Art Historian // Curator // Educator


Kelsey is an Art History Ph.D. candidate and Caroline H. and Thomas S. Royster Fellow at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She was advised by Dr. Mary D. Sheriff until Dr. Sheriff’s passing in the fall of 2016, and is currently advised by Dr. Melissa Hyde (University of Florida, Gainesville). Her fields of specialization rest in early modern Europe (though she often ventures to the 19th and early 20th centuries for various curatorial projects), with particular emphasis on eighteenth-century French art, works on paper, and women artists from 1450-1950. Her dissertation project explores women artists’ relationship to printmaking in eighteenth-century France, including their roles as designers, engravers, and exhibitors of prints. She has gained extensive connoisseurial knowledge of works on paper through both her museum work and relationship to private collectors, and has curated or co-curated three works-on-paper exhibitions to date.

Originally from Loveland, Colorado, Kelsey received a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Colorado, Boulder and an M.A. in Art History with a minor in Women’s Studies from the University of New Mexico. She is the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards, including the Mary Vidal Memorial Award from the Historians of Eighteenth-Century Art & Architecture to conduct research at the Louvre’s Départment des Arts graphiques. Her M.A. thesis, “The Ideal Citoyenne: Women, Class, & the French Revolution in Philibert Louis Debucourt’s Fine-Art Prints”, resulted from this research. In 2017, she received the ‘Rare Prints Project’ internship at the National Gallery of Artwhere she researched the gallery’s collection of reproductive prints of 17th- to 19th-century French and Italian paintings (the results of her research can be found here). From 2017 to 2018 Kelsey served as the Object-Based Teaching Fellow at the Ackland Art Museum in Chapel Hill, where she utilized art from the Ackland’s temporary and permanent installations to teach university courses. She also recently completed the Dedo and Barron Kidd McDermott Curatorial Intern for European Art at the Dallas Museum of Art, where she worked on several exhibitions dedicated to women artists. Her works on paper exhibition, Violence and Defiance, debuted at the Dallas Museum of Art in August of 2019.

For the 2019-2020 academic year, Kelsey will be in Paris conducting dissertation research thanks to the generous support of the UNC-CH Georges Lurcy Dissertation Research Fellowship.

In addition to her research and professional appointments, Kelsey has served on editorial and symposium committees, presented at national and interdisciplinary conferences, served as Co-Director of the Royster Advanced Mentoring Program at UNC-CH, was elected Co-President of the UNC Art Student Graduate Organization, and studied abroad at both the Université Paris-Sorbonne and the Università per Stranieri di Perugia.