American, b. 1932
San Antonio, Texas
- Attended Hugo D. Pohl Acadamy of Art School, San Antonio
- Attended Trinity University
- Attended Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts,
- 1954 & 1955 Awarded the William Emlen Cresson European Traveling Scholarship
- 1954 Received Honorable Mention in the Thomas Eakins Figure Painting Competition
- 1955 Won the Celia Beaux Portrait Painting Award.
- 1998 -Mayor’s Award for Naturalized Landscape, Department of Environment, City of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
- 1985 -Illinois Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects Endorsement Presented to Park District Edmund Kelly
- 1985 -State of Illinois Eighty-Fourth General Assembly of the Senate; Senate Resolution No. 420 Offered by Senator John A. D’Arco
- 1985 -City Brightener, Bright New City Inc., Chicago, Illinois
- 1991 -Volunteer of the Year Chicago Area Projects, Chicago, Illinois
- 1969 -$2500 Purchase prize, Sun Carnival National Exhibition, El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso, Texas
- 1965/66 -Second Biennial Citation for outstanding contribution to the Arts, Who’s Who in the South and Southwest
- 1965 -7th Annual Eight State Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture, Top Purchase Award for permanent collection of the Oklahoma Art Center
- 1965 -Julian Onderdonk Memorial Purchase Prize in Texas Annual for the permanent collection of the Witte Museum, San Antonio
- 1963 -First Purchase Prize, 6th Annual Invitational Painting Exhibition, Longview, Texas, view it here.
- 1964 -E.M. Brodnax Memorial Award, 35th Annual Dallas County Painting, Drawing and Sculpture Exhibit, Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, Dallas, Texas
- 1963 -S.J. Wallace Truman Prize ($500.), National Academy of Design Annual Exhibition of American Art, New York
- 1963 -Childe Hassam Purchase ($1200.), American Academy of Arts and Letters
- 1961/62 -Award Winner, Annual Invitational Painting and Sculpture Exhibition, Longview Art League, Longview, Texas
- 1960 -First Prize ($1000.), State Fair of Texas Award, 22nd Annual Texas Painting and Sculpture Exhibit, Dallas Museum of Fine Arts
- 1958/60/61Award Winner, Annual Dallas County Exhibition, Dallas Museum of Fine Arts
Chapman Kelley’s first New York exhibition was resoundingly received in 1963 (sold out and featured with color illustration in Life Magazine, Sept. 20, 1963). Since the middle fifties, Kelley has participated in many of this country’s major national group exhibitions including:
- Pennsylvania Academy Annual, Philadelphia;
- Corcoran Gallery, Washington D.C.;
- Audubon Artist’s Annual, New York;
- Mid-Year Show, Butler Art Institute, Youngstown Ohio;
- Young American Realists, Cummer Gallery of Art, Jacksonville, Florida;
- 20th Century Realists Exhibition, San Diego Museum;
- Pennsylvania Academy Exhibit of Former Students, Philadelphia;
- Midwest Biennial, Josyln Art Museum, Omaha, Nebraska.
Chapman Kelley attended the San Antonio Academy of Art, where artist Hugo Pohl was president and director, for eight years. Upon completion, he entered Trinity University where he studied for 2 ½ years, then the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts for 4 years. While at the Pennsylvania Academy, Kelley was awarded the William Emlen Cresson European Traveling Scholarship in 1954 and 1955. Kelly also received honorable mention in the Thomas Eakins Figure Painting Competition in 1954 and won the Celia Beaux Portrait painting award in 1955.
In 1963, Chapman Kelley sold out his first show with Janet Nessler Gallery in New York. This accomplishment was featured in the September 20th issue of Life Magazine. The article, titled “Sold Out Art”, featured a detail image of one of Kelley’s paintings, The Yellow Chrysanthemum, 1962. Chapman Kelley’s paintings, Pier, 1962 and Lights by the Lake, 1962, were included in his First New York Exhibition at Janet Nessler Gallery.
Throughout the next decade Kelly would expand his artistic style from the impressionistic approach that garnered him early accolades to a more minimalist abstraction style encompassing floral and seasonal imagery. From 1956 to 2010, Kelley compiled an extensive list of over 70 shows and exhibitions throughout the United States. These include the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts; Dallas Museum of Art (7 group exhibitions), Dallas, TX; National Academy of Design, New York; as well as museums in Oklahoma, Louisiana, California, Illinois, Tennessee and other states.
Kelley’s works can be found in numerous museums and collections, including the Dallas Museum of Art, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Former President Lyndon B. Johnson; El Paso Museum of Art, Texas Instruments Inc., Mrs. Eugene McDermott of Dallas, Apparel Mart of Dallas, El Centro and Mountain View Junior Colleges, First National Bank of Dallas, Oklahoma Art Center.