While attending Theodore Roosevelt Junior High School in Syracuse, New York, Kay WalkingStick received her Scholastic Gold Key in 1948.

Yesterday we celebrated Kay WalkingStick’s birthday! WalkingStick, an artist of Native American descent, won a Scholastic Award in 1948 when she was 13 years old. She also served as a juror in 2010 and again this year for the 11th grade drawing panel.

On June 6, 2014, the Scholastic Awards will honor Kay WalkingStick at Carnegie Hall with an Alumni Achievement Award! Fellow artists and alums Zac Posen, John Baldessari, and Ed Sorel have also received Alumni Achievement Awards.

Born in Syracuse, NY, Kay is best-known for her diptychs which include rich landscapes, bold figures, and colorful native patterns. Since winning her Scholastic Award in 1948, Kay’s work has been featured in both public and private collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and regularly shows at the June Kelly Gallery in SoHo. WalkingStick is currently preparing for a 2015 retrospective at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington D.C.

“My wish has been to express our Native & non-native shared identity. We humans of all races are more alike than different, and it is this shared heritage, as well as my personal heritage I wish to express. I want all people to hold onto their cultures – they are precious – but I also want to encourage a mutual recognition of shared being.” –Kay WalkingStick


Rio Grande Gorge, 2011, oil on wood panel, 48” x 80” Private collection
© Kay WalkingStick 2012

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