Bill Kelley, Jr

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Bill Kelley, Jr. is an educator, independent curator and theorist based in Los Angeles. He graduated with a Master’s in 19th Century Colonial Art Studies from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque (UNM) in 2001. His current research focuses on collaborative and collective art practices in the Americas. His most recent project included the exhibition ¿Por qué no te callas? Arte, activismo y medios de comunicación, Arte Actual, FLACSO, Quito (2008)  together with a public month-long workshop namedLaboratorio de Arte y Espacio Social (LAES), sponsored by the Museo del Banco Central del Ecuador. In 2009 he organized the collective research project Proyecto Cívico: Diálogos e Interrogantes for the Centro Cultural Tijuana, Mexico. He is the former Director and current Editorial Adviser of the online bilingual journal LatinArt.com. Bill teaches at Otis College’s Graduate Public Practice program and was most recently the co-curator of the 2011 Encuentro Internacional de Medellín (MDE11: Museo de Antioquia, Medellín, Colombia 2011-12). Bill is currently completing his Ph.D. in Contemporary Art, Theory and Criticism at the University of California at San Diego (UCSD), is co-editing an anthology of public and dialogical art practices in the Americas with Grant Kester and his current 2012-2013 curatorial residency at 18th Street Art Center in Santa Monica will be focused on researching the field of Social Practice.