Event Details

Kay Kittell-A Life With Paint
by Kay Kittell

Friday, June 23, 2017 through Friday, August 11, 2017
Wellington, Muranyi, & Frehner Galleries


“I have always painted – always.” - Kay Kittell (1932-2011)

Kay Kittell lived and painted in a large rambling farmhouse north of Waupun Wisconsin, near the Horicon Wildlife Refuge. The farm itself is a sanctuary of woods, hills, pasture, alfalfa, and cornfields.

Kay studied art at Ripon College under Lester Schwartz. Later, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, she worked under Robert Grilley, Bill Armstrong, and Dean Meeker. Later still, she studied painting with Joanne Kindt and serigraphy with Tom Brady in Oshkosh.          

She was strongly influenced by the New York School, Georgia O'Keefe, and Helen Frankenthaler. Journeys to California and Alaska, or just looking at scarves provided her with inspiration. For example, the series of paintings on standing grasses began with the scarves. The vertical shapes of the first “scarves” paintings evolved into the vertical shapes of the grasses, and now, ribbons and spectrums.

Her paintings have been described as being “robust, full of color, with a lot of exuberant movement,” with some pieces displaying “Cubisim that seems to transition in to Expressionism.” Represented in this exhibit are Kittell’s Hubble Telescope Series, Landscape Series, and Figurative Series.

Kay's paintings are in the Wisconsin collections of The Oshkosh Public Museum, Oshkosh; University of Wisconsin Center, Fond du Lac; and Lennox Candle Company, Oshkosh.

She participated in more than 30 other Wisconsin juried fairs and exhibitions including: Solo show–Ripon Community Art Center, Ripon; Solo show–The Appleton Post-Crescent, Appleton; Group show-Oshkosh Public Museum, Oshkosh; Group show-Art Ventures, Green Lake; Cudahy Gallery-Milwaukee Art Museum (1980, 1987, 1989); Kohler Art Center-6 Counties Exhibit (1984) Award; Wisconsin Women in the Arts (1984) Award; Beloit and Vicinity Show (1985); and Kohler Art Center-Birthday Invitational (1987).

Friday, June 23, 2017
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Gallery Talk: 5:30 pm

Gallery exhibitions and opening receptions are free and open to the public.

This exhibit has been made possible by MAC Corporate Underwriter: Colony Brands, Inc., and Season Media Underwriters Monroe Publishing, LLC and Big Radio, with additional support from Michael & Shelley Muranyi, Paul & Sue Barrett, Kevin & Chris Callahan, and Lee & Chris Knuteson.