Innovation and Impact: Past Participants

Kelsey Scult


Kelsey Scult is an interdisciplinary artist currently based in New Orleans, LA. While at Oberlin, she double majored in Studio Art and Africana Studies. After graduating, Kelsey spent a year participating in several artist residencies in Argentina and Chile. She then moved to New Orleans where she currently works at the Contemporary Arts Center in their Performance and Installation departments.

Kelsey’s artistic practice focuses on racial identities, deconstructing white femininity, and inherited trauma. Her mother has been a public defense lawyer for over 25 years and is currently the national director of public defense training and reform. Growing up, Kelsey was inundated with the grotesque realities of the American justice and system. From six years old, she sat in the back of courtrooms watching her mother defend those rendered powerless by our immensely flawed justice system.

She intends to pursue a career that combines criminal justice reform with both personal and community based artistic practices.

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