Sat, 07/25/2015 – Sun, 10/11/2015

Rodale, Scheller, and Fowler Galleries

A Shared Legacy: Folk Art in America offered a stunning presentation of American folk art made primarily in rural areas of New England, the Midwest, and the South between 1800 and 1920. More than sixty works of art, including still life, landscape, allegorical, and portrait paintings, commercial and highly personal sculpture, and distinctive examples of art from the German American community exemplified the breadth of American creative expression by individuals who did not always adhere to the academic models that established artistic taste in urban centers of the east coast.

A Shared Legacy: Folk Art In America was drawn from the Barbara L. Gordon Collection and was organized and circulated by Art Services International, Alexandria, Virginia. It was supported by Nancy Light, the Amaranth Foundation, the Estelle Browne-Pallrand Charitable Trust, Beall Fowler, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the members and Trustees of the Museum. Special thanks to Duggan & Marcon, and to the American Folk Art Museum, and Stacy Hollander in particular, for contributions to this exhibition.

The Peaceable Kingdom with the Leopard of Serenity, attributed to Edward Hicks (1780–1849), 1835-1840, oil on canvas. Courtesy of the Barbara L. Gordon Collection

Chest, unidentified artist, 1815-1825, tulip poplar, white pine, brass, iron, and paint

Box, unidentified artist, 1800-1820, white pine, paint, and iron

Featured image: Elephant Carousel Figure, attributed to shop of Charles I. D. Looff (1852–1918), c. 1882, basswood and paint. Courtesy of the Barbara L. Gordon Collection