Maureen Kelman is a sculptor and textile artist and has been a professor of art at CCRI since 1981. A recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, Kelman has exhibited her artwork nationally and internationally, including shows at the Cleveland Museum of Art; Korea’s Cheongju International Craft Biennale; the International Shibori Symposium in Nagoya, Japan; the Fuller Museum and the Worcester Center for Crafts in Massachusetts; and Brown University's Bell Gallery, Chazan Gallery and Providence Art Club in Rhode Island.
Kelman’s artwork incorporates resist-dyed fabrics into sculptural forms. She uses variations on traditional Japanese dyeing methods and pojagi, a traditional Korean stitching technique, to produce patterned, three-dimensional fabrics. These fabrics are combined with mixed-media skeletal structures into three-dimensional constructions.
Professor Kelman has also taught at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Massachusetts College of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, and Snow Farm in Massachusetts.