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. 
 
Kiely's recent exhibitions at galleries and museums include solo shows at the Steven Zevitas Gallery, Boston and The Cost Annex, Boston. Recent group exhibitions include the Brattleboro Museum & Arts Center, Brattleboro, VT; The Painting Center, NY, NY; Museum of Art at the University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH; Attleboro Arts Museum, Attleboro, MA; Andrew Edlin Gallery, NY, NY; Bowery Gallery, NY, NY; and the New Bedford Art Museum, New Bedford, MA.
Kiely’s work is represented in private and public collections including Fidelity Corporation, The Boston Athenaeum, The DeCordova Museum, Wellington Management 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.