About

My name is Kelly Knaga. I'm an artist, designer, educator and farmer living and working in Chicago and Northwest Indiana. My works are investigations of natural and digital landscapes through the layering of shape, image, color, line and pattern. The use of color exploits historical and sometimes fictional references through anthropological studies, mapmaking, and storytelling. I also love exploring the world around me through film, glitch art, poetry, and zines.

I'm the Director of Design Education at Indiana University Northwest where I teache strategy and design. I also get to work with amazing people and communities as the Executive Director for AIGA Chicago, and Founder of the Voices of Gary project.

I am a constant advocate for Chicago's creative community and design education through my work with the AIGA National Diversity and Inclusion Task Force, as the Producer of Chicago Design Week, a Creative Director and Rally Session Coach for EPIC (Engaging Philanthropy, Inspiring Creatives), and as the Content and Programming Director for the SF/Chicago Hike Conferences and the NYC Secret Handshake Conference

I'm always up for collaboration projects and meeting new people! Please drop me a line and say hello at kel.knaga@gmail.com