Kennesaw State will present exhibition of black folk art

The School of the Arts at Kennesaw State University will launch the New Year with a unique…

Georgia (Jan 9, 2003) — Kennesaw State will present exhibition of black folk art

Cheryl Anderson Brown


The School of the Arts at Kennesaw State University will launch the New Year with a unique exhibition of black folk art from the private collection of Ann and Ted Oliver. The exhibition opens with a reception beginning at 7 p.m. and a gallery talk by Mr. Oliver at 8 p.m. on Jan. 9 in the Wilson Building Fine Arts Gallery on the Kennesaw campus.

Although many of the 21 artists included in "The Collectors' Vision: Black Folk Art of the American South from the Collection of Ann and Ted Oliver" are featured in the National Gallery of Folk Art‚ most of the works have never been shown publically. The exhibition will feature about 60 works by 21 artists including Lorenzo Scott‚ Mose Tolliver‚ Jimmy Lee Sudduth‚ Leroy Almon‚ Purvis Young‚ Mary Proctor and Sultan Rogers.

The Olivers‚ who live in Marietta‚ have quietly collected these colorful works over the last several years in order to help protect and preserve these traditional forms.

"These artists are mostly self−taught‚" says Suzanne Talbott‚ KSU Curator and Gallery Manager. "Many of these artists and their traditions are dying out. This exhibition is designed to highlight their very personal and unique styles."

Two special appearances‚ in addition to Mr. Oliver's Jan. 9 gallery talk‚ are scheduled in conjunction with the exhibition. Featured artist Lorenzo Scott‚ who was recently named "folk artist of the year‚" will speak in the gallery at 7 p.m. on Jan. 22. On Feb. 4‚ renowned black folk artist and folk art expert Yvonne Wells will speak in Stillwell Theater on the KSU campus as part of the events surrounding this exhibition. She will share her insights on the featured artists and many colorful stories about the quilts she has exhibited at the Museum of American Folk Art‚ the Birmingham and Montgomery Museums of Art‚ The Rosa Parks Library and the Art Institute of Chicago. Both visits are sponsored by the KSU African American Student Association.

The exhibition is part of the KSU Black History Celebration. It continues through Feb. 12. Gallery admission is free. For more information‚ call 770−499−3223.

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