Denis Kelly

“Photography means ‘writing with light’. Like writing words, it is an active pursuit that combines perception with imagination. I teach the art of photography as exploration, discovery and production of lasting expressions that share our perspective. We build skills of pre-visualization, problem solving and production that last a lifetime and transfer to other endeavors.”


Lecturer of Art

Educational Background

  • B.A., Wabash College – Crawfordsville, IN

Year Joined Franklin



Photographer/Multimedia Producer: Denis Kelly, World Photographer, LLC since 1985

  • Self-employed producing portraits, landscapes and audio recordings worldwide for publicity, fine-art, and the enhancement of families
  • Produce color-managed, high-resolution digital or film capture and high-longevity photographic prints on diverse media up to 360″ long
  • Assignments in Africa, Europe, Asia, South America, Central America and the USA through wilderness areas, ancient ceremonial sites and modern cities resulting in large-scale, multimedia exhibitions
  • Photographs have appeared in galleries, national magazines and newspapers, in most local press, and in hundreds of private collections

Adjunct Instructor of Digital Photography, Art Institute of Indianapolis 2018-2009

Design content, then motivate, facilitate and instruct courses including: Color Management, Editorial Photography, Large Format Photography, Event Photography, Digital Photographic Production, Photo Criticism, Digital Pre-press, Advanced Principles of Photography and Survey of Photography

Selected Professional Accomplishments

Exhibitions (* One-man shows)

*“Hallowed Ground, Seeking Sacred Roots” StART317, Keystone Tower, Indianapolis

*“Eco-Conscience and Holiness: Alaska and Guatemala Edition” The Art Institute of Indianapolis

*“In the Habitat of the Great Bears: Eco-Conscience and Holiness: Alaska Edition” Adjacent to Life Gallery, New York City

*“Eco-Conscience and Holiness: Alaska Edition” M10 Gallery/Studio, CCIC, Indianapolis

*“A Pilgrim’s Journey in France and the Lakota Territory” Brebeuf Jesuit Prep. School, Indianapolis

“A River Runs Through It” Sierra Club Hoosier Chapter Offices, Indianapolis

“Faith and Risk” Indiana Interchurch Center, Spirit and Place Festival

“Reflecting the Past, Inhabiting the Present, Visualizing the Future of the Arts” Clowes Memorial Hall of Butler University

*“Eco-Conscience and Holiness, Journeys of a Pilgrim Artist” Roesch Gallery, University of Dayton

*“Flowing throughout the Hemisphere–The Amazon, White River and Indigenous Peoples” The Hub Gallery, Crooked Creek Development Corporation, Indianapolis.

“Flowing throughout the Hemisphere–The Amazon and White River” Indianapolis Mayor’s Office

*“Life on the Edge: Eco-Conscience”, Marian University, Indianapolis, co-sponsored by The Indianapolis Museum of Art, Marian University’s Center for Organizational Ethics and Richard G. Lugar Franciscan Center for Global Studies at the conference, “Super Cities Don’t Wreak their Watery Worlds”.

“New Art Exhibition” the Offices of the Mayor of Indianapolis, 25th floor of the City County Building

*“Beloved Community with Diverse Origins”, Christian Theological Seminary, Indianapolis

*“Holy Lands, Journeys of a Pilgrim Artist, VIII”, Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School, Indianapolis

“Faculty Art”, The Art Institute of Indianapolis

“Indianapolis Arts” the Offices of the Mayor of Indianapolis, 25th floor of the City County Building

*“Holy Lands, Journeys of a Pilgrim Artist, VII (Origins)”, Mordoh Art Gallery, JCC, Indianapolis

*“Holy Lands, Journeys of a Pilgrim Artist, VI”, including poetry inspired by the artworks by Norbert Kropf, Joe Heithaus, Ruthelen Burns and Joyce Brinkman, Indiana Interchurch Center

*“Holy Lands, Journeys of a Pilgrim Artist, V” Clowes Memorial Hall of Butler University, Indpls. Co-sponsored by The Peace Learning Center and International Interfaith Initiative with generous support from the Lilly Endowment, Inc.

In My Spare Time…

I sing.