Harriet Kirkpatrick, a fourth-generation Ohioan, grew up in Columbus with her four brothers. After graduating from Columbus Central High School, Kirkpatrick began her art studies at Columbus Art School. She had her first exhibit in 1910 in Chicago.
She had her first New York Art League Show in 1913. That same year, she married William (Billie) Kirkpatrick, became one of the pioneer residents of Grandview Heights and was hired as the art critic for The Ohio State Journal.
She founded the Ohio State Fair Exhibition and remained its director until 1927. Harriet began teaching privately from her home as well as at Columbus School for Girls to supplement her income when her husband died suddenly and left her with a teenage daughter to rear.
After her retirement from CSG in 1946, she continued to teach from her home on Westwood Avenue. A group of Tri-Village women who attended Kirkpatrick's classes became known as the Westwood Painters. Kirkpatrick continued with her art until her death in 1962.
A reception was held earlier this month at First Community Church to celebrate the life and paintings of Harriet Kirkpatrick by her grandchildren, Pete Deihl and Sally Kriska, who lived on Westwood Avenue with their grandmother.