Kevin Kelly is a homegrown Wichita artist. He was born in 1978 and raised in a working class family. He received a Bachelor in art education from Wichita State University in 2001, and began teaching at Wichita West High School the same year. He earned his MFA in painting from Wichita State University in 2008. His painting has been recognized through the Golden art residence, the Harvester Arts Community Fellowship program, and the Oklahoma Visual Arts Commission. Kelly has been featured in group and solo exhibits in Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and New York for the last 15 years. His work has been featured in several publications.