Shaping Traditions: Folk Arts in a Changing South

Shaping Traditions: Folk Arts in a Changing South

Homespun Handiwork

Open your eyes to the changing role of folk art as it influences Southern culture through a collection of 500 artifacts ranging from pottery to musical instruments.

Highlighted artists include the Meaders and Hewell family pottery makers, chair-maker Walter Shelnut, Cherokee basket-maker Lucille Lossiah, the Reeves family of basket makers, story quilter Harriet Powers and blacksmith Philip Simmons.

“The changing role of folk arts, once central to the lives of ordinary southerners, offers fresh insights into the region’s social history,” says exhibition curator John Burrison.

Throughout the exhibition, videos present folk art processes and are complemented by touchable examples of highlighted works. Two enclosed rooms create listening environments for visitors to hear folk storytelling, singing and instrumental music.

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