Artist Laureate of Illinois Historical Locations in Watercolors Artist Laureate of Illinois Historical Locations in Watercolors



Welcome to the Art and Actions of Kay Smith, watercolor artist.

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Kay Smith is the foremost painter of our country’s historic sites, landmarks and milestone events. Her canvas is the history of the United States.

Artist Kay Smith: Paintings of Hemingway's Cuba  Kay's Hemingway Gallery  Choose Hemingway
Saturday, July 2, 2016
9:00am to 9:00pm

View artist Kay Smith's collection of Ernest Hemingway-related paintings in the Art Gallery through July 29. Smith's travels to Cuba in 2000 with The Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park inspired this collection of paintings of Cuban scenes familiar to Hemingway

Location: Main Library
Second Floor - Gallery
Event Type: Art Gallery
Age Groups: AdultsTeens
Adult & Teen Services
More info: 7084523440

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In her quest to encompass our American heritage into a single body of work she has crossed and crisscrossed the country, Canada and Europe. This extensive group of paintings is preserved in her American Legacy Collection.
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This collection is the largest and most comprehensive visual record of its kind. It holds over two hundred and fifty watercolor paintings and sketches, all done on location, all painted by one artist, Kay Smith. Capturing history with her brush has become her life’s work.

No other artist or historian has done more to preserve a visual panorama from the birth of this nation to today.

Kay Smith was elected Artist Laureate of Illinois by the Lincoln Academy in 1994, a lifetime appointment. She also has received the George Washington Honor Medal from the Freedoms Foundation of Valley Forge. Fred Schwengel, former president of the United States Capital Historical Society said, “If the United States had living national treasures Kay Smith would be first among them.”

To inquire about an exhibition of Kay Smith's work for your museum or organization contact her at for more information.

Kay Smith Paints... Vicksburg Battlefield from SMR on Vimeo.



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