Heather Ryan Kelley is a professor of art at McNeese State University where she teaches painting. She holds a BFA in printmaking from Southern Methodist University and an MA in painting from Northwestern State University. In 2009 she established The Midden Heap Press, a press devoted to prints, artist books, and collaborative ephemera.

Her most recent series of paintings is titled Some Thoughts about Perfection, a series that engages the convention of vanitas painting. The series incorporates both traditional vanitas symbols and a personal vocabulary of memento mori imagery.

Kelley’s work is included in the collections of the New York Public Library, Cornell University, The Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at the University of Texas, the State University of New York at Buffalo, the Museum of Southeast Texas, the Center for Photography at Woodstock, The Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum at ULL, and the Kansas City Art Institute.


Artist Member since 2013

Master of Art, Northwestern State University

Bachelor of Fine Art, Southern Methodist University