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 institution. The project led to the establishment of the Smithsonian's Audiovisual Media Preservation Initiative (AVMPI).
She is the Southeastern United States Project Manager for the Community Archiving Workshop's Training of Trainers Program, a program funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services which supports the preservation of archival collections in underserved communities.
She 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.
Her 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..