About the Artist

Lacy Hale was born in southeastern Kentucky. At the age of five she knew that she wanted to be an artist. At 18 she attended Pratt Institute of Art in Brooklyn, NY. At 20 she returned to southeastern Kentucky to pursue her professional artistic career.

 

Hale has shown her work all over the state, including galleries in both Morehead and Frankfort, the Appalshop Gallery in Whitesburg, KY, and the Grayson Gallery in Grayson, KY. Hale's work was included in a traveling Smithsonian exhibit in 2012.

The artist has created public murals in several Kentucky cities including Lexington and Hindman. She has plans to create at least four new murals in surrounding Kentucky cities by the fall of 2019.

Her work resides in such collections as those of Elliot County Attorney Patrick Trent and Kentucky's Secretary of State, Alison Lundergan Grimes.

She is co-founder of the following regional arts groups: EpiCentre Arts, Appalachian Women of the Arts, and East Kentucky for Arts Education. She was also co-host of the monthly radio show Art Matters on Appalshop's WMMT FM for four years.

 

She serves on both the Artist Advisory Board and the Executive Board of the Appalachian Artisan Center in Hindman, KY; and was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Kentucky Arts Council in February of 2015.

In 2018 Lacy received the Eastern Kentucky Artist Impact Award. She was a 2017 Special Grant recipient from Great Meadows Foundation, a 2018 nominee for the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painting Award, 2015 Nominee for the Joan Mitchell Foundation Emerging Artist Award, and a 2015 recipient of the Kentucky Foundation for Women's Artist Enrichment Grant. She is a 2016 Tanne Foundation Award recipient. She is also a certified Community Scholar. Her work has been published in the Routledge Journal; and in 2018 her work was mentioned in Time Magazine by Kentucky author Silas House.

Lacy resides in Letcher County, KY with her husband and two dogs.