Gay Caryll Sweely, Ph.D.

Title: Professor of Art History

Company: Eastern Kentucky University

Location: Richmond, KY United States





  • Inductee, Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award (2017-2018)
  • Featured Listee, Who’s Who in America, Marquis Who’s Who (2010)
  • Featured Listee, Who’s Who in American Education, Marquis Who’s Who (2006-2007)
  • Featured Listee, Who’s Who of American Women, Marquis Who’s Who (2002-2003)
  • Associate Professor, emeritus, Art History, Eastern Kentucky University
  • Recipient, Rurick and Mary Roark Distinguished Lecture Award (2015)
  • Honoree, Honorable Mention, “Who’s Who in Academia, News Digest International (2013); Honoree, Personalities of the South: Honored and Distinguished, 1974.
  • Elected US Government Official, State of Maryland (1974-1975)
  • Honoree, Art Educator of the Year, Higher Education, Kentucky Art Educators Association (2005-2006); Recipient, Recognition Awards for Service and Teaching in the Eastern Kentucky University Honors Program (2005-2018)
  • Recipient, Kentucky Heritage Council, Kentucky Landmark Award, Nathan Hawkins House (2011); Recipient, The Blue Grass Trust for Historic Preservation, BGT Heritage Property Award, Nathan Hawkins House, 1790 (2013)
  • Honoree, “One of the 50 Best Eastern Kentucky University Teachers” (2012)
  • Honoree, International Educator of the Year, Cambridge Bluebook (2004)
  • Honoree, William Howard Taft Hall of Fame (2004)
  • Honoree, Best of the Best (education), 2003 People’s Choice Awards, Madison County, Kentucky (2003)
  • Gay Sweely, co-editor and author (with Kevin T. Livingston and Richard Jordan), Becoming Australians: The Movement towards Federation in Ballarat and the Nation, Wakefield Press, South Australia, 2001.
  • Pres., Chapter 120, EKU Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi; Pres., Chapter 3349, Toastmasters International; Pres., Census Bureau Toastmistress International; Pres., University of Utah Navy Wives; and Pres. Debate Club.
  • Honoree, Miss Junior Chicago Citizen; Honoree, Mayor for a Day; NAACP honored convention presenter on “The Importance of Our Youth”; Grandmaster for the opening of Chicago’s Lincoln Park Children’s Zoo; and Presenter, “Science Unlimited,” WGN-TV.



  • BA, Illinois Wesleyan University, Art History (cum laude; honors thesis)
  • MA, University of Utah, Art History (Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society)
  • Certificate of Proficiency, ad eundem, Art History, Canterbury University, New Zealand
  • PhD, University of Melbourne (dual majors), Architectural History and Art History
  • Mentor, Hons. Architectural History, Deakin University, Australia
  • Honorarium, MA, Flinders University, Australia
  • Honorarium, PhD, Australian Catholic University, ACT, Australia
  • Honorarium, PhD, University of Ballarat, Australia


Gay Sweely: Art concerns the representation of our humanity on earth; art history gives meaning to all of our lives. I have been involved with art since the age of four, and it has been an honor to educate students in art history, for the past 37 years, in three countries (14 of those years teaching overseas). I am humbled by this honor conferred by the Marquis organization.

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