About Margot

Margot Anne Kelley, photographing Ernest Hemingway's studioMargot grew up in  Massachusetts.  She received a B.A. in English at the College of the Holy Cross, an M.A. and Ph.D. in American literature at Indiana University, and an M.F.A. in media and performing arts at the Massachusetts College of Art & Design. Prior to receiving her M.F.A., she spent a decade as a faculty member in the English Department at Ursinus College. She spent much of the next decade teaching photography and art theory at the Art Institute of Boston, before becoming the Interim Director of the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts in 2011. Currently, she is the executive director of the K2 Family Foundation, and serves as an adviser or board member for a number of other nonprofits focused on finding creative approaches to living more sustainably.

She edited a collection of scholarly essays entitled Gloria Naylor’s Early Novels (Florida, 1999).  Her creative work includes Local Treasures: Geocaching across America, The Thing about the Wind, and A Field Guide to Other People’s Trees, and The Meadow, which she worked on with the photographer Barbara Bosworth and many generous scientists and naturalists.

Her photographs and other art projects have appeared in exhibitions and galleries throughout the United States, among them AXIOM Gallery, the Berman Museum of Art, Center for Creative Photography, Copley Society of Art, the Photographic Resource Center, and Sam Lee Gallery. Her photographs are part of a number of corporate and private collections and in the permanent collections of the Portland (Maine) Museum of Art and Berman Museum of Art.

She resides with her husband, Rob, in Port Clyde, Maine.

Pink skies over island

Programs & Projects
I’m Interested In


Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts
IDSVA offers a low-residency Ph.D. in art theory and philosophy to visual artists, architects, curators, and creative scholars.

Georges River Land Trust Artist-in-Residence Program
This residency program offers professional visual artists, performing artists, and writers the opportunity to pursue their artistic disciplines while being inspired by the Georges River watershed’s extraordinary landscapes.

Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance supports the writing life in all its varied incarnations.

And without all the formal bits:

Margot writes, makes visual art, grows food, and volunteers for arts , environmental, and educational organizations. She is deeply interested in the connections between people and places, the question of how we make meaning, and the ways technology mediates daily life. Margot would have been perfectly happy to have lived in the mid-1800s, if only there’d been wifi and the Internet.