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S. Kay Young is a Native American Detroit based artist, art advocate and teacher with an over 40 year career as a photographer. A descendant of the Eastern Band Cherokee Nation, her work is in numerous private and corporate collections, including The Detroit Institute of Arts, The University of Michigan and Cobo Center (The Detroit Regional Convention Facility Authority) in Detroit.

She is a 1980 graduate of the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, and from 1979 through 1989, Young was a photographer and Rights and Reproduction broker at The Detroit Institute of Arts.

Her work has been shown in many solo and group exhibitions throughout her career. In addition, she has lectured at The Smithsonian’s National Museum for the American Indian in New York addressing the colonization of Native people in partnership with the American Indian Community House in New York City.


S. Kay Young has been a tree-hugger all her life. A self described "Urban Indian" of Cherokee descent, her photographs pay homage to the natural world.