Kelly Walters is a multimedia designer, researcher, and curator who is inspired by graphic design and the power it has to affect people on both a local and global scale. She is the founder of Bright Polka Dot (an independent design practice) focusing on print, digital, pattern and textile design. Kelly has worked as a designer for Alexander Isley, Inc. Designers, the RISD Museum, SFMOMA, Atavist, SOMArts Cultural Center and Blue State Digital.
Her visual approach is informed by her graduate work, which investigates the intersection of black cultural identity, representation, and language in mainstream media. Kelly has previously taught at the University of Bridgeport, the Rhode Island School of Design and the University of San Francisco. In 2015, she was awarded an AICAD Post-Graduate Teaching Fellowship at California College of the Arts (CCA). As a Visiting Artist in CCA's Graphic Design program, she taught experimental methods in Interactive Design. She graduated from the University of Connecticut with a dual degree in Communication and Communication Design, and received her MFA in Graphic Design from the Rhode Island School of Design. Kelly is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor in Graphic Design at the University of Connecticut.
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