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Kelly began as a sculptor and has expanded her art making to numerous media and projects. Her portfolio of work includes painting, pastel, photography, encaustic and cast resin sculpture. As of 2010 her art making has taken on projects at the juncture of creativity and science. This body of work contains her nationally exhibited “Keys to the Cures” series and focuses on how art can facilitate the individual stories within science and medicine.

Kelly’s artwork can be found in museums, private and corporate collections, such as The Boston Group, Intarcia Therapeutics and Simpson Healthcare. Kelly is the artist-in-residence for Intarcia and facilitates cross-disciplinary programs in expression through her Imagination Collaboration® projects. Kelly studied fine art sculpture at the University of Southern Maine. Kelly’s story and artwork have been featured in many publications including ArtScope Magazine, Newport Life Magazine, and The Pastel Journal.

Kelly is active in her home state of Rhode Island having served on the executive board and as President of the Providence Art Club. She participates in the South Coast Artists Open Studio Tour as a founding member, and President Emerita. She teaches art workshops, classes and lives in Tiverton, Rhode Island with her daughter Ava who shares her creative passion. Ava authors stories, and is an active, teen social rights advocate.

Follow Kelly’s most recent projects and travels on her blog.



Artist Member of the Salmagundi Art Club
Signature Member of the RI Watercolor Society
Elected Artist Member of the Art League of Rhode Island
Signature Member of the Connecticut Pastel Society
Artist Member of the Providence Art Club 2009-2019


The Boston Group, Boston, MA
Intarcia Therapeutics, Boston, MA “Keys to the Cure Collection”
Intarcia Therapeutics, Hayward, CA “Visioning”
Magenta Therapeutics, Cambridge, MA “Finding My Cure”
Museum of Encaustic Art, Sante Fe, NM
Museum at Palm Beach Photographic Centre, West Palm Beach, FL
Simpson Healthcare, Lyme, CT “Keys to the Cure Collection”
Wake Forest Regenerative Medicine Institute, Winston-Salem, NC “Keys to the Cure Collection”

Museum, Private and Corporate: United States and Internationally


House of Taste, Newport, RI


House of Taste Design, Newport RI, Inaugural Artist in Residence, May 2022 – June 2023
2020 Simpson Healthcare Executives, Pandemic Art Executive Team Workshops
2020 Deep River Farms, Deep River, CT Summer
2019 Magenta Therapeutics, Cambridge, MA
Intarcia Therapeutics, Inc. 2013-2019
Regenerative Medicine Foundation 2010- 2016
Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, Winston-Salem 2010-Present


2019 Summer Exhibition, Solo Show, Taste Gallery, Jamestown,
2015 (ASaP) Artists and Scientists as Partners, Solo Show, Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, Brown University
2014 Lab Thru My Lens and Keys to the Cure, Solo Show, Regenerative Medicine Forum, Berkley, CA
2014 The Art of Science: Under the Surface, Solo Show, Museum at Palm Beach Photographic Centre, West Palm Beach, FL
2013 Keys to the Cure, Maxwell Mays Gallery, Providence Art Club
2011 Keys to the Cure, Solo Show, Ronald Regan International Forum, Washington, DC


Winter 2021 IAPS, Honorable Mention, “Go to the Water”, 39th Open Division, Online Juried Exhibition
2014 SCA Fresh Art Annual Theme, “Visioning”, Best in Show
2014 LCCC Photography Show, Honorable Mention,  “Solar Keys”
2013 SCA Creative Waters Annual Theme, “Stem Streams”, First Place
2012 Pastel Journal “Annual TOP 100 Paintings”,  Honorable Mention “Barn Fencing” Pastel
2011 LCCC Art Show, Honorable Mention, “Udder Color”
2011 LCCC Photography Show, Best in Show Still Life, “Cell Keys”
2009 Pastel Journal “Annual TOP 100 Paintings”, Honorable Mention “Marche Sunrise” Pastel
2011 Pastel Journal “Annual TOP 100 Paintings”,  Honorable Mention “Catch Fish Glow” Pastel


