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Folk Art: Eclectic Expressions from the Collection

Folk Art: Eclectic Expressions from the Collection has been curated from HMA’s 200 works by self-taught artists and includes paintings, drawings, sculptures, textiles, and examples of vernacular furniture – most created in Kentucky and West Virginia.

START | July 1, 2023

END | September 24, 2023

Howard Finster (American, 1916-2001), Eli Whitney: Building Trussels Around Our Early Inventors, 1981. Paint on wood. Museum purchase and partial gift of Larry Hackley; 2003.5. Photo by John Spurlock.


“It’s going to be the summer of folk art at the Huntington Museum of Art,” said HMA Senior Curator/Exhibition Designer John Farley. “This exhibit of folk art from our permanent collection includes standout examples by Dilmus Hall and Howard Finster, among others. This overview of folk art will serve as an anchor to two additional folk art exhibits also scheduled for this summer at HMA, highlighting the work of Minnie Adkins and Mike Norris as well as Earl Gray.”

“This exhibition reminds us that living creatively and expressively is not reserved for those with specialized artistic training or academic education,” Farley said. “Making things with our hands, our hearts, and our minds is the province of all people.”

This exhibit is presented with support from the City of Huntington Mayor’s Council for the Arts.

This exhibit is presented with support from The Isabelle Gwynn and Robert Daine Exhibition Endowment.

This program is presented with financial assistance from the West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History, and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts.
Header: Emil Carlsen (American, b. Denmark, 1853-1932), Detail of The Heavens Are Telling, ca. 1918. Oil on canvas. Gift of Ruth Woods Dayton, 1967.1.47. Photo by John Spurlock. This artwork is featured in The Daywood Collection: Paintings & Sculptures exhibit through February, 11, 2024.