Mary Reid Kelley is an artist who makes arresting, playful, and erudite videos that explore the condition of women throughout history. Drawing on literary and historical material, the videos involve intensive research and critical reassessments of standard historical narratives. Mary is involved in every aspect of the videos’ creation—from writing the scripts (typically in highly structured poetic verse), to designing the sets, props, and costumes, to performing the leading roles—and all of the videos are produced by her and her partner, Patrick Kelley, at their private studio.

Mary is a MacArthur Fellow. Her videos and installations have been screened, exhibited, and performed at numerous national and international venues. She is a senior critic at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design and a critic in painting at the Yale University School of Art.

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