’07 MFA Art
Danielle Kelly is the executive director of Las Vegas’ Neon Museum. Her sculpture and performance-based work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Las Vegas. She is a contributing writer to a variety of regional publications.
Under her guidance, Kelly has helped the Neon Museum transition from a small grassroots entity with 500 monthly visitors to one that hosts more than 7,000 visitors per month and is a USA Today editor’s pick for best Las Vegas attractions. She was the project manager for the rehabilitation of the historic La Concha Motel Lobby into the Neon Museum’s visitor center and also oversaw the restoration and installation of six iconic signs as public art on Las Vegas Boulevard. She even led the curation and installation of the Neon Museum’s Boneyard.
Since graduating from UNLV, Kelly has helped UNLV graduates attain valuable internship experiences and jobs in the field. She has been a visiting artist and/or lecturer at a variety of institutions, including the Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland Community College, Whittier College, the Clark County Government Center, and the Wildlife Divide, a Southern Nevada Conservancy initiative at Mt. Charleston. In 2010, she was awarded a Jackpot Grant by the Nevada Arts Council and a Cirque du Soleil Support for the Cultural Milieu Grant. She’s a 2015 graduate of the Las Vegas Chamber’s Leadership Institute.