When I was nine years old, pneumonia kept me out of school for a month and my mother gave me paint-by-number kits to keep me busy. That’s how I fell in love with painting. Discovering that colors and paints create worlds was magical to me, and that has never changed. 

Born in Providence, RI, Kiely earned her B.F.A. in painting from Rhode Island School of Design and M.F.A. in painting from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Kiely's studio is in Somerville, MA and she is a Professor of Art at Simmons University in Boston. 
Her exhibitions at galleries and museums include Steven Zevitas Gallery, Boston; Brattleboro Museum, VT; Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; Joseph Carroll & Sons, Boston; Artist’s Space, NY; Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; ZG Gallery, Inc., Chicago; FSU Museum of Fine Arts, Tallahassee, FL; and the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University. Kiely’s work is represented in private and public collections including Fidelity Corporation, The Boston Athenaeum, The DeCordova Museum and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Awards include two Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Fellowships; Bunting Fellowship, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University; three MacDowell Colony Fellowships; New England Foundation for the Arts Painting Fellowship; and School of the Museum of Fine Arts Traveling Scholar Fellowship.
Kiely's work can also be viewed at www.instagram.com/kielystudio.