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Kelly Lloyd

Ms Kelly Lloyd portrait
  • Studio Tutor
  • Academic Tutor
  • FA1ART Module Convenor

Areas of interest

Kelly Lloyd has research interests in:

  • Expanded Painting
  • Black Radical Tradition
  • Work
  • Artistic Labour
  • Artistic Research
  • Artist-led
  • Collectives and Collaboration
  • Alternative Archives
  • Performance Lectures
  • Art in Film and Television
  • Popular Culture
  • Parties
  • Socially Engaged Art
  • Hair

Performances/Lectures (Selected)

“She’s like a rainbow” Black Arts Movement School Modality- Milan: The Rainbow, MUDEC, Milan,

Italy, May 2023.

“In through the back door: Present” MAO Lates, Modern Art Oxford, Oxford, U.K., November 2022.

“Present” PRESENT, Online, May 2022.

“Responsibilities of Care” Speaking of Art Seminar, Department of Art History University of Chicago,

Chicago, U.S.A., February 2020.

“HAIR CLUB: Material Stories: Hair” The Smart Museum of Art, Chicago, U.S.A., May 2020.

"4-5 Proposal Papers" Art Licks Weekend 2019, Dirty House, London, U.K., October 2019.

“The Private Working Lives of Contemporary Artists” Private Life Conference, University of

Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland, July 2019.

MCA- Live, ACRE TV, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, U.S.A., April 2016.

“Proposal Papers” Discipline and Doctrine: U.I.C. Art History Graduate Conference,Gallery 400,

Chicago, U.S.A., October 2015.

"4-5 Proposal Papers" Inaugural Graduate Conference: Process: in medias res, Harvard

Department of Visual and Environmental Studies, Cambridge, U.S.A., May 2014.

Research projects


  • This Thing We Call Art (2017-Present)
  • HAIR CLUB with Suzanne Gold and Michal Lynn Shumate (2014-Present)
  • Party as Form with Shannon Stratton (Present)
  • 12ø Collective (2019-2022)
  • Art Workers with Pam Grombacher, Fiona Reilly, Sasha Richter and Lise Skou (2019-2021)
  • Living Within the Playwith Mark Jeffery, Kelly Kaczynski and Shannon Stratton (2019-2020)
  • PACTO (2017-2019)

Selected Exhibitions (*Solo)

(2023) Loading Bay, National Sculpture Factory, Cork, Ireland

(2022) CURB ALERT, Cosmos Carl, Online & Sudbury, U.S.A.

(2021) Speculative Magenta Hauntology, RUSCHWOMAN, Chicago, U.S.A.

*What will the future look like?, Ballad of Peckham Rye, London, U.K.

(2020) Templates for Public Art 3, Limited Time Engagement, Online

*The Demo Room, Aarhus, Denmark

Do-Over, Good Sport, London, Canada

(2019) *Exceptional Promise, Dirty House, Art Licks Weekend 2019, Terrain Biennial, London, U.K.

* In the studio, Bill’s Auto, Chicago, U.S.A.

*Old Town Road, Royal Academy Schools, London, U.K.

*HELP (Is anyone an artist?), Crybaby, Project Space Festival, Berlin, Germany

(2018)*Out, Stanley Brown Jewelist, Chicago, U.S.A.

*Up like a sun, down like a pancake., Institute of Contemporary Art Baltimore, U.S.A.

Matt Morris: Splitsville smells like irises, Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Brooklyn, U.S.A.

HOMEWORK, Glurns Art Point, Glurns, Italy

Eclipsing, Arts Incubator, Chicago, U.S.A.

(2017) *Shane Campbell Gallery, Lincoln Park, Chicago, U.S.A.

Sondheim Prize Semi-Finalist Exhibition, Decker and Meyerhoff Galleries, Baltimore, U.S.A.

(2016)Habeas Corpus, Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, Indianapolis, U.S.A.

Chicago and Vicinity, Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago, U.S.A.

(2015) Kelly Lloyd and Alex Bradley Cohen, Carrie Secrist Gallery, Chicago, U.S.A.

(2014) Ground Floor Biennial, Hyde Park Arts Center, Chicago, U.S.A.

Double Cherry, ThreeWalls, Chicago, U.S.A.

RETREAT - organized by Theaster Gates, Valerie Carberry Gallery & Richard Gray Gallery, Chicago, U.S.A.

2014 MFA Thesis Presentations, Sullivan Galleries, Chicago, U.S.A.


Kelly Lloyd is a transdisciplinary artist, essayist, and educator who focuses on issues of representation and knowledge production and prioritises public-facing collaborative research. Lloyd earned her B.A. from Oberlin College in Studio Art and Africana Studies (2008), and her M.F.A in Painting & Drawing and M.A. in Visual & Critical Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2015). She is currently studying at the University of Oxford's Ruskin School of Art and Wadham College for her DPhil in Practice-Led Fine Art funded by an Open Oxford Cambridge Doctoral Training Partnership Studentship and All Souls Graduate AHRC Fellowship.

Lloyd has taught at Oberlin College, Lady Doak College, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Ruskin School of Art, Glasgow School of Art, and Goldsmiths School of Art. She collaborates with Suzanne Gold and Michal Lynn Shumate on HAIR CLUB, and Shannon Stratton on Party as Form; and she began interviewing art workers about their livelihoods in 2017, and in 2021, Lloyd launched This Thing We Call Art, a podcast and online archive featuring excerpts from these interviews.


Awards and honours

Fellowships, Grants, Awards (Selected)

Doctoral Training Partnership Studentship, University of Oxford, Arts & Humanities Research Council, Oxford, U.K October 2021 - Present

All Souls Graduate AHRC Fellowship, All Souls College, University of Oxford, Oxford, U.K October 2021 - Present

Project Grant, Arts Council England, U.K. December 2020

STEP Travel Grant, European Cultural Foundation, Amsterdam, The Netherlands November 2019

Workweek Prize- Art Licks Weekend 2019, Artquest, London, U.K. October 2019

Emergency Grant, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, U.S.A. October 2019

The Starr Fellowship, Royal Academy Schools, London, U.K. 2018-2019

Oberlin Shansi Fellow, Madurai, India, 2009-2011

Mellon Mays Undergraduate Research Fellow, Oberlin College, Oberlin, U.S.A.,2006-2008

Andrew W. Mellon Fellow Library Fellow, Oberlin College/Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Washington D.C., U.S.A., 2007-2008

Residencies (Selected)

USF Bergen, Bergen, Norway, April - May 2024

Modern Art Oxford, Oxford, U.K., June - October 2023

The White Pube, Online, April 2022

Flat Time House, London, U.K., May - September 2021

Aarhus Centre for Visual Art, Aarhus, Denmark, September/October 2018

Kulturkontakt Austria, Vienna, Austria, April - June 2018

Ox-bow School of Art & Artists' Residency, Saugatuck, U.S.A., July 2015

ACRE, Steuben, U.S.A., July 2015


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