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Primary Discipline

Primary Discipline: 

  • Humanities

Further Specification: 

Library and Information Science (specialty archival practice)
Secondary Discipline

Secondary Discipline: 

  • HumanitiesArtsVisual artsFine artsSculpture

Further Specification: 

I see the intersection of art and history as a medium of telling.


Renée Elizabeth Neely MLIS, is a visual artist and archivist. She holds an AB in English Literature and Cultures, Brown University and Master of Library and Information Science, Simmons College (now University). She is an independent lecturer, editor and researcher specifically in the cultural heritage sector. Ms. Neely is currently Project Archivist for The Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice, Brown University.

Ms. Neely has lectured at Facultad de Ciencias Matemáticas de La Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Brown University, UMASS Amherst, Russell Sage College, University of Rhode Island, Simmons University and The Rhode Island Historical Society.

She has published in The Independent Scholar, Journal of the National Coalition of Independent Scholars; Provenance, Journal of the Society of Georgia Archivists; Callaloo, A Journal of African Diaspora Arts and Letters; Archival Outlook and VIEWS, magazines of the Society of American Archivists.

Ms. Neely’s artistic practice aligns with her archival research in symbolically representing historical silences through the mediums of pastel painting and sculpture. She has exhibited in Connecticut and Rhode Island and has work in several private collections. Beginning in December 2019 she is represented by StudioHop Gallery, Providence, RI.

Ms. Neely is a native of Norfolk, Virginia and resides in Providence, Rhode Island.

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