Miracles of the Spirit
Folk, Art, and Stories from Wisconsin

By Don Krug

By Ann Parker

336 pp., 30 color and 188 b&w photographs, bibliography, index

1578067537 (9781578067534)
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A survey highlighting the many wonders of Wisconsin's visual culture traditions

Travelers to Wisconsin discover a tremendous heritage of art traditions including sacred grottoes, yard environments, and enticing pri-vate spaces. In the land of the cheesehead, a giant fiberglass muskie, a statue of E.T., and scrap metal dinosaurs beckon from the roadside.

From 1991 to 2000, Don Krug and Ann Parker traveled throughout Wisconsin's urban areas, small towns, and rural communities, talking with artists who created outside the mainstream of university and museum art worlds. Some of the individuals profiled in this book have begun to receive recognition as artists far outside of the state. However, for many, this will be their first introduction to the general public.

Featuring 30 color and 188 black-and-white photographs, the book is organized geographically into eastern, central, western, and northern regions of the state. Each regional division begins with a descriptive tour of the land, the life, and the art that characterize the richness of Wisconsin's cultural landscape. Each section also includes artists' narratives, twenty-six in all, transcribed from interviews Krug and Parker conducted in their travels. Here the artists speak for themselves, relating how they began making art, and how, through art, their interests, values, and personal fulfillment are all interwoven.

Idiosyncratic makers of art are too often misrepresented as if their practices arise out of some inherent, spontaneous, or accidental creativity. This book seeks to challenge these assumptions. In the final two chapters the authors place Wisconsin's abundance of visual culture into regional, national, and international contexts.

Don Krug, Vancouver, British Columbia, is an associate professor of curriculum studies at the University of British Columbia. Ann Parker, Baraboo, Wisconsin, is an elementary art teacher, artist, and photographer.

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Photo: Prophet Blackmon with paintings-courtesy Ann Parker

336 pp., 30 color and 188 b&w photographs, bibliography, index