Designer of the Intersection of People and Place

Creative Officer & Placemaker

Experiential Builder

Cultural Transformation

Kelly Kolar is president, founder and chief creative officer at Kolar Design and Founder of the Kolar Experience Institute. Founding Kolar Design in 1990, Kelly Kolar set herself apart as a creative talent, using her love of design and understanding of the human element to transform built environments. Kelly creates impactful, branded experience at the intersection of people and place. 

Clients include Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, MercyHealth, Carnegie Melon University, The Ohio State University , Washington University, Cincinnati Parks, and Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.

Kelly Kolar is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning, where she has served as an adjunct professor. She has lectured nationally and internationally and her work has been reviewed in Print, Metropolis, Publish, the AIGA Annual, and Print Casebook.  The firm’s work is included in the permanent collection of the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo.

She has served on the board of the Society for Experiential Graphic Design (SEGD) as well as the United Way Women’s Leadership Council. She was awarded the 2015 Women’s Business Enterprise Star Award. She currently serves as a trustee at the Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center and on the Board of Directors for the Cincinnati Arts & Technology Center, Downtown Cincinnati, Inc., and Cincinnati Board of Visitors.

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