Kellie Lehr is a visual artist living in Fayetteville, AR. Lehr received her MFA from Lesley University College of Art and Design in Cambridge, MA (June 2022) and a BSBA from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR. Her work has been included in numerous exhibitions throughout the US, including 21C Museum Hotel in Bentonville, AR; the Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock; Manifest Gallery in Cincinnati; The Raizes Gallery in the Lunder Arts Center, Cambridge, MA; and The Painting Center in NYC. In addition, Lehr is the Gallery Director and Curator for 211 South, a contemporary art gallery located at 211 South Main St. in Bentonville, AR.
I am an abstract painter working with oil, acrylic, ink, and textiles on canvas and paper. My layered geometric and gestural paintings explore the ritualistic, performative aspects of painting and alternative ways of experiencing time and space through memory, present moment awareness, and imagination. References to mythology, psychology, and meditative practices are built into the work. Both forms and processes explore presence and absence, removal and addition, chance and intention.