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FSTART Launching a Student Film Festival Competition!

Posted on September 27, 2012 | Leave a comment | Posted in: Film Festival Competition, Foundation for Self Taught Art, Outsider Art, Website

Simon Sparrow / Assemblage with Painted Frame / mixed media / 48 x 49 in.

The Foundation for Self-Taught Artists is a non-profit organization that presents and promotes information and scholarly research on self-taught artists.

To that end, the Foundation is launching a student film festival competition which will provide a financial reward to independent film and video creators who submit worthy projects that are consistent with the organization’s goals of furthering the understanding of self-taught American artists (living or dead).*

AWARDS TO BE GIVEN

A cash award of $2,500 will be given to the short documentary film that best gives insight into the life/work of self-taught artist/s. In addition, there will be two honorable mention awards of $1,000 each. The winning film will be shown on the Foundation’s website, and makers of the winning film will also have an opportunity to meet with educators, advisors, and selected board members of the Foundation for Self-Taught Artists to consult on their projects.

 

RULES AND REQUIREMENTS

The award is open to filmmakers of undergraduate and/or graduate level studies. One submission per person/team is permitted. We encourage quality documentary projects between five and ten (5-10) minutes in length, suitable for presentation on our website. Submitted films must be fully completed, and must be accompanied by a producer’s warranty which guarantees ownership and control of the material submitted without limitation or restriction that could interfere with the posting of the film on the Foundation website.

For more information, and to submit an application, please view the complete Rules and Submission Guidelines. Entries must be postmarked by February 28, 2013.

*The Foundation defines self-taught artists as individuals who did not formally study art, who do not operate professionally as artists, and who created visual work with little or no connection to the national or international art world and its dealers, galleries, collectors, critics, museums, and exhibitions. Some of the names that have been given to this art are: visionary, outsider, naïve, raw, self-taught, art brut.

April 2012 News and Updates

Posted on April 11, 2012 | Leave a comment | Posted in: Ackland, American Folk Art Museum, AVAM, Bill Traylor, Clementine Hunter, Conferences, Exhibitions, Gee's Bend, High Museum, Intuit, Milwaukee Art Museum, Outsider Art, Thornton Dial

J.J. Cromer / A Study of Passing Events / 2007 / on view at the American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore

Each month, the Foundation posts an update on our efforts, as well as on interesting happenings in the field. Below are April’s offerings!

Upcoming and Current Happenings:

Videos of the talks from “Divine Disorder, Conserving the Chaos: A Conference on the Conservation of Folk and Outsider Art” are now available online. Featuring lectures by conservators and curators, the February 2012 conference included in-depth discussion of the recent Clementine Hunter forgery scandal, as well as lectures on conservation techniques that have been used to preserve works ranging from small drawings to artist environments.

The upcoming Slotin Auction, including works by William Hawkins, Sister Gertrude Morgan, and Jimmy Lee Sudduth, will take place April 21 and 22, 2012. View the online auction catalog here.  

Planning ahead: Beginning May 25, 2012, the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, will host two exhibitions of works by self-taught artists: “Creation Story: Gees Bend Quilts and the Art of Thornton Dial,” and “Bill Traylor: Drawings from the Collections of the High Museum of Art and the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts.” Both shows will remain on view through September 3, 2012.

Continuing Exhibitions:

“Accidental Genius: Art from the Anthony Petullo Collection” at the Milwaukee Art Museum through May 6, 2012. Order the catalog here.

“Bill Traylor: Drawings from the Collections of the High Museum of Art and the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts” at the High Museum, Atlanta, through May 13, 2012. Order the catalog here.

“Hard Truths: The Art of Thornton Dial” at the New Orleans Museum of Art through May 20, 2012. Order the catalog here.

“HEAVEN+HELL” at Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, Chicago, and the Loyola University Museum of Art, Chicago, through June 30, 2012.

“Thornton Dial: Thoughts on Paper” at the Ackland Art Museum, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, through July 1, 2012. Order the catalog here.

”Jubilation/Rumination: Life Real and Imagined” at the American Folk Art Museum, New York, through September 2, 2012.

“All Things Round: Galaxies, Eyeballs, and Karma” at the American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore, through September 2, 2012.

 

Foundation News:

The Foundation is currently hiring researchers to add information to our site. Interested? Email us at czimmerman@foundationstart.org.