New England Home, Feature Artist, March/April 2023
Sotheby’s Mott & Chace International Realty, 401 Annual Magazine, Artist Feature
Newport Life Magazine, South Coast Studios, December 2021
Colliers Project Leaders, Intarcia, Keys to Cures, 2017
Newport Life Magazine: Home, A magical place, April 2015
Rooney, Ashley. Artists Homes and Studios, Shiffer Publishing 2015
ArtScope Magazine, South Coast Artists Open Their Doors || Stunning, July/Aug 2014
Newport Daily News, Keys to the Cure, Tiverton Artist Commission to Advance Mission, August 2014
A Life Filled with Art and Exploration, Abigael Elizabeth, August, 2014
CIRM, California Stem Cell Agency, The Art of Science, The Science of Art, April 2014
Five Questions with Kelly Milukas, Providence Business News, August 2014
Creating Keys to Unlock Progress, Intarcia Therapeutics Inc., July 2014
Help4HD- Blog Talk Radio, HD View with Regenerative Medicine Foundation and Kelly Milukas, May 2014
Rhode Show | WRPI.COM Great Local Work On Tour, July 2014
CIRM, California Stem Cell Agency, How I Became an Artist Ambassador for Regenerative Medicine, May 2014
Palm Beach Daily News, Spotlight Arts and Entertainment, Art Meets Science, March 2014
Palm Beach Art News, Grow some foot of your own, Review by Myles Ludwig, March 2014
Palm Beach Post, 5 Cool things this weekend, March 2014
A Woman’s Shed, by Gill Heriz, April 2014
The Cortland Review, Cover Art and Selected Quarterly Artist, May 2013
RI Local, Keys to the Cure Feature Article, April 2013
Providence Monthly, Science Meets Cures Feature Article, April 2013
The Bay Magazine, Feature Article, April 2013
Kelly Milukas Color Craving, discover, May 2012
“The Year’s Best 100 Prizewinning Pastels” The Pastel Journal, April 2012
Chitnis, Christine. Markets of New England, The Little Book Room, 2011
“The Year’s Best 100 Prizewinning Pastels” The Pastel Journal, April 2011
“In Lock Up”. This New England Blog. Providence Journal. May 2011
Lisle, Janet. The History of Little Compton, First Light: Sakonnet, 1660-1820. Little Compton Historical Society; 1st ed (2010)
Rooney, Ashley. 100 New England Artists. Shiffer Publishing. 2010
Best of American Pastel Vol. 2, Kennedy Publishing & Best of Books 2010
“The Year’s Best 100 Prizewinning Pastels” The Pastel Journal, April 200


2020 Juror, Pastel Exhibition, Copley Society, Boston, MA
2015 Installation Curator and Guest Artist, (ASaP) Artists and Scientists as Partners, Imagine Symposium, Brown University, Granoff Center for the Creative Arts
2014 Curator: Museum at Palm Beach Photographic Centre, West Palm Beach, FL
“The Art of Science: Under the Surface” a global and juried scientific exhibition featuring art from a microscope that takes the viewer into the world of regenerative medicine and the human body.
2015 Juror: The Sakonnett Collective Open Juried Show
2013 Juror: Little Compton, RI Annual Spring Photography Show


IAPS, “Under the Mediterranean Sea”, 41st Open Division, Online Juried Exhibition, October 2022
IAPS, “Modern Medical Pinball”, 40th Open Division Juried Exhibition, Albuquerque, NM, June 2022
IAPS, Honorable Mention, “Go to the Water”, 39th Open Division, Online Juried Exhibition, Winter 2021
RIWS, Signature Online Juried Member Show, 2021
Pastel Society of Maine, online juried member Show, 2021
2021 RI Watercolor Society, National Exhibition, Painting Through the Pandemic
2019 RED DOT MIAMI, Wynwood Arts District. Miami, FL
2019 Boston International Fine Art Show, Boston, MA 2018
2015 Newport Museum of Art, Newport, RI, Annual Member Show
2015-2018 Providence Art Club
2014 Spring Bull Gallery, Newport, RI  Pastel Invitational
2013 Art League of Rhode Island, Annual Artist Members Exhibition, Providence Art Club
2013 Spring Bull Gallery, Newport, RI
2009-2014 Pastels by Invitation, Cape Cod, MA
2011 Little Compton, RI Spring Photography Show
2002-2012 Little Compton, RI Summer Show
2007-2008 Connecticut Pastel Society: Juried National Renaissance in Pastel Show
2008-2009 ALRI Juried Associate Member Exhibit, Gallery 297
2008 Newport Museum of Art, Newport, RI, Annual Juried Member Show
2006 Newport Museum of Art, Newport, RI,  Annual Juried Member Show
2006 Monhegan House, Monhegan Island, Maine
2006 Rhode Island Watercolor Society, Watercolor Magic Show
2005 Rhode Island Watercolor Society, Bon Voyage Show


Providence Art Club’s Past President, Vice President, and Board of Managers 2013-2019
Founding President Emerita, South Coast Artists, RI and MA 2008-Present
Vice President of Concerts, Professional Facilities Management 1999-2016
Director of Concerts, Providence Performing Arts Center 1999-2016

Teaching, mentoring, corporate workshops, Lecturing

16th Annual International Encaustic Conference, 3-day Workshop Instructor, 2023
15th Annual International Encaustic Conference Lecture, “Inventing Novel ∙AIR∙ Residencies”, 2023
North River Arts Society, Masters Series, Opulent Encaustic Demonstration, 2023
International, Travel Retreat Workshop Instructor for Pastel and Encaustic, 2019 to present
15th Annual International Encaustic Conference, 2-day Workshop Instructor, 2022
15th Annual International Encaustic Conference Lecture, “Art & Science”, 2022
Montserrat College of Art, Graduating Senior Portfolio Critique Team, 2021
Newport Museum of Art, Weekly Multimedia Summer Workshop Instructor, 2020
Jamestown Art Center, 2-day Encaustic Workshop Instructor, 2019
Multimedia Workshop and Weekly Classes (25-30 students) Instructor, Private Instruction, 2021 to present
Private, Corporate, Creative Painting Workshops, University Scientific Labs and Retreat Locations, 2018 to present
Own and Operate Teaching Studio, 2006 to present

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