Saturday, October 10, 2009

About the Artist

Born and raised in Minnesota, Kellie Hames attained her BFA in printmaking from Minnesota State University Moorhead in 2010. 

Pursuing her love for lithography, Hames applied and was accepted to the world-renowned Tamarind Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 2011. This institution accepts eight students each year to study all aspects of fine art lithography and collaborative printing. After successfully completing the first year Printer Training Program Hames was solely chosen to stay for a second year to work in conjunction with senior shop manager and professional printer Bill Lagattuta in the Master Printer Training Program. Together Hames and Lagattuta worked with and printed for nationally and internationally renowned artists including Charles Arnoldi, Alison Saar, Jim Dine, Toyin Odutola, Willie Cole, and Matt Magee among others. After successfully completing the second year apprenticeship Hames was awarded a Master Printer certificate from Tamarind Institute and to this day holds the record for the most editions pulled by a second year apprentice printer. 

Following her study in Albuquerque Hames returned to the Midwest to obtain her MFA and work with Michael Barnes and Ashley Nason at Northern Illinois University.

Her work has been exhibited nationally, most notably at the Plains Art Museum (Fargo, ND), The North Dakota Museum of Art (Grand Forks, ND) and the University of the Arts Gallery (Philadelphia, PA), among others. 

Hames is currently studying at Northern Illinois University and residing in DeKalb, Illinois.

Kellie can be reached by email at


1 comment:

aine scannell said...

Hi Kelly I came across your blog through a google alert for "printmaking" - I'm a printmaking nut just like you.

Anyways as you seem to be an advanced reduction lino cut printmaker I was wondering if you would consider doing a post for people like me who have "learning difficulties" with being able to think ; in reverse' or something like that. I would like to know how to plan a simple three stage reduction, lino cut.
Then how you go about printing it. I have not been able to find such a thing on the web or on you tube.
Just thought I would ask. Maybe you could demo it at the same time to the public at the museum where you are interning in the print studio ( that's a great position you have gained there - well done!!)

best wishes