Women in Kentucky - Art

Enid Yandell: Enid Yandell was a pioneer in the male-dominated field of sculpting during the 1890's and early 1900's. Yandell was born October 6, 1871, in Louisville, Kentucky, the daughter of a prominent surgeon, and she attended Hampton College in Virginia, where she received an A.B. degree in 1887. She continued her education at the Cincinnati Art Academy, graduated in 1888, and journeyed to Europe to study the sculpture of the great masters. She later made a second trip to Europe and studied with MacMonnies and Rodin for four years.

Yandell first gained national recognition for her work on the Women'sBuilding of the Columbian Exposition at the Chicago World's Fair in 1892. Her works include a nine-foot tall statue of Daniel Boone, commissioned by the Filson Club, which has stood in Louisville's Cherokee Park since 1906, and a 40-foot replica of the Louvre’s Athena, which she completed for the Tennessee Centennial Exposition of 1897.

In later life Yandell devoted time to both art and improving people’s lives. She organized the Branstock School of Art in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, in 1907. During World War I, she became active in the campaign to aid war orphans. She served as chair of the Women's Committee for the Council of National Defense and as Director of the Bureau of Communications for the American Red Cross in New York. Yandell died June 13, 1934.

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A. What

Performing Arts
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B. When

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C. Where

Central / Northern Kentucky
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E. About this Project

Women in Sports:

Minnie Adkins
Elizabeth Barret, Anne Lewis, Mimi Pickering, & Justine Richardson
Jane Burch Cochran
Joan Dance
Enid Yandell

Women in Business:

Nelda Barton-Collings
Julia Dinsmore
Laura Freeman
Mattie Mack
Lena Madesin Phillips
Caroline Burnam Taylor

Women in Education:

Helen Lew Lang
Katherine Pettit
Jane Stephenson
Cora Wilson Stewart

Women in Health/Medicine:

Mary Britton
Linda Neville
Ora Framer Porter
Louise Southgate, M.D.

Women in Journalism:

Linda Boileau
Alice Allison Dunnigan

Women in Law:

Pearl Carter Pace
Lt. Colonel Linda Smith

Women in Literature:

Effie Waller Smith

Women in Military:

Lt. Anna Mac Clarke
Capt. Helen Horlacher Evans
Julia Ann Marcum

Women in Music:

Sarah Ogan Gunning
Helen Humes
Lily May Ledford
Reel World String Band
Jean Ritchie
Mary Wheeler

Women as Pioneers:

Esther Whitley

Women in Public Service:

Governor Martha Layne Collins
Emma Guy Cromwell
Rep. Mary Elliott Flanery
Sen. Georgia Davis Powers
Lt. Gov. Thelma Stovall

Women in Reform:

Madeline McDowell Breckinridge
Laura Clay
Eula Hall
Josephine Henry
Belinda Mason
Lois Morris
Eliza Caroline Calvert Obenchain
Charlotte Richardson
Joan Robinett
Mary Sue Whayne
Corinne Whitehead
Evelyn Williams

Women in Religion:

Eldress Nancy Moore
Rabbi Gaylia Rooks

Women in Science:

Sarah Frances Price
Ellen Churchill Semple

Women in Sports:

Terri Cecil-Ramsey
Geri Grigsby
Audrey Whitlock Peterson
Mary T. Meagher Plant