Cissy Hamilton is a visual artist who grew up in Louisville, Ky. and resides in Lexington, Ky. She has a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design. After retiring from teaching art in 2014, she paints daily in her downtown studio. Primarily working in oil, she is proficient in acrylic, pastel and a variety drawing tools. With a long history involving horses, she often depicts equines in action or at rest. Her husband’s career in the industry has taken her to many sporting events. As a member of the Plein Air Painters of the Bluegrass, she paints Kentucky towns and countryside. Attending live figure drawing sessions is another opportunity to work from life.
"I paint from my experiences and look for visually interesting compositions. The scene which initially attracts me is something with which I hope the viewer can connect. It often involves light or a fleeting moment. I especially love exploring equine action with expressive color and gestural line.”
2017 Paul Sawyer Commemorative Show, Frankfort, Ky
2017 Not Big, Rezny Gallery Juried show, Lexington, Ky
2017 Paint the Town, Artsplace Gallery, Lexington, Ky People's Choice Award
2017 Gridworks, New Editions Gallery juried show, lexington, Ky
2017 Go Figure, Artists Attic Members Show, Lexington, Ky.
2016 Fresh Kentucky Landscapes, Bluegrass Plein Air Painters Group Show, Lexington, Ky.
2016 Four Artist Show , Art in the Cathedral, Christ Church Cathedral, Lexington, Ky.
2016 Paint the Town, Artsplace Gallery, Lexington Ky
2016 Its Still Life, Artists Attic Members Show, Lexington, Ky.
2016 Bluegrass Plein Air Painters Group Show, Central Library Gallery, Lexington, Ky
2015 Equine Paintings at New Editions Gallery, Lexington, Ky.
2015 Paint the Town, Artsplace Gallery, Lexington Ky
2015 And They're Off, juried exhibit, Polvino Art Center, Nicholasville, Ky
2015 Music Scenes, juried Kentucky Arts Council traveling exhibit, Ky Crafted Market, Norton Center for the Arts, Danville, Ky
2015 Fall open juried exhibition, American Academy of Equine Art, Lexington, Ky.
2014 Fall open juried exhibition, American Academy of Equine Art, Lexington, Ky.
2014 Shades of Blue and Gray, The Horse in the Civil War AAEA
Award for best depiction of artillery subject
2014 Bluegrass Plein Air Painters Group Show, Central Library Gallery, Lexington, Ky
2014 Flowers, Figures and Fillies, three artist show, Artists Attic Gallery, Lexington Ky.
2014 Spring Group Show, Artists Attic Gallery, Lexington Ky.
2013 Spring Group Show, Artists Attic Gallery, Lexington Ky.
2013 Figure Exhibition, Gallery B, Lexington Ky.
2012 Cityscapes, Gallery B, Lexington Ky.
2011 Cityscapes, Gallery B, Lexington Ky.
2009-2014 Annual Drawing exhibition, Barnhard Gallery, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Ky
1976 BFA Rhode Island School of Design
2015 Kim English -The Figure in the Landscape, Hudson Valley Workshops, Greenville, New York
2014 Eric Johnson - Portrait Sketches, Artists Attic, Lexington, Ky.
2007 William Jameson - Plein Air Oil Painting, Saluda, North Carolina
2007 Dawn Emerson - Equine in Pastels, American Academy of Equine Art, Lexington, Ky.
2007 Shelly Hunter - Equine Anatomy, American Academy of Equine Art, Lexington, Ky.
Private and Corporate Collections
St. Joseph Hospital, Lexington
Los Angeles, Ca.