Nancy Kelley is a native of Creve Coeur, Mo., and is a middle child from a large family that includes seven siblings.
“I learned art principles by my mother who taught all of her children what she had learned by attending Temple University as an artist protégé and by her example painting from life at home. I remember when I was four she painted a portrait of me in my high chair. She would say, sit still, a lot! The painting hangs in my home today. It thrills me to be able to use the talent that came so easily to me because of her influence early in my life.”
As Coordinator of Publications/Design for University Relations, Nancy develops conceptual designs and creates the computer graphic artwork for recruitment publications and publications for the Office of the President, based on an integrated marketing strategy. Developing this broad range of publications requires management of a small staff of student workers as well as an extensive library of documents, photos and artwork. The design process itself also requires managing, as it is a long sequence from the first concept work, through proofing and revision, and quality assurance on the final prints.
Nancy earned her teaching degree from Southeast Missouri State University, majoring in Art with a minor in English. She also has an associate’s degree in commercial art and uses resources available to her as a member of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals to continue to develop her skills. She has received many regional and national graphic design competition awards.
When not at work, Nancy enjoys being creative in other ways as well. “Gardening is a large part of my life at home,” she says. “Clyde Glastetter and I have an intensive approach to gardening using a variety of trellis structures, raised beds and a mist and soaker watering system. We also like to work with garden design using perennials, annual flowers and shrubs.” Nancy and Clyde visit with sailing friends and enjoy sailing their 15 ft. Buccaneer on weekends though the summer. On vacation they enjoy hiking, studying nature and camping at high elevation in the mountains where she can practice photography, yet another of her many creative outlets.