Nikki Kelsay

Nikki Kelsay (she/her) is a senior at the University of Illinois pursuing a BFA in Art Education with a minor in Art History. She is from Wheaton, Illinois and currently resides in Champaign. After graduation, Kelsay plans on taking a gap year to make artwork and will apply to graduate school for painting and visual arts in the future. She eventually wants to become a painter and professor, and is a student teacher this semester. She draws a lot of inspiration from her own life experiences as a queer woman and her religious upbringing. Kelsay wants to explore present-day relationships and tensions between religion, specifically Christianity, and sexuality and the origins of these intersections. She researches how religions influences society, such as how misogyny is perpetrated through certain Christian traditions and ideals. Kelsay also draws inspiration from post-apocalyptic, grotesque, and macabre work.