Kelly Campanella


Although born and raised in a small rural community, Kelly Campanella has spent over a decade living and creating art in the Bay Area & Los Angeles. She received a BFA in Drawing & Painting and is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Studio Art. Using her environment as inspiration, Campanella constructs and maps out fictional spaces based on her own memories. Documenting the last 14 places she has lived, Campanella stays committed to the disenfranchised communities she is a part of, and seeks to open up a dialogue about displacement, attachment, socio-economic privilege, race & gender issues. Using architecture, domestic items, local children, and images of past homes, Campanella communicates an intersection of emotions: entrapment, belonging, change, and comfort.

2018 MFA, Studio Art, California State University Long Beach, Long Beach, CA (in progress)
2010 BFA, Drawing & Painting, California State Fullerton, Fullerton, CA

Solo Exhibitions
2014 In Here, 222 Space, Santa Rosa, CA
2010 With the Flow, Seams Store & Gallery, Long Beach, CA
2009 Heart & Leaves, Blue Nile Café, Long Beach, CA

Selected Group Exhibitions
2016 Insights, University Art Museum, Long Beach, CA
2015 This is Then, Public Works, San Francisco, CA
2014 North Bay Cabaret, Arlene Francis Center, Santa Rosa, CA
2014 Sunday Mass, The Chapel, San Francisco, CA
2013 Los Muertos, La Luz, Sonoma, CA
2012 Don’t Panic, 1734 E. Washington, Los Angeles, CA
2011 Art Werks, 2CC Gallery, Long Beach, CA
2010 Tour De Artistes, East Village, Long Beach, CA
2010 Sub-Alterity, 2CC Gallery, Long Beach, CA
2009 Art Attack, Alexandria Hotel, Los Angeles, CA
2006 Art & Photography, LBCC Gallery, Long Beach, CA

Collaborative Murals
2013 Be Great, Altimira Middle School, Sonoma, CA 5x15’
2009 Our City, East Village Art Walk, Long Beach, CA 8x16’
2004 Enduring Wage, Gavilan College, Gilroy, CA 15x48’
2003 Eye Have A Dream, El Portal Leadership Academy, Gilroy, CA 8x32’
2003 Dream Train, El Roble Elementary, Gilroy, CA 8x55’

Related Experience
2017 Living Arts Assistant, United Cambodian Community, Long Beach, CA
2017 Paid Intern, Long Beach Arts Counsel, Long Beach, CA
2014 Summer Camp Art Director, BGCSV, Sonoma, CA
2010 Art Teacher, After-School All-Stars, Bell Gardens, CA
2009 Art & Sculpture Instructor, Arts Alive, Mission Viejo, CA
2003 Ojo Mural Co-Director, El Portal Leadership, Gilroy, CA