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b. 1991 Kelly Shami is a first-generation artist of Syrian and Lebanese descent born in New Jersey. She resides and works in New York City. 


Solo Exhibitions

2023, [May-JuneMissed Connections, Long Story Short Gallery, Paris, France

2022-2023, [Dec.-Jan.] You Met Me At A Strange Time In My Life, New Image Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Group Exhibitions

2023, [February] You Need A Mango To Give A Mango, New Image Art Gallery, CDMX, Mexico City, Mexico

2022, [June-July] Fem. Group Show, Alchemy Gallery, 55 Delancey Street - New York, NY

2022, [July-Aug.] The Patriot Group Show, O'Flaherty's, New York, NY

2022, [Jan.-Feb.] "Blad'na" Group Show with Middle East Archive and Ya Habibi Market, New York, NY

2021, [Sept.-Oct.] Innovate Group Show, Untitled Space, New York, NY


BFA, School of Visual Arts, 2009-2013

Pre-College Printmaking Program, School of Visual Arts, 2007-2009


2022, GQ Middle East Instagram Highlight: Kelly Shami

2022,, Alchemy Gallery Feature

2022, Between East, Middle East Creator Feature

2021, Office People, Office Magazine, Issue 15

2020, Vogue Italia, Kelly Shami - Artist Feature

2020, Milk Studios, Ones To Watch: Kelly Shami

2019, Flaunt Magazine, Q&A | Kelly Shami "Nameplate Poetry"

Honors & Awards​

2013, School of Visual Arts Honors Program Graduate

2009, AANJ - NJ Emerging Artist


2020, Apple: Art Lab with Kelly Shami in New York City | 940 Madison Ave

2019, AIGA First Generation Artist Conversation

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