Folk art is one of the American South's most significant areas of creative achievement, and this comprehensive yet accessible reference details that achievement from the sixteenth century through the present. This volume of The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture explores the many forms of aesthetic expression that have characterised southern folk art, including the work of self-taught artists, as well as the South's complex relationship to national patterns of folk art collecting. Fifty-two thematic essays examine subjects ranging from colonial portraiture, Moravian material culture, and southern folk pottery to the South's rich quilt-making traditions, memory painting, and African American vernacular art, and 211 topical essays include profiles of major folk and self-taught artists in the region.
Carol Crown is First Tennessee Professor of Art History at the University of Memphis, USA and editor of Coming Home! Self-Taught Artists, the Bible and the American South.Cheryl Rivers, an independent scholar living in Brooklyn, New York, USA has taught numerous courses at the Folk Art Institute, American Folk Art Museum and is editor of Donald Mitchell: Right Here, Right Now.