Kelsey Merreck Wagner (b. 1990) is a printmaker/painter/textile artist and environmental activist. She received her B.A. (Studio Arts; focus: printmaking) at Western Michigan University; her M.A. (Cultural Studies & Sustainability; focus: community-engaged arts) at Appalachian State University, and is currently a Ph.D. student at Michigan State University (Anthropology; focus: environmental art and advocacy). Her research is twofold: she investigates the cultural context of human-elephant conflict and conservation in Southeast Asia; and advocates for and utilizes community-based scholarship/engagement and arts-based methodologies, both of which are crucial components for her own artmaking. She has exhibited work internationally in Cambodia and Italy, as well as across the United States including Chicago, North Carolina, and Michigan; and has done curatorial work with and for art, culture and education institutions around the world. Her research and artmaking are at the nexus of aesthetics, an anthropological inquiry of environmental ruin at human hands, and hope for socio-environmental justice. She is especially interested in using art in science communication to raise awareness, initiate conversation and spark change towards coexistence among all species on the planet.
Kelsey Merreck's ArtPrize Entries
These are Kelsey Merreck's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.
Kelsey Merreck's Past Work
These are images of past work that Kelsey Merreck has done.