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Born in Waukegan, Illinois, Kate Cory became one of the first resident women artists of Arizona. She is known for her paintings of Hopi Indians as well as desert landscapes. In Waukegan, her father was an activist abolitionist newspaper editor and publisher, and she developed an early awareness of social issues. In 1879, she went to New York from Waukegan and studied at the Arts Students League and Cooper Union. There in 1905 at a meeting of the Pen and Brush Club, she was introduced by Maude Banks, daughter of Civil War General Banks, to Louis Akin, just returned from living with and painting the Hopi Indians at Oraibi in Arizona. He told Kate he was considering establishing an artist's colony of writers, musicians and artists at the Hopi Reservation, and he encouraged her to go there. She decided this was a good time in her life to make a complete change because her parents had died, so she took the train to Arizona, sending her box of supplies ahead to Canyon Diablo. However, Akin was not much of an organizer, and she became the "colony." From 1905 to 1912, she lived among the Hopis, first renting a house at Oraibi, and her life-long task became documenting their lives. In 1912, she moved to Prescott and continued her dedication to painting, including views of the Grand Canyon. In 1913, her Arizona Desert painting was in the revolutionary New York Armory Show, which introduced modernism to American art. During World War I, she lived on Long Island, New York doing a war-effort garden project and then returned to Prescott for the remainder of her life. Her work is in the Smithsonian Institution, the University of Arizona in Tucson, and the public museum in Prescott. Source

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