As mentioned in our March newsletter, students in Professor Bernard Herman’s folk and outsider art seminar at UNC Chapel Hill have been working on artist biographies for the Foundation’s site. Look for new artist pages in the coming months courtesy of this talented group of students.

We are continuously adding new images and information to our site. Please contact the Foundation if you have images or information you are willing to share! And, as always, be sure to check our Facebook page for more frequent updates on self-taught artists, interesting exhibitions, and Foundation news.

March News and Updates

Posted on March 18, 2012 | Leave a comment

Thornton Dial / Lady Holds the Long Neck Bird /1991 / watercolor / 29 5/8 x 22 in. / Ackland Art Museum, Gift of the Souls Grown Deep Foundation

Now that the Foundation’s site is up and running, it’s time for us to start updating our blog! Each month, the Foundation will post an update on our efforts, and will provide information on some of the interesting happenings in the field.

Current Events and Exhibitions:

Accidental Genius: Art from the Anthony Petullo Collection” opened at the Milwaukee Art Museum in February. Featuring more than 200 works, the exhibition and catalog highlight both European and American self-taught masters, ranging from Henry Darger to Rosemary Koczy, and consider the place of outsider material in the museum. The show remains on view through May 6, 2012.

Bill Traylor: Drawings from the Collections of the High Museum of Art and the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts” is on view at the High Museum, Atlanta, through May 13, 2012. Featuring more than 60 drawings, the exhibition and catalog highlight the autobiographical aspects of Traylor’s work as well as his artistic techniques and materials.Bill Traylor in Montgomery,” a free symposium organized in conjunction with the exhibition and supported by the Alabama Humanities Foundation, will take place on Saturday, April 14, 2012, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts.

Thornton Dial: Thoughts on Paper” will be on view at the Ackland Art Museum, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, from March 30 through July 1, 2012. The exhibition, which is accompanied by a fully-illustrated catalog, features 50 of the artist’s earliest drawings from 1990-1991 and is the first museum exhibition dedicated to Dial’s works on paper.

Current gallery shows featuring the work of self-taught artists:

 

Foundation Updates:

Over the past few months, students in Professor Bernard Herman’s folk and outsider art seminar at UNC Chapel Hill have been working on artist biographies for the Foundation’s site. Look for new artist pages in the coming months courtesy of this talented group of students.

We are continuously adding new images and information to our site. Please contact the Foundation if you have images or information you are willing to share! And, as always, be sure to check our Facebook page for more frequent updates on self-taught artists, interesting exhibitions, and Foundation news.

Support the Foundation’s 2012 Initiatives!

Posted on December 7, 2011 | Leave a comment | Posted in: Foundation for Self-Taught Artists, Support, Website

(detail) Sister Gertrude Morgan / Angels Watching Over Me / 1970s / acrylic, tempera and ballpoint ink on paper / 14.5 x 17 in. / Collection of Gordon W. Bailey

Dear Readers and Supporters,

It has been a great year here at the Foundation! We’ve launched our online archive, revamped our long-term mission to establish ourselves as an educational resource for information on self-taught artists and their work, and have shared the work of remarkable artists with new audiences around the country and—thanks to our site—around the world.

We need your help for 2012. As a small non-profit, we rely on private donations to continue our education and research programs. Some of our upcoming initiatives include:

  • Expansion of our online archive to include even more images, essays, and study guides relating to both European and American self-taught artists
  • Educational collaborations with students from around the country, including a collaborative seminar with students at UNC Chapel Hill, a Philadelphia-based summer internship program, and the development of study guides for elementary school children
  • Public lectures and events, including scholarly presentations and film screenings

 

Please visit our Support page and consider making a tax-deductible contribution to the Foundation. And, of course, have a wonderful holiday season!

All my best,

Cara Zimmerman, Executive Director

 

 

All Folked Up at Andrew Edlin Gallery

Posted on November 1, 2011 | Leave a comment | Posted in: Eugene Von Bruenchenhein, Henry Darger, Martín Ramírez, Shows, Thornton Dial

Take a look at some great photos of Andrew Edlin Gallery’s latest show, All Folked Up, on view through November 12, 2011. The installation is lovely, and the exhibition includes works by well-known self-taught artists including Thornton Dial, Martín Ramírez, Eugene Von Bruenchenhein, and Henry Darger, among others.