James Castle House Short Stay Residency

I was selected as a short stay resident at the James Castle House in Boise, Idaho. I will be living and working at the house January 17-27, 2020. There will be an open studio event on Saturday, January 25 from 1-3pm. James Castle is a fascinating figure who created enigmatic work. I can't wait to have this dedicated time to work at the house. Stop by and say hi!

Partnership with Oro Fino Coffee

Excited to be part of Oro Fino Coffee's new project to solicite original work to print on apparel and other merchandise. Artists receive half the proceeds, while the other half continues to help fund scholarships for the Oro Fino Student Cup Art Competition. Limited Edition T-shirts are now available at the shop (as of Dec 2019). And more to come!

Ruminations / Remediations

Exhibition in May 2018 with Kathy Schmidt at the Stoplight Art in Anaconda. Opening reception Saturday, May 5 from 1-4pm.

Bright Bones

My artwork is featured on the forthcoming book Bright Bones from Open Country Press. The cover design is by Nann Parrett. The book is an anthology of contemporary Montana writing. Available this May!

A Glimpse of Clarity

E3 Gallery in Missoula is pleased to present the recent works of Elisha Harteis and Kelly Packer in “A Glimpse of Clarity”.

Join us for an opening reception First Friday, April 6, 2018 from 5-9pm.

Great article about the exhibition by Melissa Mylchreest in the Missoula Independent
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Community Supported Art (CSA) Prints

50 3-color linoleum-block prints each with hand-drawn additions. Extra prints available through the IBRC.

Individual prints are available through the Phoenix Fabrication Studios' Etsy store.


Honored to be invited to be a part of this group show at the Visual Art Collective in Garden City, Idaho. Exhibition up through end of July 2017.

100 Years, a Butte Community Exhibition

Exhibition up May-June 2017.

Cover artwork for Possible Distance by Fred Giacomino

Winner of the 2016 Oro Fino Chapbook Competition from Educe Press.

Available now Amazon.

Imagine Butte Resource Center CSA (Community Supported Art) 2017

I'm excited to be included as an artist in the IBRC's first-ever CSA. Prints will be mailed every quarter. Limited memberships are available on the IBRC website. Help support Montana artists and get a lot of great artwork.

Missoula Art Museum Auction

My piece 'ARRIVED AT' will be up for silent auction of the Missoula Art Museum's 45th Benefit Auction on February 4, 2017.

Bleed Necklace: The Body Undone From Its Error

drawings by Kelly Packer
words by Adrian Kien

Aunt Dofe's Hall of Recent Memory
102 Main St., Willow Creek, Montana

Opening Reception:
August 13th 2016 5-10pm
poetry reading at 7:30

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Kelly Packer - Bleed Necklace - August 2016

Art Mobile of Montana - 2015/16 Season

Art Mobile is a van of artwork that travels the huge state of Montana. Along the way they stop at schools, state parks, senior citizens centers and other organizations. The teacher unpacks the exhibit and gives a presentation about the work. With a state as big as Montana, it's an innovative way to bring art to some of the more isolated pockets of the state.

I feel very fortunate they found me and came to my door to pick up a work that will travel the state. I am honored to be amongst such a diverse and active roster of Montana artists.

Pithead Chapel

Pithead Chapel is a small, independent and volunteer-run literary journal and small press founded in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. They featured my artwork on the cover of the August issue.

Kelly Packer - Pithead Chapel - August 2015

To the Silver Hurt of Home - Clark Chateau

I had a show at the Clark Chateau in Butte, Montana in July and August of 2015. The work I created for the show felt very true to Butte as a place. I really enjoyed the people I met through the exhibition and having a show is such a historic setting. Check out the work »

Clark Chateau - Kelly Packer