Staff Biographies

Kay WalkingStick

October 29, 2015

Kay WalkingStick (Cherokee, b. 1935) is an acclaimed artist best known for painting. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1959 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 many 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. Currently she resides with her husband in Easton, Penn.


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Kay WalkingStick

Julia Verderosa

Kay WalkingStick in her studio. Easton, Pennsylvania, 2014. Photo by Julia Verderosa.