“The world is a mess and art is just so important. It calms our souls.”
—Ann Stewart Anderson
When a great woman dies, we need to think about her again and again.
And so I am for the second time saluting, remembering and memorializing Ann Stewart Anderson.
I was one of the many whose lives she touched and changed, as a teacher, an artist, and especially by the way she lived and the temper of her mind and imagination.
She never hesitated in her full-hearted support for the Kentucky Foundation for Women, and she was its second executive director, giving up her work as an artist to forward the work of other women and girls who were on, or hoped to be in, the same path.
Her sense of humor brightened everyone around. I remember how astonished and delighted I was by her big painting of a board meeting, twelve or so men seated solemnly around a conference table. They were all naked.
Her support for what I believed in was crucial at a time when women artists were not given even the attention they are accorded now.
Her belief in our future never wavered.
[Ellen Birkett Morris wrote a lovely tribute to Ann’s life and art recently for the Kentucky Foundation for Women website which prompted this piece. I encourage you to read in full: Ann Stewart Anderson’s Art and Work Honored Women.]
[View my previous piece on Ann Stewart Anderson.]