Born: February 8, 1861, Waukegan, Illinois, United States
Died: June 12, 1958, Prescott, Arizona, United States
Education: Cooper Union
Art Students League of New York
Lived: Thumb Butte Rd, Prescott, AZ, USA (34.5276, -112.54503)
Buried: Arizona Pioneers Home Cemetery, Prescott, Yavapai County, Arizona, USA, Plot: Simmons Section
Books: The Hopi photographs
Kate T. Cory moved to Prescott, Arizona in 1913 and lived in a stone house in the Idylwild Tract. Cory exhibited a painting, Arizona desert, at the Armory Show of 1913 which sold for $150, and received an honorable mention at the show.
Address: Thumb Butte Rd, Prescott, AZ, USA (34.5276, -112.54503)
Type: Private Property
Kate T. Cory’s friend, Louis Akin, suggested Prescott as a good place for an artist. In 1912, at the age of 51, Kate moved into her little pueblo style house in the Idylwild Tract on Thumb Butte Road. She continued to live simply; a vegetarian, she tended a garden and cooked on a wood stove. She fulfilled commissions for private collectors as well as the Santa Fe railroad. Her paintings garnered State Fair awards and national recognition. Her painting “Arizona Desert” was shown at the groundbreaking 1913 Armory Show in New York. During WWI, she returned east and worked in a Women’s Land Army garden project raising vegetables for the war effort. She also experimented with camouflage techniques and tested materials used in the construction of aircraft designs. After the war, Kate joined Sharlot Hall working in the “Way Out West” program, intended to help preserve Native American customs and to raise money for the Frontier Days Rodeo. In Prescott, she gained a reputation as an eccentric spinster. Her church family at the First Congregational Church was concerned for her welfare; she was thin and dressed in old, worn clothes. Possessions were not important to Kate; she often shared or gave away what she had. She was described as a lesbian and having had "a plain, weather-beaten face, pulled-back hair, a determined black-clothed walk with a cane, as if every trip downtown were aimed at confronting the mayor."
Who: Kate Cory (February 8, 1861 – June 12, 1958)
Kate Thompson Cory was an American photographer and artist. She studied art in New York, and then worked as commercial artist. She traveled to the southwestern United States in 1905 and lived among the Hopi for several years, recording their lives in about 600 photographs. Cory was born in Waukegan, Illinois on February 8, 1861. Her parents were James Young Cory (1828-1901), born in Canada, and Eliza P. Kellogg Cory (1829-1903), born in Maine. They also had a son, named James Stewart Cory. An abolitionist, her father was involved in the Underground Railroad. Kate Cory was related to Fanny Cory, illustrator of the Little Miss Muffet comic book. She died in Prescott on June 12, 1958 at the Arizona Pioneers' Home and was buried at the cemetery there near her friend Sharlot Hall (Prescott, Yavapai County, Plot: Simmons Section). The inscription at her gravesite names her "Artist of Arizona" below which is: "Hers Was The Joy of Giving".
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