Kelli Shay Hix (Great Lakes > Chicago > Rochester > Nashville > D.C. > Nashville (and sometimes New Orleans) is an audiovisual media conservator, curator, consultant, community archivist, and artist.

From 2015-2019 Kelli was Lead Archivist and Project Manager for the Smithsonian Institution's Audiovisual Preservation Readiness Assessment, the most comprehensive survey of audiovisual collections at the largest museum in the world. The project led to the establishment of the Smithsonian's Audiovisual Media Preservation Initiative (AVMPI).


Kelli is a core member of the Community Archiving Workshop (CAW). CAW jumpstarts audiovisual preservation for organizations and individuals, focussing on geographically isolated communities and tribally- held collections. She is the Project Director for the Assessing and Addressing Digital Readiness for Audiovisual Collections (AADRAC) project, funded by the National Historic Publications and Records Commission. She is a Mentor for the Tribal Collections Care Program, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. 


Kelli is the founding archivist and Program Manager for the Audiovisual Heritage Center in Nashville, Tennessee, a regional archive which fosters community engagement and creative re-use of archival collections documenting life in the Southern United States.

Kelli's light installations, hand-made paper cuts, super-8 films, and live music performances have shown at Third Man Records Blue Room, the Library of Congress Mary Pickford Theatre, Zeitgeist Gallery (Nashville), and the Belcourt Theatre.

write me:

"home" image with With Turry Flucker, Curator, Tougaloo Collage of Art