17 May 2016
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Last month, I had the pleasure of attending a special museum tour at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian in Washington D.C. The exhibition, Kay WalkingStick: An American Artist, displays the work of my fellow Beaver/Arcadia alum, Kay WalkingStick '59, '11H. Kay spoke about her work and artistic practice as she toured members of the Arcadia community, the Alumni Association, and President Nikki Christensen through the galleries. This is the first major retrospective of her artistic career and will be on view through September 18, 2016. If you find yourself in D.C., I highly recommend it!
Kay WalkingStick is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation and one of the world's most celebrated artists of Native American ancestry. Featuring more than 65 of her most notable paintings, drawings, small sculptures, notebooks, and the diptychs for which she is best known, the exhibition traces her career throughout more than four decades and culminates with her recent paintings of monumental landscapes and Native places. Her distinctive approach to painting is poised between late modernism and postmodernism of the 1960s and 1970s. Over decades of intense and prolific artistic production, she sought spiritual truth through painting and metaphysical reflection. Read more.
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