Kelly Alison is an American artist primarily working in a rural area south of Houston, Texas. Her work has been exhibited in National and International Museums, most notably at the Shanghai Art Museum in China and the National Museum of Art in Lima, Peru. She has been published in books, catalogs and magazines such as Art in America, Texas Monthly and Town and Country and her work is on permanent exhibition in downtown Houston as part of the Wayfinder project .
Alison was born 1957 and raised in the panhandle town of Plainview, Texas. In the late 70’s, early 80’s at The University of Houston she was one of the students involved with the original Lawndale Art Annex, ( Houston’s first alternative space ) where she studied under Richard Stout, Gail Stack, John Alexander, and James Surls.
In 1985, Alison was recognized as the youngest artist in “Fresh Paint: The Houston School”, curated by the highly regarded Barbara Rose and writer, co-curator, Susie Kalil. The prestigious exhibition opened at the Fine Arts Museum in Houston, then traveled to New York to the alternative space, PS1.
Two Art in Public Places projects were awarded to Alison, the Lee High School Mural Project and the Wayfinder Project, sponsored by the Downtown Association and the Cultural Arts Council of Houston. Both remain on permanent exhibit in Houston. Alison was also the first Director of the Winter Street Art Studios during its memorable Grand Opening.
During the 1990’s , Alison worked with the “Rubber Art Mob” Wayne Gilbert, Bill Hailey and Ramzy Telly. At the same time she was exploring the international and invisible world of collective identities and multiple name performers. She performed in a number of offbeat venues under the names l.knomore or Ima Knomore, Helena in the dadaNetCircus production of www. Faust, Discordia in Jonah and the www.Whale and Y2K with Richie Hubscher and the Easy Credit Theater. During this time she had a short Residency at Diverse Works with the dada Net Circus.
In 2006, Alison exhibited in the Corpus Christi Art Museum, ” Art Caliente’ , The Joe Diaz Collection” and the Arlington Art Museum. In July and August of 2006 , Alison traveled to China as part of the exhibition, “Houston Contemporary”, curated by Christopher Zhu and Gus Kopriva at the Shanghai Art Museum in China. In 2007, Alison exhibited in “Amistad” at the Museo de Nationale in Lima Peru and Trujillo, Peru.
In 2012 Alison was the organizer and administrator for “Lone Star Explosion, Houston’s International Performance Art Biennale” and she has been named the Executive Director for the 2014 Event. The event brought in 20 performance artists from all over the world, some from as far away as South Korea, Chili and Finland. It was widely attended and received a great deal of press.
Recent exhibitions include FOURTEEN (Texas Women) at The Art Car Museum, Houston, TX., as well as the group Invitaional Museo de Arte Moderno; Trujillo, Peru. Allison is represented by DM Allison Fine Art in Houston TX and is a current Resident Artist at Box 13 which was named by Houston Press as Houston’s Best artists run art space.
She has taught at the Art League Houston for eight Years.