Ari Kelo is an artist and environmental scientist from Chicago, IL. They have a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre and a Bachelor of Science in both Political Science and Earth, Society, and Environmental Sustainability from the University of Illinois. Within the realm of Earth sciences, Ari is most interested in atmospheric science, native plants/horticulture, and paleoclimatology. Outside of their work at Artist Boat, Ari has a professional artistic practice. Their favorite media are acrylic paintings, oil paintings, and wearable sculptures, although they also dabble in filmmaking and woodworking. Ari’s work has been exhibited in art magazines The Collective and Montage Arts Journal, including the cover art for Montage Arts Journal Volume 15. Their work has also been displayed at in-person exhibits in Chicago, IL; Urbana, IL; Salt Lake City, UT; and Las Vegas, NV.