Chapman Kelley



Chapman Kelley was boin in San Antonio, Texas in 1932. He attended the Hugo D. Pohl Art School at San Antonio, thereafter, Trinity University, and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art. During his time at Pennsylvania, he was awarded the William Emlen Cresson European Traveling Scholarship in 1954 and 1955 among others.

Chapman Kelley is one of the few painters to be included in major art collections such as the DeKooning’s and the Hirshhorn’s.  He has won major national recognition from Edward Hopper and Jacques Lipschitz, and has been invited to lecture at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design and Yale’s School of Art and Architecture about his important “Wildflower Works.”

Chapman Kelley’s first New York exhibition was resoundingly received in 1963, having sold out and was featured in Life magazine in September 1963. Mr. Kelley was honored to be included in the 1965 “Who’s Who In The South and Southwest” for its Biannual Citation in Art, along with Jasper Johns and Gene Davis, and other recipients such as Dr. Michael DeBakey in medicine, and Senator J. William Fullbright in government.

Since the mid-1950’s, Kelley has participated in many of this country’s major national group exhibitions including Pennsylvania Academy Annual, Philadelphia; Corcoran Gallery, Washington D.C.; Audubon Artist’s Annual, New York; Young American Realists, Cummer Gallery of Art, Jacksonville, Florida; 20th Century Realists Exhibition, San Diego Museum; and the Midwest Biennial, Joslyn Art Museum, Missouri.  He has received extraordinary honors from renowned art museums and institutions across the country.

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