Kelley Lindquist is renowned for building Artspace Projects Inc.—America’s leading nonprofit real estate developer for creative communities—from the ground up. Since Mr. Lindquist joined Artspace in 1987 as the sole employee managing a budget of $60,000, he has grown the nonprofit organization to a team of 70 with a national Board of Directors, and an annual average budget of $20 million. Today he oversees the stewardship of some 50 mixed-use projects that Artspace owns and operates nationwide, representing more than a $600 million investment in America's urban and rural arts infrastructure. These properties provide more than 1,500 live/work units to low-income artists and their families, as well as more than $3 million in rent subsidies delivered annually. Nearly 500 commercial tenants—including arts and cultural organizations, creative entrepreneurs, and small businesses—also benefit from below market rate spaces. In 2017, Artspace established the Lindquist Legacy Fund in recognition of Mr. Lindquist’s 30 years of leadership advancing Artspace’s inclusive work with culturally distinct and underserved communities.
Along with running Artspace’s daily operations, Mr. Lindquist increasingly focuses his energy on restoring national confidence in America’s creative communities, and he is much in demand as a consultant and speaker at national and international conferences. His expertise has garnered Artspace numerous awards including the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Honor Award, the State Preservation Award from New York State Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation, The Lucy G. Moses Preservation Award from the New York Landmarks Conservancy, the Preservation Award from The Preservation League of New York, and others.