About Kay Smith

Here’s my “About Kay Smith Bio” and how it all started for me.

After completing her studies at the School of the Art Institute, the artist worked as an illustrator. As the 1976 Bicentennial approached there was a fever of interest in American history. In 1971 she was asked to illustrate a book on the American Revolutionary War period which required her to travel to historic locations to paint the actual scenes. As her travels crossed and crisscrossed the paths of the patriots, she entered their lives and was forever caught in the inescapable skeins of history and 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.

Artist Kay Smith, The American Legacy Collection is a dramatic panorama of this country’s historical places and its defining moments. Kay Smith’s original watercolors chronicle 500 years of the American experience and preserve with an artist’s palette our American heritage. In 1994, she was given a lifetime designation as Artist Laureate of Illinois in recognition of the contribution the American Legacy makes to our heritage and history.

Message from Kay Smith Artist Laureate of Illinois.
The American Legacy Collection is a dramatic panorama of this country’s historical places and its defining moments. Kay Smith’s original watercolors chronicle 500 years of the American experience and preserve with an artist’s palette our American heritage.

In 1994, she was given a lifetime designation as Artist Laureate of Illinois in recognition of the contribution the American Legacy makes to our heritage and history. She has painted each of the 250 works in the Collection on site of the historic monuments, battlefields, landmarks, and national and cultural events. Through these insightful, engaging watercolors, she presents a powerful narrative of American life – from the cheerful Colonial Kitchen at Sturbridge to the quiet sorrow of Vicksburg Battlefield to the proud Relighting of the Statue of Liberty.

The artist has kept The American Legacy Collection intact with the purpose of establishing a museum for the paintings either privately or in league with an established museum valuing historical art–a permanent home where it can be viewed in its entirety, bringing the scope of the American story boldly to life for generations to come.

For more please go to:  http://www.kaysmithartist.com

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: www.kaysmithartist.com. 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.

One response to “About Kay Smith

  1. Janice Hahn

    Your work is inspiring, I had a chance to visit the Governor’s mansion in Illinois and plan to have our watercolor group visit also. Would it be possible for us to meet you there sometime so that you can talk about your paintings?

    I am also interested seeing the “Holding Hands with History” collection. Please let me know the dates and time we can come out to see it. I understand it is in you hometown, If you prefer, maybe we can meet you in the gallery!

    Thanks,
    -janice

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