Kelley McClung, foundation studies

Kelley McClung

  • M.F.A., lighting and scenic design, University of Minnesota Twin Cities, 2000
  • B.A., studio art and philosophy (minor), Transylvania University, 1982
  • Post-Baccalaureate and graduate work, sculpture, digital/new media and art history, University of Kentucky, 1992-94

"Ignition is inspiration, creating combustion from a small spark, and teaching is providing the fuel. Helping others to develop as thinkers, artist and designers."

Kelley McClung | Chair, foundation studies

Awards, recognition and honors

  • Who's Who of Design Professionals and Architects, 2006
  • Who's Who of American Women, 2004
  • Kennedy Center Faculty Fellowship (lighting design), Washington, D.C., 2002
  • Jury Winner United States Institute for Theatrical Technology Design Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana, 2002
  • Jury Winner USITT Design Exposition, Denver, Colorado, 2000
  • Crisis Point Theatre Grant for "Digital Angel Project," Minneapolis, Minnesota, 2000
  • Century Lighting Award. University of Minnesota Twin Cities, 1999 and 2000
  • USA Amateur Boxing Official, Region IV Olympic Official, 1989-94
  • Arts and Humanities Chair, Kentucky Recreation and Park Society, 1989-92


  • College Art Association
  • Southeastern College Art Conference (SECAC)
  • Performance Studies International
  • Illuminating Engineering Society
  • International Association of Lighting Designers
  • America College Theatre Festival, Georgia State Representative 2003-05
  • United States Institute for Theatrical Technology

Previous Positions

Kelley McClung has been producing time-based media installations and production designs since the late 1980s. These have been seen at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland; the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.; and in numerous internationa and U.S cities, including: Paris, France; Mainz, Germany; Zagreb, Croatia; Shanghai, China; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Chicago, Illinois; Atlanta, Georgia; Los Angeles, California; and New York, New York. In 2000 she created P.I.G. (Performance Installation Group) in Savannah, Georgia, and in 2008 became a founding member of the Medeology Collective.

Publications and presentations


  • "The Academy of the Spectacle: Art Education in the Age of Perpetual Apocalypse," SECAC, Richmond, Virginia, 2010


  • "MISPERFORMANCE: Misfiring, Misfitting, Misreading," 2009 World Stage Design catalog, World Stage Design Digital Gallery, Toronto, Canada, 2005
  • Women by Women catalog, "The Presence of Absence," Mona Bismarck Foundation, Paris, France, 2002
  • TD&T Summer 2002 Lighting Design for Brecht's "Caucasian Chalk Circle," 2002
  • TD&T Summer 2000 Lighting Design for Brecht's "Turandot" American Language Premiere, 2000