Works by self-taught artists (also referred to as folk art, vernacular art and outsider art) are a recent emphasis of the Georgia Museum of Art’s collecting philosophy. Major gifts by collectors Gordon W. Bailey, Carl Mullis and Ronald and June Shelp have included works by Minnie Adkins, Andrea Badami, Thornton Dial, Howard Finster, Denzil Goodpaster, Joe Light, Charlie Lucas, R.A. Miller, Royal Robertson, Sulton Rogers, O.L. Samuels, Mary T. Smith, Mose Tolliver and Purvis Young. These works have served as the basis of several exhibitions with accompanying award-winning publications, including “Amazing Grace: Self-Taught Artists from the Mullis Collection” and “Lord Love You: Works by R.A. Miller from the Mullis Collection.” Several large works are on display in the museum’s permanent collection galleries.
For more information about works by self-taught artists in the collection, contact Sarah Kate Gillespie, curator of American art.