Front Desk, Prints & Posters
After graduating from Indiana University with a major in business and minor in art history, Kelly began her career in 1988 at Butterfield & Butterfield in Los Angeles, where she became a print specialist and eventually head of the department by the mid 1990s. She was a member of the Graphic Arts Council at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and served on the board of the Grunwald Center for Graphic Arts at The Hammer Museum. In 1998, Kelly moved to New York City to take a position as a specialist in the Print department at Christie's and became the head of the department in 2003. She was made a Senior Vice President in the company in 2006.
She began the Editions department at Phillips de Pury & Co. auction house in 2008 with the goal of elevating the level of awareness of what constitutes a fine, handmade print and how one can form a dynamic collection from different time periods and styles at all different price levels. With over 20 years of experience in the print auction market, Kelly has gained a deep understanding of the field and market from both the East and West coasts of the U.S. and Europe. She has become a generalist prints and multiples appraiser ranging from Old Master prints to the most recent Contemporary printmakers produced in an edition. She is also a member of Art Table, a nationwide women's arts organization. She took part in the first U.S. ANTIQUES ROADSHOW tour in Albuquerque in 1997. Her best personal flea market discovery was finding a Richard Diebenkorn etching which luckily no one recognized because he signs his prints with just the initials 'RD'. She wants everyone to have fun and collect more prints!