"You Are On Indian Land"


S. Kay Young

S. Kay Young is a Native American Detroit-based artist with a 30-year photographic career. She is a descendant of the Eastern Band Cherokee Nation who embraces her heritage and traditions. Kay’s photography is in numerous private and corporate collections. From 1976 through 1981 Kay attended The College for Creative Studies of Art and Design in Detroit. From 1979 through 1989 Kay worked in the Photography Department at The Detroit Institute of Arts. She is teaching both traditional and digital photography at The College for Creative Studies of Art and Design, Oakland Community College, the Boll Family YMCA, and the Farmington Hills Heritage Park art program. Along with photography Kay has been asked to judge and curate exhibitions. Young has had 5 solo exhibitions, including ‘Wildflower Paintings, A Photographic Exhibition’ at The Detroit Institute of Arts in 1998, sponsored by Fuji and the Chrysler Corporation, as well as ‘Dancing the Circle of Life’ at the Native Indian Inuit Photographers Association, Hamilton, Ontario in 1994. Kay has participated in over 50 curated or invitational group exhibitions. In 1999 Young gave a well-received presentation and lecture about her work at The Smithsonian for the American Indian in New York, followed by a lecture at the American Indian Community House. Kay was commissioned in 2004 as the first Artist in Residence by the Boll Family YMCA Metro Detroit. She documented the 2-year construction of the building project from groundbreaking to completion. She was on site at least once a week photographing the workers, the construction and the surrounding neighborhood. Young is working on a book entitled “The Y Project” and continues to gather both personal and commercial images.

PO Box 71743
Madison Heights, MI 48071


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