Kelly Haneklau is a self-proclaimed anti-racist artist. She adopted this title to raise awareness that self-identity is one pathway to changing stereotypes and starting conversations. As a free-lance artist, CEO and lead instructor of Minor Miracles, Kelly enjoys art in its many forms. She works with customers and students to create their vision, help them attain one, or advance their skill level. Her specialties include creating original commissioned artwork and custom murals. She provides art lessons, and enjoys painting, drawing and sculpting just about anything.
She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Fine Art and is always active in one or more art projects on any given day. One of her great loves is helping people of all ages, races, religions, sexual orientations, and backgrounds, reach their true potential through art.
Kelly works in many applications, however, her primary medium is acrylic on canvas/wood. Her work balances color, light and form carefully to culminate into a feast for the eyes. Depth in her compositions emerges like a visual journey you want to travel to again and again.
Her most recent projects focus on the racial injustices in America. She is half of the performance group, K[squared]² where she speed paints live in front of an audience, while her poetic partner, Kim B Miller, (author, facilitator, poet laureate and motivational speaker) recites poetry and spoken word.
She hopes her work can help to make a difference by bringing people together to talk about art as a way of bridging the gap between ideas. Kelly thrives off of the lawlessness of art, not only in her journey of admiring and collecting art, but in her own personal creations. Her art theory on style and subject matter is a simple one: "It is not necessary to remain focused on one style or technique or genre. Thinking and creating outside the box is a must for me. There is no box to begin with." -Kelly Haneklau
"It is not necessary to remain focused on one style or technique or genre. Thinking and creating outside the box is a must for me. There is no box to begin with." Kelly Haneklau
"After reading a powerful article by James Haywood Rolling, Jr., President of the National Art Education Association, Chair of the NAEA Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion Commission and Professor of Arts Education, Syracuse University....it became clear to me that in order to help the racial injustice in our nation, I had to start with my self identification. This simple act alone, if done by many, can make a difference.
I changed my title of Artist to Anti-Racist Artist."