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Internationally renowned painter Kay Walkingstick came to APSU

APSUs Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts and the department of art hosted the internationally renowned painter, Kay Walkingstick, who presented a slide lecture of her work at 7 p.m., Monday, Oct. 3, in APSUs Trahern Gallery, room 401.
APSU's Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts and the department of art hosted the internationally renowned painter, Kay Walkingstick, who presented a slide lecture of her work at 7 p.m., Monday, Oct. 3, in APSU's Trahern Gallery, room 401.

A professor of art at Cornell University, Ithaca N.Y., Walkingstick earned her M.F.A. from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, N.Y. She has received various awards, such as the 2003-04 Distinguished Artist Award from the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art in Indianapolis, Ind., and the 1996 National Honor Award of Achievement in the Arts from Boston, Mass. Her works have been displayed internationally in museums such as Cairo Biennial in Egypt.

Talking about how she views art, Walkingstick said, “My paintings take a broad view of what constitutes Native American Art. My wish has been to express our Native and non-native shared identity. We humans of all races are more alike than different, and it is this shared heritage, as well as my personal heritage, I wish to express. I want all people to hold onto their cultures- they are precious — but I also want to encourage a mutual recognition of shared being.

“My goal has always been to paint about who I am as a 20th/21st century artist and also as a Native American. My thoughts on our native history filled my work for many years. Today, I deal with feelings and thoughts common to all. I would hope that these paintings encourage the viewer to see our shared humanity in all of its gritty, frightening, awkward, sexy, funny and beautiful commonality.”

The presentation was free and open to the public. For more information, telephone Suta Lee, assistant professor of art, at (931) 221-6272 or e-mail lees@apsu.edu. --Crissy Laubach-Young