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Kate Abbey-Lambertz

Group Fighting To Save Detroit's 'Hamtramck Disneyland' House | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 07.01.2015 | Arts

Welcome to Disney’s very unofficial Northern outpost: It is almost hidden, appearing suddenly in the middle of an otherwise nondescript alley, and it's a necessary stop for any visitor searching for markers of the Motor City’s eclectic and original soul. It’s a frenetic, exuberant love letter to color, movement and play, never quite the same from one visit to the next. This is “Hamtramck Disneyland,” and, following the death of creator Dmytro Szylak, its future is at risk.

Recordings From Music Maker Relief Foundation (and a Free Album!)

Stephen D. Winick | Posted 06.24.2015 | Arts
Stephen D. Winick

Public folklorists like me often advocate for traditional arts, and for individual traditional artists. We try to increase funding, support, and participation in the art forms we work with, and we recommend artists for gigs, awards, grants, and other recognition.

Priscilla Frank

Lonnie Holley Is The Most Genuine Performance Artist In The Mother Universe | Priscilla Frank | Posted 06.12.2015 | Arts

"I'm gonna get your garbage, your trash, your debris," Lonnie Holley says before a crowd gathered to hear him perform at the American Folk Art...

Looking For A Good Buy In Outsider Art? Canada's John Swinton Might Just Fit The Bill

Michael Ernest Sweet | Posted 06.04.2015 | Arts
Michael Ernest Sweet

I've been buying Swinton's art for years. I recognized it immediately as something worthy of investment. But before I get into all that, I do want t...

Priscilla Frank

What Exactly Is Folk Art? A Primer On The Genre That's Felt With The Heart | Priscilla Frank | Posted 05.04.2015 | Arts

Most fine art genres have defining aesthetic characteristics that identify themselves as such -- Realism is realistic, Cubism has cubes, Pop art p...

Maddie Crum

These Intricate Domestic Paintings Recall The Magic Of Everyday Life | Maddie Crum | Posted 04.20.2015 | Arts

To look at one of Andrea Joyce Heimer’s paintings is to feel at once comforted and confused. Bold patterns clutter the walls of her domestic scenes,...

How An Alabama Handyman Became One Of America's Most Beloved Outsider Artists

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 04.10.2015 | Arts

Images via Marcia Weber Art Objects It's not hard to recognize a Mose Tolliver painting. He communicates in a visual language all his own. The...

Community Art and Demolition Derby

Sue Kerr | Posted 06.06.2015 | Arts
Sue Kerr

My friends at Most Wanted Fine Art (MWFA) dragged a car all around the country, wheat pasting photos of supporters onto the car only to end up smashing the vehicle at a country fair.

How The Rise Of The Middle Class Shaped American Folk Art

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 03.30.2015 | Arts

The dictionary defines folk art as work "produced typically in cultural isolation by untrained often anonymous artists or by artisans of varyi...

Examining The Often Overlooked Art Of The Lost Pet Poster

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 03.27.2015 | Arts

It's not all that often that regular folks -- read: non-artists -- decide to draw, photograph or even collage an impromptu art piece, reaching into th...

500 Years Of Hypnotic Masks Reveal Our Eternal Obsession With Disguise

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 03.30.2015 | Arts

Whether it's a helmet for the big game, a disguise for a stealthy rendezvous, a transformative adornment completing a costume, or a headpiece ...

A Retired Elementary School Teacher Turned Her Home Into A Folksy Fine Art Mecca

Priscilla Frank | Posted 02.18.2015 | Arts
Priscilla Frank

For many years, Ramona Otto was an elementary school teacher. Full disclosure: She was my elementary school teacher. She'd often ask her students to bring in certain items for projects she was working on. Rulers, pencils and pins were often on her "treasure list."

Over 800 Living Folk Artists Come Together For Massive Iboamerican Exhibition

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 04.10.2015 | Arts

Leave it to the Natural History Museum to present an art show poised to put most art-specific museums to shame. This fall, the museum brings together ...

Not Every Traditional Art Is Just a Handicraft!

Ihitashri Shandilya | Posted 10.10.2014 | Arts
Ihitashri Shandilya

Through my lenses for traditional art, I have been researching how regional art forms have emerged over centuries and how undiscovered talents in remote villages do extraordinary creativity in their native art form.

Sustainability of Traditional Art Forms

Ihitashri Shandilya | Posted 10.07.2014 | Arts
Ihitashri Shandilya

From the early civilization days, human beings believed in culture. Every society practiced one or the other form of art or craft.

International Folk Art Alliance Nurtures Cultural Entrepreneurs

John M. Eger | Posted 08.18.2014 | Arts
John M. Eger

UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) was an early sponsor of Santa Fe and its International Folk Art program and...

The Cultural Landscape Architects: Thomas J. Lax

Julie Chae | Posted 08.16.2014 | Arts
Julie Chae

"When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South" sets aside conventional art world categories of insider and outsider art, and instead explores across different media and disciplines how 35 black artists in the last 50 years have made art inspired by and deeply imbued with southern cultural legacies.

Dancing in Paradise: An Encounter with Howard Finster

Sally Hansell | Posted 06.11.2014 | Arts
Sally Hansell

For the past few months, Lauri Stallings, an innovative choreographer in Atlanta, has been having deep conversations with Rev. Howard Finster, the fol...

Art Started When I Stopped Caring

Dori Hartley | Posted 01.25.2014 | Arts
Dori Hartley

The minute I stopped caring was the minute the world poured out of me and onto the canvas. It was and is truly an uncanny experience.

Outsider Art in Paris During the FIAC

Vivian Norris | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Vivian Norris

Outsider Art is no longer on the fringe, but it still takes a special soul and wanting to see and understand to truly stand in front of these works and grasp what is often beyond straightforward aesthetic understanding.

Resisting the Whitening of Bill Traylor: Why We Should Remember the Slave and Sharecropper As Much As the Artist

G. Roger Denson | Posted 01.25.2014 | Arts
G. Roger Denson

Putting Traylor at the forefront of the mid-20th century African-American context for art today seems an act of reclamation that, in addition to restoring the African-American artistic heritage, also dispels the unfortunate aura of Outsiderism,

Things To Do in L.A.: The Art of Pysanka Making

Zorianna Kit | Posted 06.01.2013 | Los Angeles
Zorianna Kit

A "pysanka" is a decorated Ukrainian Easter egg traditionally given to family members or respected outsiders at Easter. On Sunday April 21, 2013, th...

Glitter Isn't Just For Kids Anymore

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 04.10.2015 | Arts

If you thought glitter was only for schoolchildren with a burning passion for craft time, think again. A new exhibition at ArtEnables in D.C. celebrat...

American Folk Portraits Now On Display

AP | Posted 10.16.2012 | Arts

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. -- A new American folk art exhibition at Colonial Williamsburg is highlighting some of the historic area's newly acquired paintings ...

See The World's Largest Folk Art Market

AP | JERI CLAUSING | Posted 08.26.2012 | Arts

SANTA FE, N.M. — The stories are as diverse as the artists themselves: Afghan women who have lifted themselves out of poverty through a cooperat...