Kelly Carmody has exhibited at venues including the Portrait Society of America and the Art Students League. Most recently, she was selected for the 2015 BP Portrait Award Show at the National Portrait Gallery in London and the 2016 Outwin Boochever Award at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C. In addition, the historic Guild of Boston Artists elected her to become a member in 2015, she won the Edmund C. Tarbell Award in her first juried members show. The winning portrait is on the cover of July/August edition of Fine Art Connoisseur. She was awarded the Charles Movali Excellence in Painting Award in 2018. In June of 2015 she received the Blanche E. Colman Award. She was invited to exhibit in the 2016 American Masters show at the Salmagundi Club. In 2019 She won the Newcomb Award for Traditional Painting at the Rockport Art Association.
She currently has work at the Sloane Merrill Gallery in Boston, the Guild of Boston Artists, and the Grenning Gallery in Sag Harbor, Long Island. Publications that have featured her work include American Art Collector, Fine Art Connoisseur, International Artist Magazine, Fine Art Today, Southwest Art, Studio Visit Magazine, Boston Magazine, and The Boston Globe. Carmody has won grants from the Ludwig Foundation, Turkey Land Cove Foundation, and Massachusetts Cultural Council, as well as receiving an Edward G. McDowell Travel Grant. In 2014 she won 3rd place in the Portrait Society’s International Portrait Competition. Carmody attended Massachusetts College of Art and furthered her studies at the Art Students League and in the studio of Numael Pulido. She paints and teaches with her husband, Viktor Butko, in and around their Waltham, MA studio.
“Carmody’s virtuosic handling of paint is quietly gestural,” says curator Katherine French. “Her paintings are not only intelligently composed, but also filled with an exquisite sensitivity to light. In them, she manages to successfully re-interpret 19th century realism for contemporary audiences in a way that is fresh, original and absolutely sincere.” – Katherine French, 2015 Walter Feldman Fellowship Juror