Kentucky Women: Helen La France
August 26, 2022 – April 30, 2023
Gathering together works drawn from the Speed’s collection and private loans, Kentucky Women: Helen La France explores the art and life of this remarkable artist. La France 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, La France’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 La France: Memories which charts the life of this talented artist.
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