Meet Farmington Hills Public Art Program People’s Choice winner

Artist Kelly O'Neill
Kelly O’Neill (contributed)

Artist Kelly O’Neill, winner of the 2019 People’s Choice Award in the Farmington Hills Public Art Program, will present her first solo art exhibition from March 4 through May 4 at Farmington Hills City Hall, 31555 W. 11 Mile Rd.

O’Neill has created 25 new steel and ceramic sculptures for the exhibit, which is called “Celestial Exploration – a Collection Inspired by Curiosity of the Cosmos.” It’s open to the public weekdays, 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. The opening reception, featuring an Artist Talk, will take place on Tuesday, March 5, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

A multi-media artist, O’Neill creates metalwork sculptures from recycled steel, clay, and glass. “Cocoon,” the sculpture that won the People’s Choice Award, was crafted in 2018 to mark her retirement from General Motors. O’Neill has since 2014 sold her work at downtown Farmington’s ART on the GRAND art fair and was a past winner of the Mayor’s Award. She has also participated in the SCRAP Welding Festival and Funky Ferndale Art Fair.

Moon Series No. 2 by artist Kelly O'Neill
Moon Series No. 2 by artist Kelly O’Neill

“I am drawn to the sky, the stars, and the moon,” O’Neill said in a press release. “So, I created a collection of sculptures influenced by the universe. It’s important to me that my work reflects the need to respect our planet and preserve it for future generations.”

The Public Art Program at Farmington Hills City Hall reflects the goal of the City’s Cultural Arts Division to bring art into the daily lives of citizens and employees. Most of the artworks by 63 talented artists from Farmington Hills and surrounding communities are for sale; all are on loan to the City for two years.