Category Archives: Art Curator
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Constellations of Art Telling the Story of America: A Conversation with Leslie Umberger

Leslie Umberger, Curator of Folk and Self-taught Art at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C., has been interested in art and history for as long as she can remember. While attending the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, she became critical of the established art world’s emphasis on the achievement of commercial […]


A Visit to A Shared Legacy: Folk Art in America

On a visit to The American Folk Art Museum and the exhibit, A Shared Legacy: Folk Art in America, I had the unique opportunity to meet Stacy Hollander, the Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs, Chief Curator and Director of Exhibitions. A self-proclaimed “lifer” at the museum, she has had a foot in its involvement and […]

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American Visionary Art Museum Profile with Rebecca Hoffberger

Rebecca Hoffberger, the founding director of the American Visionary Art Museum, confesses that she isn’t all that interested in art. At least, she’s not interested in art as it is conventionally discussed as a commodity, an artifact to covet by collectors who follow the art market. Instead, she’s drawn to the people who make the […]


Collective Soul: Chicago Tribute to Outsider Art

An art school background or an expensive studio are not prerequisites to being a great artist. That’s the attitude of Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, who used the fall 2014 season to exhibit the best work from Chicago artists with ordinary backgrounds and extraordinary inspiration in their “Collective Soul” exhibit. Founded in […]


“Coming Out of Somebody’s Hell”: Greg Bottoms and The Art of American Trash

In February of 1992, Greg Bottoms’ older brother, Michael, who suffered from schizophrenia, drizzled gasoline in the hallway of his family’s home in Tidewater, Virginia. His mother, his father, and his youngest brother were sleeping. Mr. Bottoms, age twenty-one at the time, had already moved out. When the floor was covered, Michael lit a match, […]


Sitting Down With Suzanne Isken of Craft And Folk Art Musuem

Three and a half years ago, when Suzanne Isken took over as the Executive Director of Los Angeles’ Craft and Folk Art Museum, she wasn’t trying to make history. In fact, she was trying not to. “I really don’t believe that [creating art history] is our mission. The Craft and Folk Art Museum is not […]