2021 Student Art Exhibition
Kellie is a graduate of the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo, with her BA in Art. She attended California College of the Arts in the Bay Area for part of her education. She has been a freelance painter and graphic designer for the past twelve years. Kellie has designed for local business including Kilauea Pottery, Mo’s Fish and Chips, G. Makino Photography, and Yamada Furniture. Her design work brought her to the East Hawai‘i Cultural Center (EHCC) where she aided in creating the newest incarnation of their logo, and currently resides as their Graphic Designer and Education Director. In 2020, she also took on the role of becoming their Executive Director.
Kellie has a passion for community arts with an emphasis on promoting arts education for keiki. She has painted murals in collaboration with the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo Campus Center and Center for Community Engagement as well as at East Hawai‘i Cultural Center. Her commitment to keiki arts stems from her work as an art teacher at various institutions. Prior to the pandemic Kellie was teaching for the UH Hilo Center for Community Engagement, and the E.B. DeSilva EdVenture After-school Enrichment Program.
Currently she can be found at Waiakeawaena Elementary School, where she has been the art teacher for the past 5 years. Through these teaching jobs Kellie discovered a great enjoyment in working with keiki and in 2016 she created the Youth Arts Series (YAS) at EHCC. She feels that arts education is so important for children, and is largely lacking in many public schools. She felt that as a community organization it was necessary for EHCC to do its part in providing art opportunities for keiki, which she has tried to accomplish through YAS and all of her current endeavors.