Ouida Canaday, born in 1922, was a native of Lake Whales, Florida, who developed her career and prestige in Atlanta. One of the most prominent artists operating in the South, she earned a number of accolades, and her work is included in several private and corporate collections.
Canaday was deeply involved in and contributed greatly to the art scene in Atlanta, where she founded the Artist’s Atelier of Atlanta, gallery and studios. She was also one of the founders and presidents of the Piedmont Arts Festival in Atlanta and was named in 1966 by Governor Carl Sanders as vice president of the Georgia Art Commission.
Although she died in 1994, Canady’s legacy lives on through the many accomplished artists she taught. Her drawing Venetian Red is part of Georgia’s State Art Collection.