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No Ordinary Folk: Southern Self-Taught Artists from the Permanent Collection

Jepson Center July 31, 2010 - January 3, 2011

Exhibition Closed January 2011

For the first time in eight years, the Telfair presents an exhibition from its growing collection of work by self-taught artists, largely from the southeastern United States. The show features many works acquired in recent years that have never been exhibited. Highlights include newly acquired sculptures by Tennessee folk sculptor Bessie Harvey and a rare, recently discovered work depicting the Savannah riverfront by an African American sailor and artist, William O. Golding. The exhibition will include a wide range of idiosyncratic and inventive drawings, paintings, woodcarvings, and mixed media assemblages from noted folk artists Jimmie Lee Sudduth, Ned Cartledge, Eddie Mumma, R.A. Miller, Ulysses Davis, and others. The Telfair’s folk art collection focuses on Savannah and Georgia, with other works produced in South Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, and Florida.

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Jepson Center

Curator’s Lecture
August 20, 12:30 pm
To augment the   exhibition No Ordinary Folk: Southern Self-Taught Art from the Permanent Collection, the Telfair’s senior curator of education, Harry DeLorme, will give a talk on self-taught art covering the gamut from visionary images to personal inventions to political statements. A special guest artist appearance will be announced.

Free to members and with museum admission.

Film: Missing Pieces: Georgia Folk Art
October 22, 12:30 pm

This film from 1976 includes rare interviews with artists including the late Howard Finster and Ulysses Davis. The film is provided by the Georgia Council for the Arts.

Copy work for Telfair Museum of Art and Sciences

Folk art: The Baseball Player in Cracker Park, Larry Conaster

Larry Connatser; (American: Georgia, 1938-1996); The Baseball Player in Cracker Park, 1991; Acrylic on wood; 36 x 28 x 11/16 inches; Gift of John D. Feltman, 2005.29.2  © Estate of the artist