Artist Statement / Bio
Kelly Milukas is a professional multi-media and multi-faceted artist.
Her Keys to the Cure works are sculptures, paintings, and installations that she creates as an expression and instrument for raising awareness for Biotechnolgy and Regenerative Medicine advances and therapeautics. She collaborates with international scientists, laboratories, leaders, and educators in science and medicine. She presents lectures on the imagination and innovation that art and science partnerships can bring to communication, education, and advocation for patients.
There is a playful side of Kelly’s artistic range inspired by her travels, observations and passions. She creates colorful, expressive art in pastel and encaustic that capture the essence of various cultures, animals and still life with big, bold, brave color, shape and texture.
"I have a deep curiosity for life, and it is expressed in vibrant, abstracted scapes, of land, sea, cities, and farms. My art is influenced by an interest for common place motifs found in everyday life. I’m often found exploring gritty and rural places on native and distant travels. My imagery is filled with local color, and visually charged interpretations of the experience. Capturing the light, texture, and repetition of pattern in form, is the foundation of my art."
Kelly Milukas is a professional multi-media artist who creates sculpture, pastel and encaustic painting, and fine art photography.
Her constantly evolving key paintings, along with her companion sculptures and photographs, tell the modern story of biotechnology, stem-cell research and regenerative medicine, inviting the participants to ponder unlocking the mysteries of life.
They have been featured in many one-person, group, and juried exhibitions that include such venues and events as the Museum at Palm Beach Photographic Centre, the Newport Museum of Art, The Ronald Reagan International Forum, The Providence Art Club, and Spring Bull Gallery; among others.
Her art work is in national and international museum, private and corporate collections, such as The Boston Group; Intarcia Therapeutics; and Simpson Healthcare; to name a few.
She is the artist for the Regenerative Medicine Foundation, and the artist in residence for Intarcia Therapeutics, Inc., Boston, MA and Hayward, CA. She leads programs that facilitate a cross-disciplinary artistic expression by fostering an exchange of ideas between artists and scientists. Her focus is on how these vocations may influence each other through personal interaction, and the shared adoption of new advances in science, technologies, and creative visual interpretations.
Kelly and her artwork have been featured in many publications such as ArtScope Magazine, Newport Life Magazine, Palm Beach Daily News, Providence Business News, The Pastel Journal, and many others.
As an artists’ advocate Kelly is the Founder of South Coast Artists (SCA), RI and MA. It is a creative community of artists that practices mutual support and provides access to the arts, arts education, and open studio tours. She also serves on the Executive Board of Managers of the Providence Art Club, RI.
As a public speaker she has presented art business workshops, lectures and keynote speeches in numerous art, science and educational institutions including the Regenerative Medicine Foundation International Forums, SCA and the Portsmouth Arts Guild.
The artist is the recipient of several awards from The Pastel Journal, SCA including a Best in Show award for "Visioning”. She has also received several awards from Rhode Island regionals; Little Compton Art Shows, the Portsmouth Arts Guild, and the Wickford Arts Association.
She serves as a Curator and Juror for exhibitions world-wide. Most recently she served as a Juror for The Sakonnett Collective Open Juried Show.
Kelly studied fine art sculpture at the University of Southern Maine, in addition to on going private studies with contemporary masters in painting.