Joan Marie Kelly is an Urban Ecologist. She has been living and teaching in Asia since 2005 as a Senior Lecturer at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. Asia inspired her to develop a social art practice investigating the ecosystem of the city, initiating artistic connections with migrant workers and disenfranchised communities. The act of painting is a point of encounter, empowering people through creativity in neighborhoods of Kolkata, Shenzhen, Singapore, and Thailand. Kelly majored in painting but is just as comfortable with sculpting in clay using various firing techniques from wood fire to Ruku. Her recent solo exhibitions were held in New Delhi India, Blue Mountain Gallery New York City and Smith College USA. Recent Biennale’s include, Beijing Izmir Turkey, Korea, and Casablanca. A 2012 publication of her work “Zones of Contact: The Public Art of Joan Marie Kelly” includes an essay by New York Art critic David Cohen.