Jo Hay Jacqueline Kennedy
60” x 48”
Oil on canvas
Grace, intelligence, strength, style, beauty – these are a few of the words that come to mind when one thinks of Jacqueline Kennedy. And they are encapsulated perfectly in this stunning piece by Jo Hay of Provincetown.
The 35th First Lady of the United States was a champion of the arts and a staunch defender of activism, stating that “we should all do something to right the wrongs that we see and not just complain about them. We owe that to our country.”
She embodies all that Hay has sought to achieve in her Persisters
series that celebrates trailblazing women who are proponents for change and for making a profoundly positive difference in our world. The subject of the 18th painting in that series – Jacqueline Kennedy – aligns with those ideals.
Through her latest work, Hay has demonstrated exactly why she was chosen as the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod’s (AFCC) inaugural Artist of the Year. Her work shapes thought, inspires change, and creates a deeper sense of connection in the community.
We are honored to include Jacqueline Kennedy
by Jo Hay in this year’s Prelude to Summer Live Auction. The piece is a reminder of the lasting power and impact women can have when they approach life with dignity, purpose, and passion.
Hay is an accomplished contemporary British American portrait painter. She received her BA from Middlesex University in London in 1983 and her MFA from the New York Academy of Art in New York City in 2012.
She received the 2010 Lillian Orlowsky and William Freed Foundation Grant, sponsored in part by the Provincetown Art Association and Museum, and was the recipient of the 2011 New York Academy of Art Portrait Scholarship. Her portrait from the Benders series, entitled Dodger
, was a semifinalist in the BP Portrait Award in 2015 at the National Gallery in London and was a finalist in Art For Freedom A Global Initiative, curated by Madonna.
Since 2017, she has been working on Persisters
, referring to the project as “my life’s work.”
to learn more about Jo Hay.
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