Kay WalkingStick featured in traveling exhibition “For America: Paintings from the National Academy of Design”

Kay WalkingStick's painting Volute/Volupte, 2009 is featured in the traveling exhibition For America: Paintings from the National Academy of Design, currently on view at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art.


For America: Paintings from the National Academy of Design

Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Oklahoma City, OK

 On View: November 6, 2021 - January 30, 2022


For America: Paintings from the National Academy of Design is the first exhibition to highlight a pivotal aspect of the collection of the National Academy of Design-the joint presentation of an artist's portrait with his or her diploma work. The exhibition will tour to eight venues across the United States, bringing important paintings to audiences across the country while also enriching the dialogue of scholars, students, and artists of all ages with the firsthand experience of American masterpieces.


From the Museum's Press Release:

Featuring 99 paintings created between 1809 and the present by masters such as Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith and Kay WalkingStick, "For America: Paintings from the National Academy of Design" opens Nov. 6, 2021 at OKCMOA and runs through Jan. 30, 2022. These masterworks provide a unique history of American art as told by many of the best-known American artists.


"Since the artworks span over 200 years of American history, visitors can witness an evolving United States of America within the included artists and subject matter," said OKCMOA curator Catherine Shotick. "For example, in the Academy's early years, members eagerly supported the emergence of America's first native school of landscape paintings, known as the Hudson River School. Painters Frederic Edwin Church and Albert Bierstadt were celebrated for their vast, romantic, idealized views of American landscapes. Genre painting, with its greater emphasis on the human figure, also flourished, and has stayed a prevalent subject at the Academy to present day."


"Like the rest of America's history, it is not always a story of inclusion or diversity," Shotick continued. "Until 1869, membership for the Academy was drawn exclusively from the New York City area, significantly limiting the scope of artistic representation in the collection for this time. And, it was not until 1910 that Henry Ossawa Tanner was elected as the first African-American associate National Academician, becoming a full Academician in 1927. It took 40 more years until Hughie Lee Smith became the second. Rather than glossing over them, these realities are an integral part of the exhibition's narrative."


Artists in the exhibition: Samuel F. B. Morse, Asher B. Durand, Frederic Edwin Church, John Frederick Kensett, Albert Bierstadt, Emanuel Leutze, Ferdinand Thomas Lee Boyle, Edward Harrison May, George Henry Hall, Daniel Huntington, Eastman Johnson, Oliver Ingraham Lay, Winslow Homer, Elihu Vedder, Wyatt Eaton, William J. Whittemore, William Merritt Chase, Robert Frederick Blum, John Singer Sargent, Cecilia Beaux, Kenyon Cox, Maxfield Parrish, Thomas Eakins, Robert Reid, Childe Hassam, Frederick Carl Frieseke, J. Alden Weir, Albert Pinkham Ryder, Richard E. Miller, Henry Ossawa Tanner, Robert Henri, Daniel Garber, Gertrude Fiske, Mary Shepard Greene Blumenschein, Ernest L. Blumenschein, Walter Ufer, Ellen Emmet Rand, Guy C. Wiggins, Paul Sample, Isabel Bishop, Peter Hurd, John Steuart Curry, N. C. Wyeth, Reginald Marsh, Aaron Bohrod, Andrew Wyeth, Ivan Albright, Jules Kirschenbaum, Philip Pearlstein, Jane Freilicher, Hughie Lee-Smith, George Tooker, Richard Estes, Lois Dodd, May Stevens, Charles White, Will Barnet, Wayne Thiebaud, Reuben Tam, Rosemarie Beck, Paul Resika, Gretna Campbell, William Clutz, Louisa Matthíasdóttir, Altoon Sultan, W. Lee Savage, James McGarrell, Emma Amos, Benny Andrews, David Kapp, Jacqueline Gourevitch, David Diao, Walter Hatke, Albert Kresch, Ann Gale, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, and Peter Saul.



This exhibition is accompanied by a richly illustrated catalogue which will be on sale in the Museum Store.


"For America: Paintings from the National Academy of Design" is organized by the American Federation of Arts and the National Academy of Design. Support for the national tour is provided by the JFM Foundation, Monique Schoen Warshaw and Steph and Jody La Nasa.

November 6, 2021