About

Edward Kelley and Emily Newman are contemporary artists and educators based in Des Moines, Iowa.

Both artists maintain individual artistic practices while also being married with two children. Recently they have begun to connect their concepts and materials.

Edward Kelley uses an interactive mixed media approach to subjects of social and personal concerns through a lens of humor and the absurd. Recent exhibitions include the Spartanburg Art Museum in South Carolina, Art League Houston in Texas, and an accepted 2020 proposal to Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, unrealized due to Covid-19 financial restrictions. As a visiting artist, Edward has led cast iron workshops at various institutions including The Ornamental Metal Museum in Memphis, TN and the State University of New York Oswego. Edward spearheaded and curated the first “Art on Dart” exhibition, turning a Des Moines Area Rapid Transit (DART) bus into a temporary mobile art gallery. He is a recipient of a Des Moines Area Public Art Foundation funding grant for his work with DART. Edward received a BA from the College of Charleston, Charleston, SC, and an MFA in sculpture from Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY. Edward is a faculty member and studio technician in the Department of Art and Design at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.

Emily Newman holds a BFA in sculpture from Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY and an MFA in studio art from the University of Nebraska Lincoln.  Her artwork is made using found and recycled packaging as an observed commentary on the domestic habits of consumption.  Her intimate objects highlight the craft of the handmade and the design of the mass-produced. Emily’s recent group exhibitions include works shown at Site: Brooklyn, New York and Manifest Gallery in Ohio and two solo exhibitions at the Blanden Museum of Art in Ft. Dodge, Iowa and Farnham Galleries on the campus of Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa.  She curated a contemporary textiles and fibers exhibition for the Anderson Gallery at Drake University, funded by a project grant from the Iowa Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. Emily is an Assistant Professor of Art at Drake University in Des Moines.