Title: Re- enactment of Columbus' Voyage
Size: 30" x 40"
Watercolorist Kay Smith is the foremost living painter of United States historic sites, landmarks, and noteworthy events. Since 1971, the Illinois native has brought our nation's heritage to life through a collection of 250 paintings titled The American Legacy, which have been featured by print and electronic media. Named the "official artist" of the relighting ceremonies by the New York Statue of Liberty Celebration Foundation in 1986, Smith has completed paintings that span a full 100 years of American history. She has journeyed more than 300,000 miles to visit and sketch each site, to capture the feeling of the original event.
Her selected major exhibitions include: The Executive Mansion, Springfield, Illinois; Yorktown Victory Center, Yorktown, Virginia; American National Bank, Chicago, Illinois; Lansing City Center, Lansing, Michigan; Benton & Bowles, New York; Hermann Hall Center, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago; Visitors' Center of Valley Forge National Park, Valley Forge, Pennsylvania; Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, Independence, Missouri; and Richard J. Daley Civic Center, Chicago.
Artist / historian / lecturer Kay Smith is the first artist to receive the coveted George Washington Honor Medal from the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge for "an outstanding accomplishment in helping to achieve a better understanding of the American way of life." She is headquartered at: 2239 North Burling Street, Chicago, Illinois, 60614 and may be reached by telephone at: 312-935-5759.