New Lee Kelly ‘59 Interview
People in Portland are familiar with Lee Kelly's large-scale public art sculptures that dot the city. Kelly '59 is an alumnus of PNCA who has recently opened his Leland Iron Works (his studio, sculpture garden, and home in Oregon City) to the college to host an artist-in-residence program. Kelly just turned 85.
Now, artist and critic Paul Sutinen interviews Kelly, stalwart of Portland's arts landscape, on the occasion of his 85th birthday and an exhibition of new work at Elizabeth Leach Gallery for ArtsWatch.
Over a career of nearly 60 years Kelly has completed dozens of public and private sculpture commissions including major works on the Portland Transit Mall and the Rose Garden in Washington Park.