Diverse Works logo with white background linked to the home page.



Portrait photographer Keliy Anderson-Staley, known nationally for her work using the 19th-century wet-plate collodion tintype process, will make portraits of members of the Midtown Houston community using a tintype photo booth. Visitors can observe this historic photographic process and sit for a portrait. The event is part of Anderson-Staley’s public art project, Shelter in Place, that will be installed in a public space in late 2018. 


Keliy Anderson-Staley was raised off the grid in Maine, studied photography in New York City and currently lives and teaches photography at the University of Houston in Texas. She holds a BA from Hampshire College in Massachusetts and an MFA in photography from Hunter College in New York.

Anderson-Staley’s images are in the permanent collections of the Library of Congress, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Portland Museum of Art (Maine), and Museum of Fine Arts-Houston. She was the recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, a Puffin Grant, a fellowship from the Howard Foundation, the Carol Crow Fellowship from the Houston Center for Photography and the Clarence John Laughlin Award from the New Orleans Photo Alliance. Her work was published in a solo issue of Light Work’s Contact Sheet and has been shown at the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian, Portland Museum of Art, Akron Art Museum, Bronx Museum of Art, Southeast Museum of Photography and the California Museum of Photography, as well as at a number of galleries around the country. In 2016 she completed a major public commission for the city of Cleveland and the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, producing fifty large-scale portraits for installation in the airport tunnel of the rapid transit line.

Anderson-Staley has been making wet plate collodion tintypes and ambrotypes for eleven years. Her fine art and editorial work has appeared in a number of magazines, including Photo District NewsNew York MagazineArt and AuctionHemispheres Magazine,CameraworkContact SheetConde Nast Traveler, Photograph and Esquire Russia. Online, her work has been featured on Flak Photo,ConscientiousFraction MagazinePetaPixelAhorn Magazine and Daylight Magazine.

Her series of tintype portraits was published in 2014 under the title On A Wet Bough by Waltz Books. She is represented by Catherine Edelman Gallery.


This project is presented by DiverseWorks, with additional support provided by the Houston Arts Alliance and Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts at the University of Houston.

Date & Time:

Saturday, January 13 (12 – 6 pm) and Sunday, January 14 (1 – 4 pm)



Stay tuned for information about the sign-up process and project updates.



MATCH Gallery
3400 Main Street
Houston, TX 77002

Additional Information:

Keliy Anderson-Staley’s website