Keela Dooley Marshall has been named the Executive Director of the Floyd Center for the Arts. A New River Valley Native, Keela’s strategic goals included bringing new possibilities to the center that include both traditional and technology-related processes in an all-inclusive art-centered environment.
Mrs. Marshall graduated from Auburn High School in Riner, VA and her passion for studio art led her to Radford University where she graduated with her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art, concentrating in Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design under the mentorship of master metalsmith, Alison Pack Bova. Upon her 2015 graduation, she was named the Art Department’s Most Outstanding Senior.
She pursued her Master of Fine Arts Degree at the University of North Texas in Denton where she apprenticed with world-renowned master enamellist, Harlan Butt and master metalsmith James Thurman. Ranked a tier 1 research university by the Carnegie Research Classification, her master’s studies at UNT enabled her to embrace her pedagogy, technology, and innovation while maintaining her traditional studio practice. In addition to her personal research, she held the position of interim Lab Manager of the College of Visual Art and Design’s Fab Lab. Upon completion of her M.F.A. in Metalsmithing and Jewelry with a minor in Sculpture, she was the Lab Manager of a printing and digital fabrication business, a program she developed within the Art Department at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina.
As a sculptor and metalsmith, Mrs. Marshall brings an intimate understanding of the creative process to her new position. As an award-winning artist, she has exhibited in venues like Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN, Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design’s Delmar Loop Gallery in St. Louis, MO, Umbrella Gallery in Dallas, TX, and many more.
Marshall says she’s delighted to be back in southwest Virginia and looks forward to becoming a part of both the art center and the community.