Kay WalkingStick ’59: World-Class Artist

Kay WalkingStick

“With a scholarship, Beaver made it possible for me to get an education— it instilled a lifelong interest in teaching as well as learning, and made me feel like the artist I knew I was.”  

Kay WalkingStick ’59 entered Arcadia University in the 1950s to pursue a B.F.A. To supplement the scholarship she received, she lived at home and worked for Bell Telephone. “Beaver made it possible for me to get an education—it instilled a lifelong interest in teaching as well as learning, and made me feel like the artist I knew I was,” she says.

WalkingStick sketchbooksAfter earning her degree from Arcadia, WalkingStick went on to earn an M.F.A. from the Pratt Institute. Since then, she’s become an award-winning artist. Her paintings are owned by more than 30 museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in N.Y., the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., and the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. She’s received numerous awards, including the National Endowment for the Arts Visual Artist Fellowship, the New York Foundation for the Arts NYSCA grant, and the Rockefeller Foundation Residency in Bellagio, Italy.
 
In addition to painting, WalkingStick is a both a mother and former educator. She was married to R. Michael Echols until his death in 1989 and has two children—David Echols and Erica Echols Lowry. She also was a Professor of Art at for Cornell for 17 years. She currently lives in New York.
 
Currently, her work is part of a group exhibit at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center entitled Personal Paradise: Contemporary Perspectives on Landscape Painting.
 
For more information about Kay, or to view some of her work, visit her Web site.

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