Kelly Connole, is a studio artist and educator living in Northfield, MN. She earned her MFA from San Francisco State University and her BFA from University of Montana. Her work combines the tactile nature of clay with images of memories and emotions addressing relationships within environments: natural and constructed, human and animal. Her work has been exhibited in numerous galleries across the country. She is the recipient of many awards including a McKnight Residency, a Jerome Project Grant, a Minnesota State Arts Board Grant, and a 2014 McKnight Fellowship. She is an associate professor at Carleton College in Northfield, MN.