ABOUT & ACCOLADES
Ryan Kelley - Local Sculptor & Wire Artist
Artist and sculptor Ryan Kelley creatively transforms wire, wood, metal and stone into unique pieces of art. Ryan is a young artist driving change in the artistic community around him, and an experienced sculptor with hundreds of creations and commissioned pieces to his name. Kelley’s work can be seen in homes and businesses throughout the country. Over the years his pieces have grown in scale and intricacy, much like his signature trees crafted from hundreds or even thousands of wires.
A self-taught artist, Ryan began creating art during free time in high school. His works quickly changed from small gifts for friends and family to beautiful pieces of art for clients and customers. After receiving a Silver Key from the Boston Globe Scholastic Art Awards show in 2011, Kelley submitted his first of many wire sculpture pieces into the Newburyport Art Association (NAA). He has received numerous awards for Best Work in Sculpture.
Ryan has been a member of Board of Directors for the NAA since 2014, adding a youthful and innovative perspective to the board. He is a key contributor to the NAA ArtLink Program, visiting local schools to teach and inspire young artists to follow their passions in the arts. Ryan also provides private classes within his home studio or in clients’ homes and businesses.
Ryan sources his wire from WesBell Electronics in Merrimack, New Hampshire. In producing his collected works thus far, Ryan has used over 30 miles of wire, with many miles still to come.
Other organizations that Kelley is involved with include The Newburyport Chamber of Commerce, The New England Sculptors Association, and The International Furnishings and Design Association.
Clients can select from Ryan's collection of completed works or commission a bespoke piece of art for their home or business by Contacting Ryan.
The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards Silver Key for Excellence in Sculpture - 2011
Newburyport Art Association 13th Annual Young and Budding Artist Show Susan Pursell Award for Excellence "Wild Mantis"- 2011
Newburyport Art Association Spring Members' Juried Show Newburyport Institution for Savings Charitable Foundation Award for work in Sculpture or Fine Crafts "Written in Stone"- 2011
Newburyport Art Association Winter Member's Juried Show Part 2 Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank Award for work in Mixed Media "Tree-O"- 2012
Newburyport Art Association 17th Annual Regional Juried Show Philip J. and Maria Stern Memorial Award for work in Sculpture "Lonely"- 2014
Newburyport Art Association Fall Members' Juried Show Part 2 Strem Chemicals, Inc. Award for Best work in Sculpture "Silver Majesty"- 2014
Newburyport Art Association Winter Members' Juried Show Part 1 Newburyport Development Award for Best Work in Sculpture "Latched"- 2015
Newburyport Art Association Winter Members' Juried Show Part 1 Sam Sargent Award for Best in Show "Reaching Out"- 2015
Newburyport Art Association Fall Members' Juried Show Part 1 Strem Chemicals, Inc. Award for Best Work in Sculpture "Docce Autunno" - 2015
Rockport Art Association Grassroots: An Emerging Artists Exhibition Honorable Mention Certification of Excellence “Precarious” - 2018
Rockport Art Association Grassroots: An Emerging Artists Exhibition Honorable Mention Certification of Excellence “Regal Night” - 2019