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.

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.
Kay Smith Artist Laureate of Illinois
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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