About the Artist

Lacy Hale was born in Hazard, Kentucky in 1980. 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, Hindman, and Jenkins. 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 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. She is a 2016 Tanne Award recipient, was a 2015 Nominee for the Joan Mitchell Foundation Emerging Artist Award and a Kentucky Foundation for Women Artist Enrichment Grant recipient. She is also a certified Community Scholar. Lacy resides in Letcher County, KY with her husband and two dogs.