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Highlights from the Folk Art Collection, Huntington Museum of Art, On View Through March 30

 

Art created by non-academic artists has always been hard to characterize – and perhaps that is a good thing. There have never noahsarkbeen clear-cut lines in art especially in the areas of craft, illustration, photography, vernacular furniture, and so on. Art historians are quick to categorize with “isms” and “idioms.” Art that doesn’t fit concisely into these labels can often be new and refreshing.

Whatever the label, there is a rich tradition (of what we will call folk art, for simplicity’s sake), in the Appalachian region. The permanent collection of the Huntington Museum of Art includes more than 200 outstanding examples of paintings, drawings, sculpture, textiles and “eccentric” or vernacular furniture by self-taught artists including Edgar and Donny Tolson, Shields Landon Jones, Garland and Minnie Adkins, Dilmus Hall, Evan Decker, Charlie Kinney, Linvel Barker, Jimmy Lee Sudduth, “The Baltimore Glass Man”, Reverend Howard Finster and others.

The bulk of this rich collection is made up of works created by artists from Kentucky, West Virginia, and other Southern Appalachian states. Most of these were acquired by the Museum in the 1980s and 1990s, and the Museum is still adding to this collection. A number of these artists, including Evan Decker, S.L. Jones, Minnie Adkins, and Charley and Noah Kinney are represented by a large numbers of objects.

The collection also has many excellent 19thcentury folk art examples of paintings, sculpture and textiles, including works by Sala Bosworth, Susannah F. Nicholson, Asa Ames, and Eliza Isabella Means Seaton, which will also be part of the exhibition.

This exhibit is generously sponsored by the Katherine & Herman Pugh Exhibitions Endowment; Robert D. Olson In Honor of Barack Obama, for Fulfilling the American Dream; and West Virginia Division of Culture and History; and National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts.

Huntington Museum of Art
2033 McCoy Road
Huntington, WV, 25701
Phone: 304-529-2701
https://www.hmoa.org/

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