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Cajun Mardi Gras Masks

Every winter a handful of Cajun Louisiana folk artists assembles unlikely mixtures of material to shape masks for their Cajun Mardi Gras celebrations. They use window screens, chicken feathers, yarn, ...

Black Velvet Art

Text by Eric A. Eliason
Photographs by Scott Squire
Categories: Art And Architecture

Jesus, matadors, panthers, bandits, Indians, movie stars, waifs, and, of course, Elvis are recognized icons of the oft-despised, uber-kitsch art form of black velvet painting. In Black Velvet Art author ...

Santería Garments and Altars

Santería, also called Lucumi or Orisha Worship by its practitioners, originated in Nigeria among the Yoruba people. It took shape in Cuba during and after the slave trade and reached North America through ...

Chicano Graffiti and Murals

For almost a decade Peter Quezada, a prolific self-taught artist, painted murals and lettering on buildings and retaining walls in neighborhoods northeast of downtown Los Angeles. He refers to his work ...

Haitian Vodou Flags

Once little-known outside of Haiti, Vodou flags (drapo Vodou), dazzling in color and imagery, have become popular commodities in the international art market. Works by such notable Haitian artists as ...

Sacred and Profane

Edited by Carol Crown & Charles Russell
Categories: Southern Studies

Sacred and Profane: Voice and Vision in Southern Self-Taught Art presents historical and cultural analyses of southern self-taught art that focus on the cultural contexts of the art's creation, as well ...

Just Above the Water

Florida has an abundance of excellent artists whose work reflects the traditions of their many diverse communities. Yet there has been, until now, no major publication that focuses on the state's visual ...

Forms of Tradition in Contemporary Spain

The fast-paced demands of a global economy make it increasingly difficult for folk and traditional artists to stay true to their heritages. All too often, artists either isolate themselves in an impossible ...

Miracles of the Spirit

By Don Krug & Ann Parker
Categories: Photography

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, ...

Coming Home! Self-Taught Artists, the Bible, and the American South

Edited by Carol Crown
Foreword by Mary C. Ingersoll
Categories: Art And Architecture

In the works of many famous self-taught artists, such as Howard Finster and Sister Gertrude Morgan, Biblical themes and imagery abound. How has the Bible inspired these southern creators?

Examining 125 ...