Kelly Sturhahn, MFA

Associate Professor of Art
Foundations Program Director

As a teacher, I enjoy sharing my passion for art. I am committed to facilitating the artistic development of my students, and to preparing them to become professional artists. Through hands-on learning, students are motivated to explore and master a variety of materials and techniques, and to participate in the larger, vibrant dialogue surrounding contemporary art.

- Kelly Sturhahn

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Kelly Sturhahn

building is Christoverson Humanities - room is 306
Phone 863.680.3018



Kelly Sturhahn is Foundations Program Director and Assistant Professor of Art at Florida Southern College. A nationally recognized artist, Sturhahn's artwork has been widely exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the United States, including solo shows in New York and Florida. Highlights include a recent solo show at the 6th Street Container Alternative Art Space in Miami, FL, as well as solo projects at Skylight Gallery, Times Square Gallery, and Ann Street Gallery in New York. Her work has also been featured in numerous group exhibitions at Cheryl Hazan Contemporary (NY), Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art (NY), Polk Museum of Art (FL), Boca Museum of Art (FL), The Space/Fardom Gallery (NY), Hudson Guild (NY), Garbageman Astronaut Space (OR), Skylight Gallery (NY), Artists Space (NY), and Jack the Pelican Presents (NY), among others; and has been represented at art fairs including Scope in New York and Grendel Miami, during Art Basel. Her artwork may be found in private and public collections internationally. Recently, Sturhahn received an Artist Honorarium from the Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art in New York. She was also selected to be a Visiting Artist at Ringling College of Art and Design in Florida, and an Artist-in-Residence and grant recipient at both the Vermont Studio Center (Vermont), and at Salem Art Works (New York).

In addition to her artistic pursuits, Sturhahn is an active member of the art community. She has juried several exhibitions and currently serves on the Art Selection Committee for the Florida Art in State Buildings Program. She is a member of the Polk Museum of Art, the College Art Association, and the Southeastern College Art Conference. On campus, Sturhahn heads the Foundations Program for the Department of Art and Art History, and co-directs the Visiting Artist Program. She also serves on the Candidate Interview Committee, the Student Life Committee, and the Sustainability Committee.


M.F.A., Hunter College
B.F.A., Ringling College of Art and Design

Honors and Awards

  • Artist Honorarium, Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art, New York – 2015
  • Artist Feature, “Exploring Studio Materials: Teaching Creative Art Making to Children”, by Mary Hafeli, Oxford University Press, 2015, color reproductions - 2015
  • Guest Artist & Lecturer, Cantilevers Journal of the Arts, Florida Southern College, Lakeland, FL - 2014
  • Visiting Artist & Lecturer, Ringling College of Art and Design, Sarasota - 2011
  • Artist-in-Residence, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT - 2010
  • Artist-in-Residence, Salem Art Works, Salem, NY - 2007
  • Artist Gallery Talk/Lecture, Saratoga Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY - 2007

Publications and Exhibitions

“Fluid”, Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art, Staten Island, NY, 2015

“View.Point”, Cheryl Hazan Gallery, New York, NY, 2014, “Working Title”, Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland, FL, 2014, “Small Works”, Utah Arts Alliance, Salt Lake City, UT, 2014

“Kelly Sturhahn: Transient Patterns”, 6th Street Container Alternative Art Space, Miami, FL (Solo), 2013, “The Art of the FSC Faculty”, Melvin Art Gallery, Lakeland, FL, 2013

"Lake Mirror", City Hall, Lakeland, FL (Solo), 2012, "The Gala 2012 Art Auction", Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland, FL, 2012, "Art in Agriculture", Platform Art, Lakeland, FL, 2012

"Kelly Sturhahn: Selected Works", Melvin Art Gallery, Lakeland, FL (Solo), 2011, "60th Annual All Florida Exhibition", Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, FL, 2011

"NorthBrooklyn", Arts@Renaissance, Brooklyn, NY, 2010, "Graphomania", Garbageman/Astronaut Space, Portland, OR, 2010, "Bedtime Stories, Monotone Dreams", Fardom Gallery / The Space, Queens, NY, 2010, "Dreamscape 3: Love is the Answer", The Suffolk, New York, NY, 2010, "Pop-up Art Show", Dumbo Arts Center, Brooklyn, NY, 2010

"Designing Women", Ann Street Gallery, Newburgh, NY, 2009, "Greenhouse", Studio IMC, New York, NY, 2009,

"Nightshift III", Hudson Guild Gallery, New York, NY, 2009, "1013 Grand Open Studios", Brooklyn, NY, 2009