Artist Joe McGee will share memories of his father, KY Folk Artist Hagan McGee, d. 2017, in a gallery talk at the Mary Anderson Center, Mt. Saint Francis, Aug. 17, 6:00pm. Joe will describe the relationship that art played in his and his siblings early lives, the result of encouragement from his parents, and the “art lessons” his father gave his young children at the kitchen table. All of his children learned that they could spend “fun time entertaining themselves by drawing faces, horses, or trees”. McGee will also touch on how Hagan’s new art career, found only at age 65 when he retired, brought joy and fulfillment in the last 25 years of his long life.

Gallery Dates/Hours
Runs from July  27th – August 31st
Mon, Wed -11am – 2pm, Thursday 4pm-7pm

Place: Mary Anderson Center Gallery
Mount Saint Francis Center for Spirituality
101 St. Anthony Dr.
Mount Saint Francis, IN 47146

Opening Reception
Thursday, July 27th, 6:00 pm

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Artist Talk
Thursday, August 17th, 6:00 pm

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Gallery Dates Hours
Runs from July 27th  – August 31st

Mon, Wed -11am – 2pm Thu 4pm-7pm

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Meet The Artist

Hagan McGee

For 25 years after his retirement at age 65, KY Folk Art painter Hagan McGee, 1927-2017, created hundreds of his distinct acrylic on canvas memory paintings of his youth in the 1930s growing up in the tiny town of Manton, KY. A true Folk Artist (untrained), Hagan showed extensively in the Louisville region and his work can be found in many private and public collections, including the Brown-Foreman Corp., the Kentucky Derby Museum and the KY Folk Art Center in Morehead, KY. Hagan’s parents and family were forced to move to Louisville during the hard years right before WWII, and he served in the Navy on the USS Graffias just as the war was ending. Hagan always dreamed of the magical time of his childhood in the rugged hills of Washington County (he calls one hill the “top of the world”) and he often took his own children back for fishing trips and hikes. This is the first showing of his art since his passing at age 90 in 2017.

Joe McGee

Joe McGee, b. 1954, in Louisville, KY, graduated with honors from the Hite Art Institute, University of Louisville, KY in 1986, with a BFA in Sculpture, receiving a Winthrop Allen Award his senior year. In the 35 years since graduation, McGee has maintained a constant biennial solo exhibit schedule of both his 2D and 3D art, showing mostly in regional universities. He also has participated in many group exhibitions over this period. McGee was awarded an SAF/NEA Fellowship in Drawing in 1988, and a KY Arts Council Professional Assistance Award in 1993. His artwork can be found in many private and public collections in the region. For more visit: