Kelli Shay Hix (Great Lakes > Chicago > Rochester > Nashville > D.C. > Nashville) 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). She is the Regional Manager for the Southeastern and Southwestern United States Training of Trainers Program, and a Mentor for the Tribal Collections Care Program. Those programs are funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the National Endowment for the Humanities. They support the preservation of archival collections in geographically isolated communities.


Kelli is the founding archivist and Project 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.

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