Kelly Carmody | 1977 | Boston, Massachusetts

Artist Bio

Kelly Carmody has exhibited at venues including the Portrait Society of America and the Art Students League. Most recently, she was selected for the 2015 BP Portrait Award Show at the National Portrait Gallery in London and the 2016 Outwin Boochever Award at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C.  In addition, the historic Guild of Boston Artists elected her to become a member in 2015,  she won the Edmund C. Tarbell Award in her first juried members show. The winning portrait is on the cover of July/August edition of Fine Art Connoisseur.   In June of 2015 she received the Blanche E. Colman Award.  She was invited to exhibit in the 2016 American Masters show at the Salmagundi Club.

She  currently has work at the Sloane Merrill Gallery in Boston,  the Guild of Boston Artists, and the Ann Long Gallery in Charleston, SC.  Publications that have featured her work include American Art Collector, Fine Art Connoisseur, International Artist Magazine, Fine Art Today, Southwest Art, Studio Visit Magazine, Boston Magazine, and The Boston Globe. Carmody has won grants from the Ludwig Foundation, Turkey Land Cove Foundation, and Massachusetts Cultural Council, as well as receiving an Edward G. McDowell Travel Grant and the Walter Feldman Grant. In 2014 she won 3rd place in the Portrait Society’s International Portrait Competition.

Carmody attended Massachusetts College of Art and furthered her studies at the Art Students League and in the studio of Numael Pulido.

She paints and teaches in her Waltham, MA studio.

Artist Exhibitions



Walter Feldman Gallery,  Kelly Carmody: Deeper Sense,  Boston, MA

Sloane Merrill Gallery, Kelly Carmody: Evocations, Boston MA

2006 Newton Free Library,  Portraits in Oil, Newton, MA
2005 Stel’s,    Fashionably    Late:  Oil Portraits by Kelly Carmody, Boston, MA


2016 National Portrait Gallery,  Outwin Boochever Exhibtion, Washington D.C
Salmagundi Club, American Masters 2016, New York, NY
Ann Long Fine Art, Stillness, Charleston, South Carolina
American Masters 2016, Salmagundi Club, New York,  NY
2015 National Portrait Gallery, BP Portrait Award Exhibtion, London England
The Guild of Boston Artists, Members Show, Boston, MA

Ann Long Gallery, Hats, Headdresses and Turbans, Charleston, SC
Sloane Merrill Gallery, New Faces, Boston, MA
Portrait Society of America, The Art of the Portrait, Reston, VA

2013 Art Students League, Grant Winners Exhibition, New York, NY
Ann Long Gallery, Birds of a Feather, Charleston, SC
Sloane Merrill Gallery, Back to Back, Boston, MA
The Art Students League, Affordable Art Fair, New York, NY
2012 The Guild of Boston Artists, Annual Representational Painting Competition,Boston, MA
2011 Art Students League, Merit Scholarship Winners Exhibition, New York, NY
2008 The Guild of Boston Artists, Annual Representational Painting Competition, Boston, MA
2007 Cambridge Art Association, RED, Cambridge, MA


2015 Colman Blanche Award
Edmund C. Tarbell Award, The Guild of Boston Artists
Finalist for the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition
Finalist for the BP Portait Award
2014 3rd Place, The Art of the Portrait International Portrait Competition
2013 Finalist, Figurative Painting Competition, Art Renewal Center
2012 Finalist, Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant for Painting
2010 Merit Scholarship, Art Students League
2008 Finalist, Figurative Painting Competition, Art Renewal Center
Emerging Artist Award, Annual New England Representational Competition,Guild Of Boston Artists
2007 Best of Show, RED, Cambridge Art Association
Finalist, The Artist’s Magazine, 24th Annual Art Competition, Portraits and Figure


2015 Walter Feldman Emerging Artist Grant
2014 Turkey Land Cove Foundation, Artist in Residence
Walter Feldman Fellowship
2012 The Wassaic Project, Artist in Residence
2011 Edward G. McDowell Travel Grant (2 months travel to Europe)
2010 Jean Gates Foundation Grant
2008 Welcome Hill Studios, Artist in Residence
Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation Grant


2016 The Southampton Review, Summer/Fall 2016
Southwest Art,  Kim Agricola.  “Artist to Watch“, November 2016
2015 Fine Art Connoisseur, Cover,  July/August 2015
2014 Fine Art Today, Carlson, Jeffrey. “Kelly Carmody, Classical Painter,Contemporary Elegance,” July, 2014
Fine Art Today, Carlson, Jeffrey. “Big Winners Announced in Annual Portrait Competition,” May/June 2014
American Art Collector, Stricklin, Krystle. “A Will of Their Own,” August 2014 p.64­67
International Artist Magazine, 16th Annual Awards Showcase, August/September, p. 34­39
2012 Melrose Free Press, Sacco, Jessica. “Artist Packs History, Modernism into Tiny Canvases,” September 6, 2012 p.B1
Northshore Magazine, Jacques, Kiley. “Little Treasures,” December 2012, p.29
LINEA Journal of the Art Students League, Vol. 16, No.1, p. 13
2011 Boston Home Magazine, Vickman, Anne. “Found Art,” Fall 2011
2010 LINEA Journal of the Art Students League, Vol. 14, No.2, p. 19
2008 Studio Visit Magazine
2006 Boston Globe, City Weekly. “Faces of Boston” Review, June 25, 2006, p. 1­2
2005 Weekly Dig, Ledogar, Kate. “Screaming from the Gallery”
“Fashionably Late,” Review, November 16, 2005, p.60
Boston Globe Sidekick. Feature, “Fashionably Late,” November 3, 2005, p. 2
2004 Boston Magazine, “Open Season,” Portrait featured in press for Fort Point Open Studios, October 2004, p. 249


2008 ­ Present Beginning and Advanced Oil Painting, Waltham, MA
2013 Andover’s Artist Guild, Andover, MA, Artist Talk and Demonstration
The Art Room, Topsfield, MA, Artist Talk and Demonstration
Melrose Art Association, Artist Talk and Demo


2009-­11 Art Students League, New York, NY
2002-­04 Studio of Numael Pulido, Hancock, NH
1998­-01 University of Massachusetts Boston, Bachelor of Arts, Boston, MA
1995­-97 Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA

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