The Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts advances the artist’s spirit of critical thinking, risk taking, and provocation in the arts.

Photo by: Grant Mudford

Mike Kelley. 1989. Collection: Santa Barbara Museum of Art.

We’ve Come a Long Way

Highlights of the Foundation’s activities in 2019 and beyond.

Still from Superman Recites Selections from ‘The Bell Jar’ and Other Works by Sylvia Plath, 1999.


Stephanie Barron

Miwon Kwon

Catherine Opie

Claire Peeps

Ed Rada

Gary Simmons

Joan Weinstein

John C. Welchman, Founding Chair Emeritus

Photo by: Douglas M. Parker

Eviscerated Corpse, 1989.


Mary Clare Stevens, Executive Director

Mark Lightcap, Collections Manager

Amy Via, Registrar

Mary Haberle, Director of Archives

Rochele Gomez, Grants Manager

Justin Edwards, Office Manager

Dana Kelly, Bookkeeper

Last Tool in Use, 1977.