Annie Tolliver carries on the family tradition

Annie Mural Tolliver

March 20,1950 —
Montgomery, AL
Painting (oil or water-based)

Annie Tolliver was born on March 20, 1950 in Montgomery, Alabama. Annie is the daughter of the preeminent folk artist, Mose Tolliver and Willie Mae Tolliver. She watched her father draw and paint as a child as he encouraged his family to paint. She dropped out of school in the ninth grade. Soon after she left school, she married artist L.W. Crawford and raised three children. Annie worked cleaning houses, hospitals, restaurants and motels.

Annie’s paintings were sold as Mose T’s work until the fall of 1990, when someone said they would buy her paintings if she signed them as her own. She is now doing very well as an independent artist and continues to paint full-time.

Annie Tolliver’s work is included in the collections of the New Orleans Museum of Art, the Strombecker Corporation in Illinois and the House of Blues. She is one of 12 artists selected for the exhibition Voices Rising: Alabama Women at the Millennium, organized in 2000 as the state showcase at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C.

(Photos © Copyright 2006-2013 Kelly Ludwig, all rights reserved)

Bibliography & Links:

On DVD – Rare Visions and Roadside Revelations, “Southern Flavor”, KCPT, Kansas City Public Television, 1999-2001.

“20th Century American Folk, Self Taught, and Outsider Art” by Betty-Carol Sellen, Cynthia J. Johnson, Neal-Schuman Publishers, New York, 1993.

“American Self-Taught Art: An Illustrated Analysis of 20th Century Artists and Trends with 1,319 Capsule Biographies” by Florence Laffal and Julius Laffal, 2003.

“Contemporary American Folk Art  – A Collector’s Guide”  Chuck and Jan Rosenak, Abbeville Press, 1996.

“Let it Shine: Self-Taught Art from the T. Marshall Hahn Collection”  by Lynne E. Spriggs, Joanne Cubbs, Lynda Roscoe Hartigan, Susan Mitchell Crawley, Michael E. Shapiro and Peter Harholdt, organized by the High Museum of Art, 2001.

“Rare Visions and Roadside Revelations Coast to Coast Travel-o-Pedia” by Randy Mason, et. al., Kansas City Star Books, 2009.

“Self Taught, Outsider, and Folk Art—A guide to American Artists, Locations and Resources” by Betty-Carol Sellen with Cynthia J. Johnson, McFarland & Company, 2000.