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Dr. Charles Smith’s African-American Heritage Museum and Black Veterans Archives

709 E. Louisiana Ave Hammond, LA Built: 1986 – 2001 (Aurora, IL) 2002 – Current (Hammond, LA) In 2000, when heading to New Orleans for his home in Aurora, IL, Vietnam veteran Dr. Charles Smith stopped in Hammond, LA for a meal. He discovered a…

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Cop Art, sketch artist turned folk artist

Kevin Blythe Sampson 1954- Newark, NJ Mixed Media artist Of the many occupations from which grassroots artists tend to come, police officer is pretty rare. Kevin was a New Jersey cop and sketch artist, whose wife and infant son died unexpectedly, in separate illnesses. Art…

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Jungle Woman Tames James Harold Jennings

James Harold Jennings April 20, 1930 — April 20, 1999 Pinnacle, NC Folk art environment, Painter After dropping out of school in the fifth grade and being home schooled by his mother, a teacher herself, James Harold Jennings grew to love words and eventually more…

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The Amazing Eliphante

Eliphante – Mike Kahn and Leda Livant Dates unknown Cornville, AZ Sculptural and  environment Built: 1980’s-present Located south of Sedona, near the town of Cornville, Arizona, Eliphante is a mesmerizing sculptural and architectural environment created over the past 20 years by artists Mike Kahn and…

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Fantastic mechanical art in an old ice cream shop – Paul Boyer's Gallery

Boyer Museum – Paul Boyer 1930 — Belleville, KS Mechanical sculptures Mechanical sculptor Paul Boyer was born in 1930, in Aurora, Kansas. He has no formal training in art or engineering, in fact he only has a 4th grade education, although he claims an 8th…

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A garden of goat-getting political satire – MT Liggett’s art field

Art Field – Myron “M.T.” Liggett 1930 — August 17, 2017 Mullinville, KS Sculpture environment Built: 1989-2016 “I say what I want to say, and I piss a lot of people off.” M. T. Liggett was born into a sharecropping family in tiny Mullinville, Kansas…

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Purvis Young — the Artist of Overtown

Purvis Young February 4, 1942 – April 20, 2010 Fort Lauderdale, FL Paintings “I paint what I see, I paint the problems of the world.” “When I was in my cell one night, I woke up and angels came to me and I told ’em,…

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THE 20th century folk artist – Howard Finster, man of vision

Reverend Howard Finster – Paradise Gardens 1916 — 2001 Summerville, GA Environment In disrepair “Well, as far as I’m concerned, I’m not here to live a normal life.  I’m sent here on a mission… I came here as a man of visions.” — Howard Finster,…

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Sweet mud and house paint — Jimmy Lee Sudduth

Jimmy Lee Sudduth March 10, 1910 – September 2, 2007 Fayette, AL Painter “I’m gonna be fay-mous, fay-mous!  I didn’t learn much in school—Just learned to write my name—Jim.  But I believe I’d rather be famous, than rich or smart.”  “I leave the drips so…

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‘Haint Right — Sulton Rogers

Taught wood carving by his father at age 13, Sulton Rogers’ fanciful figures were based on folks he met in his travels and animals inspired by his dreams. He worked for a number of years in Syracuse NY before he moved back to his hometown of Oxford.

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