Opening Reception:A Shared Legacy: Folk Art in America

Friday, August 17, 20185:00PM - Friday, August 17, 20188:00PM
At Longwood Center for the Visual Arts, located at 129 North Main Street
Organized by LCVA

Opening Reception for A Shared Legacy: FOLK ART IN AMERICA: August 17, 5-8:00pm

This exhibition tells the story of the extraordinary work created by self-taught or minimally trained artists in New England, the Midwest, the Mid-Atlantic, and the South between 1800 and 1925.

Made by artists in rural areas, these works did not always adhere to the academic models that established artistic taste in urban centers of the East Coast.  Yet, because of the large number of professional and amateur artists who created folk art in the years following the Nation's founding — and the sheer quantity of art they produced — folk art was the prevalent art form in the United States for more than a century. 

The exhibition showcases more than 60 works by some of the most admired 19th-century American artists.  Included are rare and very fine portraits by such artists as Ammi Phillips and John Brewster, Jr.; vivid still lifes, allegorical scenes and landscapes, including a mature Peaceable Kingdom by Edward Hicks.


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