folk art


Definition of folk art

: the traditional decorative or utilitarian art of the people that is often an expression of community life and is distinguished from academic or self-conscious or cosmopolitan expression Along with exhibits showcasing such folk art as quilts, jewelry and toys, visitors learn about the influence of folk art on contemporary art through tours, programs, symposia and art workshops.— Shawn Sell

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Recent Examples on the Web Like Scarborough and Martinez, Veronica Ramirez Miller also appreciates the local haunts of her hometown in her contemporary folk art paintings. René A. Guzman,, "Artists immortalize puro San Antonio landmarks like Randy’s, Cool Crest and The Malt House," 7 Jan. 2021 Kentuck Art Center and Festival is a renowned folk art institution dedicated to providing year-round programming. Shauna Stuart |, al, "GIFT GUIDE 2020: Miss social events? Then donate to the organizations that host them," 2 Dec. 2020 With over 48,000 panels, the 35-year-old folk art piece honors more than 100,000 individuals who died due to complications from AIDS. Sydney Combs, National Geographic, "How art helps us make sense of COVID-19's incomprehensible toll," 18 Nov. 2020 Ruth DeYoung Kohler II, who helped a medium-sized Wisconsin city become known throughout the world for its folk art museum, has died at the age of 79. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Ruth Kohler helped build an international reputation for a Sheboygan art museum. She has died at the age of 79.," 16 Nov. 2020 Also on display: traditional folk art, digital ofrendas and photography. Los Angeles Times, "Boo! 18 ways to celebrate Halloween and Día de Los Muertos, IRL or virtually," 28 Oct. 2020 The photo eventually reached Clayton Pennington, who publishes the Maine Antiques Digest, the definitive diary of American folk art. Edmund H. Mahony,, "A master craftsman is spared prison for an astonishing fraud that duped top antiques experts and landed at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford," 29 Sep. 2020 Cota is self-taught, according to his website, and draws inspiration from sources including Mexican folk art and Chicano lowrider culture. Elizabeth Montgomery, The Arizona Republic, "They're beautiful and have a message. 8 new murals in Phoenix and the artists behind them," 11 Sep. 2020 The San Antonio Museum of Art has reopened and renamed its Latin American folk art gallery, which had been closed for three years., "Express Briefing: ‘Smart device’ hacks are way up during pandemic," 10 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of folk art

1892, in the meaning defined above

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13 Jan 2021

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“Folk art.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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