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.
The programming for the exhibition will include a screening of the recent documentary Helen LaFrance: Memories which charts the life of this talented artist.
Listen to the coverage of Helen LaFrance’s life and works from NPR
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