Kentucky Women: Helen LaFrance

Kentucky Women: Helen LaFrance

August 26, 2022 – April 30, 2023

Gathering together works drawn from the Speed’s collection and private loans, Kentucky Women: Helen LaFrance explores the art and life of this remarkable artist. LaFrance documented her western Kentucky rural and small-town experiences, rooted in Mayfield and around Graves County. Her sense-memory paintings feature moments recalled from everyday life: church picnics, shared meals, parades, and quilting bees. Working across a variety of mediums, including collage, sculpture, painting, and dollmaking, LaFrance’s vibrant and life-affirming artwork documents a century’s worth of Kentucky living.

The Kentucky Women exhibition series offers a closer look at the work of important Kentucky women artists.

Join us in the Speed Cinema on April 23, for a screening of Helen LaFrance: Memories. This is a FREE screening in collaboration with this exhibition.

Listen to the coverage of Helen LaFrance’s life and works from NPR

Sponsored by:

Lopa and Rishabh Mehrotra
Anne Brewer Ogden

Exhibition season sponsored by:
Cary Brown and Steven E. Epstein
Paul and Deborah Chellgren
Arthur J. and Mary Celeste Lerman Charitable Foundation
Debra and Ronald Murphy
DavFam Art Fund