S. Kay Young is a Native American Detroit based artist with a 30 year photographic career. She is a descendant of the Eastern Band Cherokee Nation who honors the traditions and heritage. Young is in numerous private and corporate collections, including The Detroit Institute of Arts and The University of Michigan.
From 1976 through1981 she attended The College for Creative Studies of Arts and Design in Detroit where she studied the art of photography. From 1979 through 1989 Young was an events photographer along with a Rights and Reproduction broker at The Detroit Institute of Arts. She has managed art galleries, both local and national, and has represented Special Needs Adults photographers/artists in exhibitions and private sales. Young has curated and judged numerous art exhibitions in Detroit and is a consultant for private and corporate art collectors.
S. Kay teaches photography at Oakland Community College, Farmington Hills extended education, SHAC in Milford, MI and the Special Needs Community in the Greater Detroit area. She is a private tutor of photography and multi media art to children and disabled adults.
Young has exhibited her wok in five solo shows, including 'Wildflower Paintings, A Photographic Exhibition' at The Detroit Institute of Arts in 1998, sponsored by the Fuji and Chrysler Corporation, as well as 'Dancing the Circle of Life' at the Native Indian Inuit Photographers Association, Hamilton, Ontario in 1994. S. Kay has participated in over fifty curated or invitational group exhibitions. In 1999 Young gave a lecture at The Smithsonian for the American Indian in New York, NY, addressing the colonization of Native people in partnership with an installation exhibition at The American Indian Community House in NYC, NY. Young was the first Artist in Residence at The Boll Family YMCA Metro Detroit in 2004. She documented the two year construction of the building project from ground breaking to building opening. An exhibition and book project completed the residency.
In 2014 Young and her Special Needs Students won an Emmy on PBS 'Detroit Performs' for the following segment: http://video.dptv.org/video/2365135723/.