This site was created by Betty Lyn Parker and Susan Knoer, and funded by a grant from the Kentucky Foundation for Women.

Louisville artist Mary Johnston, by Pewee Valley photographer Kate Matthews.

Only artists born before 1950 are included here, since they are the least known and had the hardest time escaping the stereotype of "a hobbyist".  Despite that, sculptor Enid Yandell, Life photographers Marie Hansen and Martha Holmes, designer Fayette Barnum, and textile artists Alma Lesch and Lou Tate have national and international reputations.

This project is to reclaim the rich heritage of women visual artists in Kentucky and to let Kentucky women, young and old, know that a teacher is fine and friends are good, but all you need to make art is a pencil and a heart.
Please scroll down, this is a very long list.  It is updated frequently, check back often.

If you have additions or corrections, please email Susan.knoer@gmail dot com.  For some artists, we have only a name, and would welcome more information!

Short essays on particular artists and groups, as well as general information on visual literacy, follow the biographies.  Lesson plans will be added soon, and contributions from teachers are welcome..

Thanks to John Warren Oakes, Dr. Elizabeth Oakes, KYLM Exhibits Curator Donna Parker, The Kentucky Library & Museum, and the Owensboro Museum of Fine Art whose exhibits, site, and catalog were the inspiration and heart of this project.

Kentucky Women Artists: 1850-1970
September 16 - December 9, 2001 at The Kentucky Museum
January 20 - March 13, 2002 at The Owensboro Museum of Fine Art

Kentuckys Women Artists: 1970-2000
October 28 -December 30, 2001 at The Owensboro Museum of Fine Art