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Kirk L. Kelley

At a Glance

Class Year: 1995

Award Year: 2011

Degree: Master of Science in Visualization

Profession: Animation


Kelley, who earned a Master of Science in Visualization Sciences degree in 1995, is the creative director at Laika/house, a world-renowned commercial animation studio acclaimed for its skill in storytelling and character performance in all mediums, including character generation, stop-motion and mixed media. A multitalented photographer, designer, performer and storyteller, Kelley has directed and supervised many of the firm’s high-profile advertising campaigns, including the M&M series, Mac vs. PC, Energizer and Toyota, collecting numerous awards along the way. “They are perennial winners of Ad Week’s Most Memorable Icons and Spots, the New York Times’ Top 10 Spots, Chicago International TV Competition Awards, Mobius Advertising Awards and the Telly Awards,” said Karen Hillier, professor of visualization at Texas A&M. He has also generated attention for his visually and technically innovative campaigns collaborating with top advertising agencies such as TBWA\Chiat\Day’s Media Arts Lab, Amalgamated and BBDO Worldwide. His acclaimed experimental short film “Dia de los Muertos” combines stop-motion and CG characters, backgrounds and effects to create mysterious imagery that blurs the boundaries separating the living from the dead. The short screened at multiple animation festivals around the globe and garnered a Silver award at the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival.