and experience their patient focused mission. Then, with the critical learnings, lab tours, and design milestone visits, she helped shape the Magenta corporate headquarters appearance with artwork interpretations celebrating their vision, their science and mission. The expansive artwork murals created embody the character of Magenta’s one-time-cure science to transform all aspects of bone marrow transplant and create a life-saving platform for many diseases.
Kelly earned her fine art sculpture degree at the University of Southern Maine and continues her life-long creative studies with national and international masters in the arts. Her story and artwork have been featured in many publications including ArtScope Magazine, Newport Life Magazine, Palm Beach Times, and The Pastel Journal.
Kelly is active in her home state of Rhode Island. She has served as a curator and juror and has presented talks in museums, arts and science forums at Brown University, and arts organizations. She is the founding President Emeritus and member of the South Coast Artists, a 17-year non-profit organization hosting artist open studio tours, exhibitions, and educational events in the community. She is a past President of the Providence Art Club, the 3rd oldest Art Club in the country founded in 1880. She lives in Tiverton, Rhode Island with her daughter Ava who shares her creative passions through writing, teen awareness and advocacy work.
Juried Artist Memberships:
Artist Member of the Salmagundi Art Club
Artist Member of the Providence Art Club
Signature Member of the RI Watercolor Society
Elected Artist Member of the Art League of Rhode Island
Signature Member of the Connecticut Pastel Society
Solo and Duo Exhibitions:
2015 (ASaP) Artists and Scientists as Partners, Solo Show, Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, Brown University
2014 Lab Thru My Lens and Keys to the Cure, Solo Show, Regenerative Medicine Forum, Berkley, CA
2014 The Art of Science: Under the Surface, Solo Show, Museum at Palm Beach Photographic Centre, West Palm Beach, FL
2013 Keys to the Cure, Maxwell Mays Gallery, Providence Art Club
2011 Keys to the Cure, Solo Show, Ronald Regan International Forum, Washington, DC
2014 SCA Fresh Art Annual Theme, “Visioning”, Best in Show
2014 LCCC Photography Show, Honorable Mention, “Solar Keys”
2013 SCA Creative Waters Annual Theme, “Stem Streams”, First Place
2012 Pastel Journal “Annual TOP 100 Paintings”, Honorable Mention “Barn Fencing” Pastel
2011 LCCC Art Show, Honorable Mention, “Udder Color”
2011 LCCC Photography Show, Best in Show Still Life, “Cell Keys”
2009 Pastel Journal “Annual TOP 100 Paintings”, Honorable Mention “Marche Sunrise” Pastel
2011 Pastel Journal “Annual TOP 100 Paintings”, Honorable Mention “Catch Fish Glow” Pastel
Juried and Select Exhibitions:
2015 Newport Museum of Art, Newport, RI, Annual Member Show
2015 Providence Art Club
2014 Spring Bull Gallery, Newport, RI Pastel Invitational
2013 Art League of Rhode Island, Annual Artist Members Exhibition, Providence Art Club
2013 Spring Bull Gallery, Newport, RI
2009-2014 Pastels by Invitation, Cape Cod, MA
2011 Little Compton, RI Spring Photography Show
2002-2012 Little Compton, RI Summer Show
2007-2008 Connecticut Pastel Society: Juried National Renaissance in Pastel Show
2008-2009 ALRI Juried Associate Member Exhibit, Gallery 297
2008 Newport Museum of Art, Newport, RI, Annual Juried Member Show
2006 Newport Museum of Art, Newport, RI, Annual Juried Member Show
2006 Monhegan House, Monhegan Island, Maine
2006 Rhode Island Watercolor Society, Watercolor Magic Show
2005 Rhode Island Watercolor Society, Bon Voyage Show