Kay WalkingStick: An American Artist


  • The Dayton Art Institute 456 Belmonte Park North Dayton, OH, 45405 United States

Image: Kay WalkingStick, New Mexico Desert, 2011, Oil on wood panel, 40 x 80 x 2 in. Purchased through a special gift from the Louise Ann Williams Endowment, 2013. National Museum of the American Indian 26/9250, Courtesy American Federation of Arts.

Our 2017 special exhibition season begins with Kay WalkingStick: An American Artist, the first major retrospective of one of today’s most accomplished Native American artists and a leading practitioner of contemporary landscape painting.

Featuring more than 60 of her most notable paintings, drawings, sculptures, and notebooks, this exhibition explores the artist’s search for the spiritual truth of her complex cultural identity, against the backdrop of key art historical movements. Arranged chronologically around themes which mark her artistic journey, Kay WalkingStick: An American Artist follows the artist along a journey of self-discovery, invention, innovation and evolution through visually brilliant and evocative works of art. The exhibition is accompanied by a substantial catalogue featuring essays by numerous authors, including the artist herself.

The exhibition is organized by the American Federation of Arts and the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian.