Kansas City's Pioneering Female Painter, And Daughter Uncovers Mother's Racial Passing

Nov 28, 2017

Jane Pronko has for years captured the spirit and flavor of Kansas City with her paintings, which have in turn captured the fancy of collectors around the world. Today, meet one of the metro's pioneering female artists.

Then, hear the true story of a mixed-race woman from the Jim Crow south, who gave up life as a black woman in Louisiana for one as a white woman in Ohio. That decision underpinned the rest of her life and, after her death, reverberates through the life of her daughter, author Gail Lukasik.

A collection of Jane Pronko's work is on view at Leopold Gallery at 324 W. 63th St. in Kansas City, Missouri. Go to LeopoldGallery.com for more information.