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“Kay Smith’s new painting Red Tails Escorting the B-17s is a perfect centerpiece for the Pritzker Military Library’s Oral History Room, named in honor of Tuskegee Airman 1st Lt. Coleman T. Holt,” said Pritzker Military Library president and CEO Kenneth Clarke. “As an institution dedicated to preserving and sharing the stories of the citizen soldier, we applaud Kay’s passion for telling the story of our military through her art.”

About Illinois Artist Laureate Kay Smith

After completing my studies at the School of the Art Institute, I worked as an illustrator. As the 1976 Bicentennial approached there was a fever of interest in American history. In 1971, I was asked to illustrate a book on the American Revolutionary War period which required me to travel to historic locations to paint the actual scenes. As my travels crossed and crisscrossed the paths of the patriots, I entered their lives and was forever caught in the inescapable skeins of history and was thrust into the role of historical painter. What began as a single assignment has grown over the past 40-plus years into the largest collection of American historical-site paintings ever created by a single artist. To see these historical works and to learn more about The American Legacy Collection, please visit my website at: The American Legacy Collection is a dramatic panorama of this country's historical places and its defining moments. My original watercolors chronicle 500 years of the American experience and preserve with an artist's palette our American heritage.

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