Mike Kelley was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri. After graduating from the University of Kansas, he went to New York City where he studied art and received a Master's Degree from Pratt Institute. In 1981, he began work as a Graphic Designer and Creative Director working with several major metropolitan newspapers. He now lives and has his studio in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Mr. Kelley has received national and international awards for his commercial work and his contemporary art has been in over fifty National Juried Exhibitions throughout the United States.