Keely Hooper- Erades


"Philadelphia native, Keely Hooper-Erades, likes to work as a visual devil’s advocate in the field of metalsmithing and forging. In youth she experienced fascination growing up in an industrial city surrounded by a legacy of iron work and appreciation of visiting its shipyards. Coupled with her own families deep roots within Philadelphia, her great grandparents opened McGillin’s Old Ale House, she taps into her love of labour beside her art. Her work explores aspects of critiquing gendered design and function through steel work installations and hand-forged pieces. In 2016 as an undergraduate at Moore College of Art and Design she was awarded the Philadelphia Sculptors Award, which allowed her to become member of the Philadelphia Sculptors Society.
She has currently completed installing a fully hand forged railing at Penland School of Craft alongside master iron artists Hoss Haley and Warren Holzman."

Residencies & Workshops

2016 | Hoss Haley & Warren Holzman, Site-Specific Ironwork Start to Finish
Penland School of Crafts, Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina

Awards, Grants & Fellowships

2016 | Philadelphia Sculpture Award
Philadelphia Sculptors Society, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2015 | W.W. Smith Charitable Trust Scholarship
Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2014 | W.W. Smith Charitable Trust Scholarship
Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2014-2015 | Admissions Grant
Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2014-2015 | Pell Grant
Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Group Exhibitions

2016 | The 11th Hour
HouseGallery 1816, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2016 | Senior Thesis Exhibition
Marian Locks Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2015 | Synergy
Synergy Pop-Up Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2015 | Travel Fellowship Exhibition
Marian Locks Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2014 | SURGE Gallery
Student Run Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2014-2015 | Moore Open Studio Night
Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2013-2016 | Annual Juried Exhibition
Galleries at Moore, Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Lectures & Artist Talks

2016 | Artist Talk "Change of Gatekeepers" 
HouseGallery 1816, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania