|The following information was submitted in April of 2006 by her daughter Kathryn Launey:|
Kitty O'Meallie (nee Kate Morrison Chamness) was born in Bennettsville, SC. Despite economic hardships, her father arranged for Kitty to attend Newcomb School of Fine Arts at Tulane University during the Depression era. She returned to Tulane for postgraduate study, during the latter half of the 1950s.
She became established as a well-respected regional artist in New Orleans and the southeastern United States. Media include oil, acrylic, pastel, charcoal, pencil, silk screen, and mixed media.
Aside from individual and group exhibits in New Orleans, she also had one-woman shows in the Masur Museum of Art in Monroe, LA; the Marlboro County Museum of South Carolina; and the Meridian Museum of Art in Mississippi.
In addition to being in numerous private collections, her work is represented in public collections: New Orleans Museum of Art, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Tulane University, Pan-Am Life Center, Masur Museum of Art, and Meridian Museum of Art.
She is the recipient of the WYES-TV Award 1979, won honors at the 1986 New Orleans Invitational Caucus, and recently won the cover art contest for the NC Care Retirement Guide in 2003. She continues to paint in Cary, NC.