Nanette Kelley

I am looking for opportunities in art, cultural, and natural history

facilitation and outreach...  

A lifelong traveler on the roads in-between, I reside half the year in the homeland of my Osage and Cherokee peoples and the other half on California’s Redwood Coast (on unceded Wiyot territory) tending a very demanding flock of ducks. I like to tell people, “My family never stopped migrating.”

My media is primary research, traditional materials, and the natural environment. My method is sound historical interpretation.


Personal mentors such as China-born artist Hung Liu (social realism), Switzerland-born fine artist Lucienne Bloch and Bulgarian-born Stephen Pope Dimitroff (Diego Rivera’s fresco paint mixer and wall plaster engineer/ famed fresco maker team), Tsnungwe citizen Robert Benson (water-colorist), and Vietnam-born multimedia/transdisciplinary artist, Anh-Thuy Nguyen (whose work highlights human relationships and cultural conflicts) although ethnically and politically diverse, gave me an appreciation for works of art as language and not mere aesthetics. I believe art and the environment can be good, universal interpretative catalysts for underrepresented peoples to tell their own cultural histories.

I completed my first B.A. in Art with a Studio emphasis at Humboldt State University, California during the great redwood “timber wars”  to save the old-growth and the tribal “water wars” to save the salmon. Immersed in an environmental and tribal cultural-conflict zone and working as the publicity chair for educational and environmental nonprofits provided me with a good mindset in direct political, cultural, and environmental Public Relations.

Due to Rogers State University’s location within my family's ancestral Osage band territory named after Osage Chief GRAH MOIE (Claremore) Oklahoma, and where my Cherokee family settled after they walked the Trail of Tears, I chose RSU to complete my second B.A. in Corporate Communications. My project emphasis pertained to Public Relations, community outreach, and the creation of regional themed educational learning stations paired with public school curriculum for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.

Recently, I was accepted into the School of Social Transformation, and the Center for Indian Education program Master of Arts studies in Indigenous Education and Policy Studies at Arizona State University (online). I am a contributing writer to Native News Online as one of 6 journalists from throughout the country chosen to cover COVID-19 related stories (my assignment is the 110+ tribal nations in California), a contributor to First American Art Magazine, a California Arts Council Grant Application Peer Review Panelist, and a professional member of the Native American Journalists Association (NAJA). 

My Media: Primary Research Material, Art, and the Natural Environment

My Method: Sound Historical Interpretation

Website Design: Nanette Kelley


Photo Credits Nanette Kelley (unless otherwise noted)

Other Photo Credits:

RSU Public TV photos credit: Bruce Hartley

Broadcaster's conference photo credit: Terry Monday

Pete Seeger Show photos credit: Kate Blalack

Historic Osage Occupation & Allan Houser photos: RSU PR

Portrait photo credit: Jessica Wagner

Ryan RedCorn & Nanette Kelley photo credit: Cathy Coomer