Alanna Ford

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Surreal Recovery through Art: A Conversation with Jon and Melissa Meadows

Jon Meadows never considered himself an artist. It wasn’t until 2013, when he returned to the US from serving in Iraq and Afghanistan that he decided to give a ceramics class a try. For some time, Jon had gone past the art workshops offered at the USO Warrior and Family Center at Fort Belvoir. One […]

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Mingering Mike: A Little-Known Soul Superstar

Just after dawn at a flea market in 2003, Dori Hadar, a Washington-based criminal investigator and soul record aficionado, was digging through crates in search for rare finds to add to his 10,000 piece record collection when he came across an assortment of over 100 records by a soul superstar he had never heard of: […]

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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 […]