Michael Kellner earned a Doctor of Philosophy. from The Ohio State University, a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Cincinnati, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Louisville. He has been an Associate Professor in CCAD’s First-Year Experience and graduate studies programs since 2019 and has been the director of the First-Year Experience program since 2022. That year, he also was recognized with a CCAD Teaching Excellence Award.

In his creative research, Kellner makes drawings and sound pieces and maintains an ongoing collaborative project with Austin, Texas-based visual artist Alexandra Robinson. He is inspired by iterative artmaking practices, graphic notation, and contemporary pop and avant-garde music. Additionally, he researches in the areas of care ethics, perception, play theory, and creativity, striving to not only think about what it means to bring something new into the world but under what conditions the new is allowed to flourish. Since 2021, Kellner has served as editor for the academic journal FATE in Review, a peer-reviewed journal addressing pedagogy in first-year art and design programs.