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Self-Taught and Folk Art

Bill Traylor (American, 1856–1949), Pig, ca. 1940–1942, watercolor and graphite on cardboard, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Gift of Charles and Eugenia Shannon, 1982.4.6

The Museum’s collection of works by self-taught and folk artists was founded with the gift from Charles and Eugenia Shannon in 1982 of thirty drawings by the Montgomery artist Bill Traylor. In this same year the work of this group of artists, primarily active in the mid-to-late 20th century, came to prominence, and their work began to be collected and interpreted within the larger canon of American art. Subsequently, the Museum has acquired a substantial collection of work by self-taught artists from both the state of Alabama and the southeastern United States, including an extensive collection of quilts.