The saying goes that artists are born to be artists but sometimes they don’t know it right away. More often, a career in art is considered to be impractical and budding artists are steered into more prosaic careers. That is how it was for Carolyn Hagy Kent.
Originally, Ms. Kent earned a degree in Music from Centenary College for Women, but after graduation she entered the business world to make a living. After an unexpected turn of events, the artist entered the creative world in 2006 when she relocated to Providence, RI to pursue a Certificate in Surface Design (RISD 2008), and then continued on to earn a Certificate in Drawing and Painting (RISD 2010). She studied with Julie Gearan and Don Sondag, two highly regarded figurative painters, and has also studied at the Crealde School of Art in Orlando, FL.
She is an Associate Member of the Art League of Rhode Island as well as the Attleboro Museum of Art.
In January 2019 the artist was awarded a month-long fellowship at the prestigious Vermont Studio Center. Also in 2019, the artist was awarded a scholarship to The Golden Apple artist-in-residence program located in Harrington, Maine.
Newport Art Museum 2017; 2019
Winter’s Eve E Greenwich Library 2018
Pawtucket Arts Collaborative 2017; 2019
RI Watercolor Society 2015
Juror’s Award – Attleboro Museum 2017 (The Swede)