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Frente 3 de Fevereiro,  Qué sueñan los tambores?  2011

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2016 - Current

Talking to Action


Collective Situations


Associate Professor, Latin American and Latino Art History

California State University Bakersfield

Teach and develop curriculum on Latin American and Latino art history, along with general theory courses in the Department of Art and Art History at California State University Bakersfield. This is a strategic new position within this Hispanic-Serving Institution and one of the few Latin American and Latino art history faculty positions in the state.

Co-editor, with Grant Kester

Collective Situations: Readings in Contemporary Latin American Art, 1995-2010

This volume's essays, interviews, and artist's statements—many of which are appearing in English for the first time—demonstrate the complex relationship between moments of political transformation and artistic production. Scholars, artists, and art collectives present a range of socially engaged art practices that emerged in Latin America during the Pink Tide period, between 1995 and 2010.


Talking to Action: Art, Pedagogy and Activism in the Americas

Hablar y Actuar: Arte, pedagogía y activismo en las américas

This publication is one of the first to bring together scholarship, critical essays, and documentation of collaborative community-based art making by researchers from across the American hemisphere. The bilingual volume is a compendium of texts, analysis, and research documents from the Talking to Action research and exhibition platform, part of the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA initiative.


2014 - 2021

Talking to Action

2009 - 2016

May 2-4, 2015

LA/LA: Place and Practice, PST:LA/LA, Talking to Action

2007 - 2014

Curator & Lead Researcher, Talking to Action: Art, Pedagogy and Activism in the Americas

Otis College of Art & Design,  The Getty’s Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA.

Independent Curators International

Lead Otis College of Art’s research, curatorial and publication proposal for the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA initiative. Talking to Action collaborated with institutions, artists and theorists in different cities across the hemisphere while collaboratively investigating  community-based art practices for its tour and bilingual publication. Exhibition stops included Los Angeles, Chicago, Phoenix, New York and Valparaiso.

Faculty, Graduate Public Practice Program

Otis College of Art & Design

The Otis Public Practice MFA Program was directed by Suzanne Lacy and was focused on encouraging students to research, question and practice socially engaged work, both individually and collaboratively, in the public sphere. Worked with visiting artists and faculty on community projects, media specific training, public practice theory and exhibition programming were emphasized throughout the program.

Co-organizer, LA/LA: Place and Practice symposium

Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA

A two-day symposium at The Getty Center and the San Diego Museum of Art in conjunction with the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA. The conference inquired into the local side of the LA/LA equation—Los Angeles and the Southern California region extending into Tijuana—considering the direct relationships between local Latino arts communities, migratory experiences and practices that cross the US/Mexico border, and increased exposure to the variety of cultural practices at work in the region.

Managing Director and Co-Editor An online journal of art and culture was started in 2002 as a site to investigate modern and contemporary art. It became a non-profit, bilingual, quarterly online journal that investigated contemporary art throughout the Americas. It is currently operating in archive form and was supported in part by collector Dr. Hector Ziperovich. It was managed by Bill Kelley Jr. (Los Angeles) and co-edited with Maria Fernanda Cartagena (Quito).

Website > Bio/CV

Bill Kelley, Jr. is an educator, curator and writer based in Los Angeles. He holds a Ph.D. in Art History, Theory and Criticism from the University of California at San Diego (UCSD) and a Masters in Art History from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque (UNM).  His current research focuses on collaborative and collective art practices in the Americas. Bill has written for such journals as Afterall, P.E.A.R., and Log Journal. He served as co-curator of the 2011 Encuentro Internacional de Medellín (MDE11) and was the former Director and Co-Editor of the online bilingual journal He currently holds the position of Associate Professor of Latin American and Latino art history at California State University Bakersfield (CSUB). Bill has co-edited an anthology with Grant Kester of collaborative art practices in the Americas entitled: Collective Situations: Readings in Contemporary Latin American Art 1995-2010 (Duke University Press, 2017). Most recently he was Curator and Lead Researcher of Talking to Action: Art, Pedagogy and Activism in the Americas, a research, exhibition and publication platform that toured 5 cities, examining community-based art practices for Otis College of Art as part of The Getty’s Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA initiative. Bill also edited the bilingual volume Talking to Action: Art, Pedagogy and Activism in the Americas, published by the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and distributed by the University of Chicago Press (2017).




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