(Staking site for Haudenosaunee "Solar Longhouse", 2012 Version
at Woodland Cultural Centre, Brantford, Ontario)
Kelly Greene, a member of the Six Nations Reserve in Ohsweken, Ontario, is of Mohawk, Oneida and Sicilian descent. Kelly was born in Buffalo, New York and has lived in London, Ontario since 1989. She began her post-secondary education at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, where she lived for 20 years, thereafter moving to London and graduating from the University of Western Ontario with a Bachelor of Fine Art Degree.
Greene’s artwork has been exhibited primarily at the Woodland Cultural Centre in Brantford, Ontario in their annual exhibit, "Indigenous Art", as well as in galleries and museums in Banff, Alberta; Vancouver, B.C.; Montreal, Quebec; Ottawa, Thunder Bay, Toronto, and London, Ontario; Santa Fe, New Mexico, and most recently in Howes Cave, New York. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Woodland Cultural Centre, the Dundas Valley School of Art, the University of Western Ontario’s Visual Art Department, and private collections in Ontario and the United States. In 2012 and 2015, she was commissioned to complete two permanent outdoor installations for the Woodland Cultural Centre.
Her work focuses primarily on land claims, current environmental conditions, and atrocities and injustices towards North America's Indigenous people. She continually tries to understand her Haudenosaunee identity, a culture she wasn't raised in, but began learning after moving to Ontario and immediately meeting Tom Hill, the renowned, devoted Museum Director at the Woodland Cultural Centre (1982-2005), whose support influenced her continued investigation and practice, as did numerous teachings from family, teachers, and community members. Additionally, the support and knowledge from all Directors and Staff at the Woodland Cultural Centre have contributed to Kelly's gratitude for their ongoing teachings as well as their acceptance of the diversity of media used to express her visual commentaries.