Kelli Vance

Houston, TX


Master of Fine Arts, University of Houston. Houston, Texas. 2008

Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of North Texas. Denton, Texas. 2005

Teaching Experience

2013- present    

  • University of Houston. Affiliate Professor. Houston, TX.
  • Houston Community College. Adjunct Faculty. Houston, TX.


  • Lonestar College. Adjunct Faculty. Cypress, TX.
  • Art Institute of Houston. Adjunct Faculty. Houston, TX.


  • Long Beach City College. Adjunct Faculty. Long Beach,CA.


  • University of Houston. Graduate Instructor. Houston, TX.

Solo Exhibitions


  • Sappers and Miners. Cris Worley Fine Arts. Dallas, TX.    


  • Recital. McClain Gallery. Houston, TX.


  • Myth Maker. Cris Worley Fine Arts. Dallas, TX.


  • Pulse Miami Art Fair. Samuel Freeman Gallery. Miami, FL.
  • A Function of Identity. Samuel Freeman Gallery. Los Angeles, CA.


  • What You Do To Me. McClain Gallery. Houston, TX.
  • Stop Looking At Me . Roswell Museum of Art. Roswell, NM.
  • Awarded solo show for the Texas Biennial  Big Medium Gallery. Austin, TX. Curated by Michael Duncan.


  • Surface. University of Houston Project Gallery. Houston, TX.


  • Kelli Vance: Interiors. Joan Wich & Co. Gallery. Houston, TX.

Group Exhibitions


  • 34th International Exhibition. Meadows Gallery, University of Texas. Tyler, TX.


  • Vignette Art Fair. Dallas, TX.


  • Referendum. Flight Gallery. San Antonio, TX.
  • The Reflection in the Sword of Holofernes. Galveston Artist Residency. Galveston, TX.
  • 32nd Annual International Exhibition. University of Texas at Tyler. Tyler, TX.


  • Contemporary PortraitureThe Gallery at UT Arlington. Arlington, TX.                
  • Homelife Inman Gallery. Houston, TX.
  • 8th Annual Figurative Drawing and Painting Competition and Exhibition Lore Degenstein Gallery. Selinsgrove, PA.


  • Painting and Sculpture. Artscan Gallery. Houston, TX.
  • Wet. Williams Tower. Houston, TX.


  • Faculty Art Exhibit. Houston Community College. Houston, TX.
  • Draped Up and Dripped Out. Mountain View College Gallery. Dallas, TX.
  • Artspace111 Regional Exhibition. Artspace 111. Fort Worth, TX..
  • On Your Mark: Opus. Cris Worley Fine Arts. Dallas, TX.
  • Luck of the Draw. Diverseworks. Houston, TX.


  • More Than A Likeness. McClain Gallery. Houston, TX.
  • Austere Measures. Oak Cliff Cultural Center. Dallas, TX.
  • Texas Biennial: New & Greatest Hits. Big Medium. Austin, TX.


  • Power of Paint. Avis Frank Gallery. Houston, TX.


  • Oye Chica. Mission Projects. Chicago, IL.
  • Spectrum. Avis Frank Gallery. Galveston, TX.
  • Opening Exhibition. Avis Frank Gallery. Galveston, TX.


  • 20 on Paper. Williams Tower Gallery, Houston, TX.
  • Texas Biennial Alumni Show. Big Medium, Austin, TX.
  • SICA Annual Juried Exhibit.  Winner: Best in Show.  SICA. Long Branch, NJ.


  • A Room Of Her Own. McClain Gallery. Houston, TX.
  • In The Dark. McClain Gallery project space. Houston, TX.


  • Thrive. Diverseworks. Houston, TX.     Curated by MaryRoss Taylor.
  • Points of Convergence. College Art Association Exhibition. The Gallery at University of Texas at Arlington.  Arlington, TX.


  • The Big Show”. Lawndale Art Center, Houston, TX.   Juror: Rita Gonzalez: Assistant Curator, Special Exhibitions, Los   Angeles County Museum of Art, LA California


  • Group Show. JoanWich & Co. Gallery. Houston, TX.
  • “The Big Show”. Lawndale Art Center. Houston, TX.    Juror: Dominic Molon : Pamela Alper Associate Curator for the    Museum  of Contemporary Art Chicago


  • 2017  Individual Artist Grant. Houston Arts Alliance, City of Houston. 
  • 2014  Hunting Art Prize Finalist
  • 2013  Hunting Art Prize Finalist
  • 2009 Louis Comfort Tiffany Award Nominee
  • 2008 Roswell Artist-In-Residence, Roswell, New Mexico
  • 2008 Dedalus Foundation Nominee
  • 2007  Friends of the Arts Program Scholarship
  • 2006  Marit Smith Faris Fellowship, University of Houston
  • 2005  Presidential Graduate Fellowship, University of Houston


  •  “The State of the Art: Contemporary Artists in Texas” ebook by June  Mattingly.
  • –  Oxford American Magazine. Photo pg 16.
  • –  The Pulse. Chattanooga. Cover photo.
  • “100 Under 100. Art Superstars of the South”. Oxford American Magazine.  2012.
  • Colpitt, Francis. “Texas Biennial”. Art In America. June 2009.


Works in Permanent Collections

  •  Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art.