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4Self-taughtOutsiderVisionaryArtcreatedbynon-academicartistshasalwaysbeenhardtocharacterizeandperhapsthatisagoodthing.Therehaveneverbeenclear-cutlinesinartespeciallyintheareasofcraftillustrationphotographyvernacularfurnitureandsoon.Arthistoriansarequicktocategorizewithismsandidioms.Artthatdoesntfitconciselyintotheselabelscanoftenbenewandrefreshing.WhateverthelabelthereisarichtraditionofwhatwewillcallfolkartforsimplicityssakeintheAppalachianregion.ThepermanentcollectionoftheHuntingtonMuseumofArtincludesmorethan200outstandingexamplesofpaintingsdrawingssculpturetextilesandeccentricorvernacularfurniturebyself-taughtartistsincludingEdgarandDonnyTolsonShieldsLandonJonesGarlandandMinnieAdkinsDilmusHallEvanDeckerNoahandCharlieKinneyLinvelBarkerJimmyLeeSudduthTheBaltimoreGlassManReverendHowardFinsterandothers.October52013-March302014Gallery3ThebulkofthisrichcollectionismadeupofworkscreatedbyartistsfromKentuckyWestVirginiaandotherSouthernAppalachianstates.MostofthesewereacquiredbytheMuseuminthe1980sand1990sandtheMuseumisstilladdingtothiscollection.AnumberoftheseartistsincludingEvanDeckerS.L.JonesMinnieAdkinsandCharleyandNoahKinneyarerepresentedbyalargenumberofobjects.Thecollectionalsohasmanyexcellent19thcenturyfolkartexamplesofpaintingssculptureandtextilesincludingworksbySalaBosworthSusannahF.NicholsonAsaAmesandElizaIsabellaMeansSeatonwhichwillalsobepartoftheexhibition.ThisexhibitisgenerouslysponsoredbytheKatherineHermanPughExhibitionsEndowmentRobertD.OlsonInHonorofBarackObamaforFulfillingtheAmericanDreamandWestVirginiaDivisionofCultureandHistoryandNationalEndowmentfortheArtswithapprovalfromtheWestVirginiaCommissionontheArts.CarlMcKenzieAmerican1905-1998NoahsArkc.1987.Carvedpaintedwoodpaintfelt-tipmarker19x2312x41248.3x59.7x11.4cm.Museumpurchase1996.20HighlightsfromtheFolkArtCollection