Jule Collins Smith Museum opens exhibition of folk art from permanent collection

train station folk artAUBURN – Auburn University’s Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art is presenting the exhibition “Outsiders on the Inside: Contemporary Folk Art in the Permanent Collection” through April 30 in the Chi Omega-Hargis Gallery. Several Alabama natives, including Bernice Sims, Jimmy Lee Sudduth and Mose Tolliver, are represented in the exhibition.

Contemporary folk art has received wide attention from museums and collectors in recent years but because of its diversity, scholars and critics have yet to agree on a term that describes it as a whole.

“Outsider, visionary, self-taught and vernacular are just a few of the most common labels placed upon the artists and their varied work,” museum curator Dennis Harper said. “These self-directed artists share important characteristics with their mainstream or academically trained contemporaries. Each creates work that is inventive, thought provoking and highly personal.”

The exhibition examines the range of artistic expression by these so-called Outsiders, featuring paintings, drawings and watercolors from the museum’s permanent collection. Created by well-known and emerging artists, subjects include historical figures, cultural icons, religious scenes and personal visions.

For highlights of the Jule Collins Smith Museum’s permanent collection, go to http://jcsm.auburn.edu/collections_perm/highlights.php. For more information about the museum, including “Outsiders on the Inside” and other exhibitions, go to http://jcsm.auburn.edu/index.php or call (334) 844-1484.

(Contributed by Colleen Bourdeau.)

Contact: Colleen Bourdeau, (334) 844-7075 (cbourdeau@auburn.edu), or
Mike Clardy, (334) 844-9999 (clardch@auburn.edu)