Mary A. Kelly lives and works in Greystones, Wicklow. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, including New York, Chicago, Paris, Berlin, Dusseldorf, Helsinki and Brussels. Exhibitions include a solo show The Landing, Royal Hibernian Acadamy, Dublin, asylum, Linen Hall, Castlebar, Co. Mayo, Father & Child at Galerie Voss, Düsseldorf, Atelier + Kitchen – Laboratories of the Senses, at Martha Herford Museum, Herford, Germany, I believe help my unbelief as part of 7.42, Lapua Art Museum, Finland, The Cable Factory, Helsinki. Selected group shows include Eurojet Futures, R.H.A., EV+A, Limerick and Perspective, Ormeau Baths, Belfast, Intimacy in Bathing, Kunstmuseum in Ahlen, Germany; Another Island, Contemporary Irish Art, American Irish Historical Society, New York, Sacred Secrets, Custom House Gallery, Westport as part of Kathleen Lynn, Insider on the Outside.
She is the recipient of many awards including Irish American Arts Award in New York 2006 and Student of the Year award in 1998. She has a Psychology and Philosophy degree from U.C.D. 1977, Fine Art Diploma and Film degree from Dun Laoghaire Institute, 1997 and 1998 and an M.A. Fine Art from The National College of Art and Design 2003. She is currently Chair of the Board of Visual Artists Ireland.