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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 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 shared her knowlege with members of senior, mental health and rehabilitation communities.

Ms. Neely 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.

She currently serves on NPR Public's Radio Community Advisory Board for Rhode Island and Southeastern MA.

As a visual artist she combines her artistic and archival sensibilities to illuminate BIPOC's historical silences through the mediums of acrylic/pastel painting and sculpture. In April 2021 she was awarded an Arts Leadership Award and Micro Grant, by Arts Connect International, Boston, MA for her personal art practice and collective work with BIPOC artist. In 2022 her work was exhibited in the first Black Biennial at The Museum of The Rhode Island School of Design. She is proud to have an original work as a permanent installation in the Centro Cultural As Mulheres da Ilha das Salinas Quilumboa, Salvador da Bahia, Brasil

Ms. Neely also has work in private collections in Rhode Island, Connecticut, Florida and Georgia.

She is a native Virginian, residing in Rhode Island.

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