An Afternoon with Kay WalkingStick '59, '11H at the National Museum of the American Indian

Tuesday, April 5, 2016 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm


Join President Nicolette DeVille Christensen and the Arcadia University Alumni Association in joining members of the Arcadia community for a special afternoon with alumna and celebrated artist Kay WalkingStick '59, '11H. 

Kay will speak about her work firsthand as you enjoy a private buffet luncheon in the Patrons Lounge before entering the retrospective of her work, which is currently curated at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.—the first major retrospective of her artistic career. Afterward, you will have the opportunity to explore the rest of the museum's exhibitions and installations.

Kay 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.

$50 per person
Current Arcadia Students: $25 per person

Includes a private buffet luncheon with soft drinks.

Bus Transportation: Coach bus transportation is also available to/from Arcadia's campus for $30 per person (Arcadia students: $15). The bus is tentatively scheduled to depart campus at 8:30 a.m. and will depart the museum at 3:30 p.m.

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About the Artist

Kay WalkingStick '59, '11H (Cherokee, b. 1935) is an acclaimed artist best known for painting. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1959 at Beaver College and completed her Master of Fine Arts in 1975 at Pratt Institute, supported by a Danforth Foundation Graduate Fellowship for Women. Her first solo exhibition in New York City was in 1969, followed by participation in numerous exhibitions in the New York area during the 1970s, including the Bertha Urdang Gallery in 1978. She has since exhibited her work in more than 30 groundbreaking solo exhibitions and numerous group exhibitions nationally and internationally, including "The Decade Show: Frameworks of Identity in the 1980s" (1990) and "Land, Spirit, Power: First Nations at the National Gallery of Canada" (1992). She was the first Native American artist to appear in H.W. Janson’s "History of Art" (fifth edition, 1995).

WalkingStick’s work is represented in the collections of several museums, including the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, the National Gallery of Canada and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She has received numerous awards, including grants from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, the Joan Mitchell Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Eiteljorg Fellowship for Native American Fine Art (2003). She is a faculty emerita at Cornell University where she was a professor in the Department of Art, retiring in 2005, and received an honorary degree from Arcadia University in 2011. Currently she resides with her husband, Dirk, in Easton, Pa.

Pictured: Kay WalkingStick (Cherokee, b. 1935), Me and My Neon Box, 1971. Acrylic on canvas, 54 x 60 in. Collection of the artist. Photo by Lee Stalsworth, Fine Art through Photography, LLC.

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