Kelly Hider was raised in Rochester, NY. Her undergraduate experiences solidified her interest in mixed media collage and assemblage. Beginning in 2003, Kelly lived for two years in northern California amidst the Sierra Nevada mountain range. This geographic change garnished her appreciation for the inherent patterns in nature and the handmade patterns found on products. She has had solo exhibitions at the University of Rochester and at SUNY Brockport in Rochester, NY, The Ewing Gallery and Gallery 1010 in Knoxville, TN, and has participated in group exhibitions at Castell Gallery in Asheville, NC, Cazenovia College in Syracuse, NY, and at Lyon College in Arkansas. Kelly Hider received her BFA from SUNY Brockport in 2007, and an MFA from the University of Tennessee in 2011. She currently teaches at Walters State Community College and resides in Knoxville where her studio is located.