January 13–March 25, 2017
Sara May Love Gallery, Zoe Golloway Gallery, Munroe Family Community Gallery

Visit Gadsden Arts to celebrate the expressive power of Southern Vernacular Art. This work speaks to everyone who sees it about the human condition that binds all of us. Vernacular Art is some of the most uniquely American and emotionally charged art created in our country during the Twentieth Century, made by artists isolated by economic and educational challenges, oppression, race, and geography. These artists were so compelled to express their life experiences in visual form that they worked with whatever they had at hand, castoff objects and materials that others considered trash but for the artists had symbolism and great expressive potential.
In 2014, the Metropolitan Museum of Art accessioned into its department of Contemporary Art a Vernacular Art collection from the Souls Grown Deep Foundation. Thomas P. Campbell, Met Director, said of the work, “It embodies the profoundly deep and textured expression of the African-American experience during a complex time in this country’s history.”
Bradley Sumrall, Curator of the Collection at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans , was our distinguished speaker at the opening reception. He discussed the artists and their work, with emphasis on the Florida artists in this group: O.L. Samuels, Purvis Young, Mary Proctor, Ruby C. Williams, Alyne Harris, and Eddy Mumma.
Learn more about the Gadsden Arts Center & Museum Vernacular Art Collection here.


Exhibition Interpretation Materials

K-12 Exhibition Lesson Plans (free) 

Audio Tour (free with admission)

Video Tour (Watch on YouTube)



Exhibition Catalogs are available for purchase in the Museum Shop for $10.

Catalogs also available for FREE downloads here!

 

 

 

Family Gallery Guides (Click on the links below to download)


Gadsden Arts can provide large-format versions of most materials upon request. Our goal is to provide exciting and educational experiences for all visitors so please contact our Education Director, Anissa Ford with any questions or special requests. To see more Exhibition Interpretative Materials for past exhibitions click here.


Exhibition presented by

  

Su and Steve Ecenia • Calynne and Lou Hill

Anne Jolley Thomas and Lyle McAlister • Stacy Rehberg Photography 

 

Contributing Sponsors

 Hot Tamale • Pettit Family Fund


 

Funding for this program was provided through a grant from the Florida Humanities Council with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this exhibition do not necessarily represent those of the Florida Humanities Council or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.

 

                   

Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, 
Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs,
and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture

     

 

Clyde Butcher Finds Beauty in America

January 15 - April 3, 2021

Clyde Butcher is an acclaimed photographer who has made it his mission to photograph and document wild and natural places across America for the last 50 years. He grew up in California and later relocated to Florida, finding peach and his life's mission within the Everglades. In this photographic exhibit, America the Beautiful, whose content stretches from the Redwood forests of California to the Everglades swamps of Florida, Butcher has captured the essence of our natural spaces and treasured landscapes. His images document the changing environment, capturing what is there today and encouraging us to enjoy the beauty of wilderness. He raises awareness of our remote places and the species who live there, allowing us a serene adventure through his lens. Clyde's images in this exhibition present the diverse places of wilderness and respite found throughout all of America and allow us to appreciate the beauty across our land. 

America the Beautiful opens to the public on January 15, 2021, and will be on display in all three first floor galleries of the Gadsden Arts Center & Museum.