Janelle Ketcher is an interdisciplinary artist, arts administrator and art educator living in Los Angeles with Midwest roots. Under the canopy of creative expression she weaves her passion for human connectivity to develop multifaceted community projects, collaborative creativity, and art education initiatives. Janelle holds a BFA in Painting, Art History and Social Practice from the Kansas City Art Institute as well as a Social Emotional Arts Certificate from UCLArts & Healing.

fun facts

↬Someone once mocked me by saying "I'm Janelle, I like to plan things" (I wasn't mad about it). 

↬Buzzwords: challenge, community, conversation, creativity, collaborate, and care (I'm a sucker for alliteration).

↬Born and raised in Des Moines, Iowa and I fully embrace being Iowa nice. 

↬A few of my favorite things: State park visitor centers, eating breakfast every day, and sending snail mail.

↬Low key Scorpio

↬Cares deeply about: kindness towards all humans, respecting the dementia population, and knowing family history. 


INSTAGRAM | For all the things I love like art making, foodie explorations, nature seeking, and personal moments

EMAIL | For conversation and inquiries


ARTS ADMIN & EDUCATION: community organizing | project management | curriculum development | volunteer management | community outreach | creative placemaking | social emotional arts facilitation | trauma informed care facilitation | non-profit administration | program evaluation | art education facilitation | curating

TECHNICAL: Microsoft Office Suite | Adobe Creative Suite | DSLR photography | photo & video editing | website management | blogging & event archiving

HANDS ON: basic welding | foams | plastics | silkscreen | printmaking | plaster | sewing | basic ceramics | drawing | basic woodworking | camping | hiking


2017 | UCLArts & Healing - Social Emotional Arts Certificate 

2015 | Kansas City Art Institute (KCAI) - Bachelors of Fine Arts in Painting and Art History

2015 | KCAI - Social Practice Certificate

2015 | CPR and First Aid Certified


Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015 | President’s List, KCAI, Kansas City, MO

Fall 2012 | Honorable Mention, KCAI, Kansas City, MO


Present | Digital Media Associate, UCLArts & Healing, Los Angeles, CA

Present | Studio Assistant, American Contemporary Ballet, Los Angeles, CA

2015 - Present | Artist in Residence, Des Moines Performing Arts - Family Series Discovery Parties, Des Moines, IA

Fall 2018 | Contributing artist and curriculum development, Amazing Iowa: Women A to Z, Des Moines, IA

Spring 2018 | Featured Artist, Moonlight VSN - Eat up!, Pico Rivera, CA

2017-Present | Production Assistant, The Broad Stage, Santa Monica, CA

Summer & Fall 2017 | Program Coordinator - Cowles Commons, Des Moines Performing Arts, Des Moines, IA

2016 - 2017 | Iowa High School Musical Theater Awards Program Assistant, Des Moines Performing Arts, Des Moines, IA

2016 | Visiting Artist, Shuler Elementary 

2016- 2017 | Art Instructor, Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, IA

2016- 2017 | Substitute, Des Moines Public Schools, Des Moines, IA

2016 | Luminarium Project Coordinator, Des Moines Performing Arts, Des Moines, IA

2015-2016 | Empowerment Intern, Young Women's Resource Center, Des Moines, IA

2015-2016 | Education Intern, Des Moines Performing Arts, Des Moines, IA

2015 | Resident Camp Coordinator, Camp Hantesa, Boone, IA

2015 | Compendium, designer and contributor, KCAI, Kansas City, MO

2012-2015 | Personal Assistant, KCAI, Kansas City, MO

2015 | Teaching Assistant, KCAI, KC, MO

2015 | Volunteer Grant Writer, Rocket Grants, Kansas City, MO

2014 | Internship,The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Executive Office, Kansas City, MO

2014 | Internship, PLUG Projects, Kansas City, MO

2013 | Interpretations Internship, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO

2013 | Continuing Education and Professional Studies Internship, KCAI, Kansas City, MO

2013 | Flash Residency, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, “Sword Seekers”, Kansas City, MO

2013 | Public Art Commissioner Internship, General Services, Porter Arneill, Kansas City, MO


2017 | Brainworks Conference, Alzheimer's Association 

2017 | Quick Draw Round 2, DSM Girl Gang, Committee Member

2016-2017 | Camp Fire Iowa, Program Committee Member

2015-2017 | Alzheimer's Association, Co-Chair Missions Committee

2015-2017 | DSM Girl Gang Core Member & Founding Non-Profit Committee Member

2015-2017 | Alzheimer's Association Program Volunteer

2016 | Quick Draw, DSM Girl Gang, Committee Member

2016 | North House Folk School, Work Study Volunteer

2014 | IMPACT National Conference for Civic Engagement, Valparaiso University, Indiana

2013-2014 | KCAI Art Club Co President

2011-2015 | KCAI Student Leadership Team

2011-2014 | KCAI ArtPlay member/leader

2012-2013 | KCAI Connect for Success Mentor


2017 | Spooky Show, DSM Girl Gang - Viaduct Gallery, Des Moines, IA

2017 | High Desert Test Site 2017 - Swap Meet participating artist 

2017 | Attached Files, 50/50, Kansas City, Missouri 

2017 | The Well-Read Woman (Organizer), Young Women's Resource Center, Des Moines, IA

2016 | Female Gaze (Organizer), Gravitate Co-Working Space, Des Moines, IA

2016 | Visitor//Inhabitant, DSM Girl Gang - Viaduct Gallery, Des Moines, IA

2015 | KCAC Artist Lifestyle Instagram Participant

2015 | Game Pace, Main Street Gallery, Kansas City, MO

2015 | Senior Thesis Show, KCAI Dodge Painting Gallery, Kansas City, MO

2015 | Senior BFA Exhibition, HR Artspace, Kansas City, MO

2014 | Junior End of Semester Exhibition, KCAI Dodge Painting Gallery, Kansas City, MO

2014 | Art To Live By, KCAI Dodge Painting Gallery, Kansas City, MO

2013 | For Someone Else, KCAI Dodge Painting Gallery, Kansas City, MO

2013 | Bevy, KCAI Sculpture Department, Volker Building, Kansas City, Missouri, Departmental Curation

2013 | From Here to Where, Destination Gallery, Kansas City, MO

2013 | Objects and Spaces, KCAI Sculpture Department, Volker Building, Kansas City, MO

2013 | 39th Interval, KCAI Sculpture Department, 39th and Main, Kansas City, MO

2012 | KCAI Sculpture Department End of Semester Show, Volker Building, Kansas City, MO

2012 | The Hatchery, City Ice Arts, Kansas City, Mo

2012 | KCAI Kiva Corps Show, Rag and Bone, Kansas City, MO

2012 | HeartFest Midwest, Iowa State Fair Ground, Des Moines, IA