North Carolina Art History
with an emphasis on representational art
Resource Library essays listed by author name in alphabetical order, followed by articles:
Resource Library does not contain articles or essays dedicated specifically to North Carolina art. As of February 7, 2012 Resource Library does contain 345 pages including the state's name.
Museums and other non-profit sources of Resource Library articles and essays:
Appalachian State University - Catherine J. Smith Gallery
Asheville Art Museum
Davidson College Galleries
Duke University Museum of Art
Fayetteville Museum of Art
Hickory Museum of Art
Louise Wells Cameron Art Museum
Mint Museum of Art / Mint Museum of Craft+Design
North Carolina Museum of Art
North Carolina Museum of History
Reynolda House Museum of American Art
Weatherspoon Art Museum
Other online information:
An Almost Lost Colony, Tryon's early-1900s artist enclave claims its rightful place in history - from GulfStream Communications
Decoy Carving from Core Sound Waterfowl Museum & Heritage Center
North Carolina Women Artists' Archives at the Sloane Art Library, University of North Carolina
Tryon Artists: 1892 - 1942 from Condar Press
Western North Carolina Artists & Illustrators to 1950 from State Library of North Carolina. Accessed 2/9/13
Books, listed by year of publication, with most recently published book listed first:
The Remarkable Potters of Seagrove: The Folk Pottery of a Legendary North Carolina Community (A Lark Ceramics Book), by Charlotte V. Brown. 144 pages. Publisher: Lark Books (August 1, 2006). ISBN-10: 1579906346. ISBN-13: 978-1579906344
The Potter's Eye: Art and Tradition in North Carolina Pottery, by Mark Hewitt (Author), Nancy Sweezy (Author). 296 pages. Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press (October 27, 2005). ISBN-10: 0807829927. ISBN-13: 978-0807829929. Product Description: "Classic North Carolina stoneware pots--with their rich textures, monochromatic glazes, and minimal decoration--belong to one of America's most revered stoneware pottery traditions. In a lavishly illustrated celebration of that tradition, Mark Hewitt and Nancy Sweezy trace the history of North Carolina pottery from the nineteenth century to the present day. They demonstrate the intriguing historic and aesthetic relationships that link pots produced in North Carolina to pottery traditions in Europe and Asia, in New England, and in the neighboring state of South Carolina. With hundreds of color photographs highlighting the shapes and surfaces of carefully selected pots, The Potter's Eye honors the keen focus vernacular potters bring to their materials, tools, techniques, and history. It is an evocative guide for anyone interested in the art of North Carolina pottery and the aesthetic majesty of this resilient and long-standing tradition." text courtesy of Amazon.com
The Craft Heritage Trails of Western North Carolina, 3rd Edition, by Jay Fields (Author), Betty Hurst (Author). 237 pages. Publisher: HandMade in America, Inc. (May 1, 2003). ISBN-10: 0965190544. ISBN-13: 978-0965190541
North Carolina Art Pottery Identification and Value Guide, by A. Everette James Jr. (Author), Everette James (Author), Rodney L. Leftwich (Author), Charlotte Brown (Foreword), Heather Warren (Designer). 256 pages. Publisher: Collector Books (January 2003). ISBN-10: 1574323083. ISBN-13: 978-1574323085. Product Description: "Pottery from the Catawba Valley, mountain pottery of Western North Carolina, the Coles, Nell Cole Graves, the Cravens, Jugtown, M.L. Owen, and even rare and unusual pieces are discussed. Signs, stamps, shapes, and symbols used are given coverage, as well as the implications of condition of the pottery. Family tree charts in this book are reprinted from The Traditional Potters of Seagrove, NC, copyright 1994, Robert C. Lock, Inc. AUTHORBIO: Everette James is an honors graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Duke Medical School, and the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. He taught at Harvard, Johns Hopkins, University College (London), and Vanderbilt. He has published over 500 articles and 20 books including: American Art: Thoughts of a Collector; Essays in Folk Art; Tales of the Dismal Swamp; and North Carolina Art Pottery 1900-1960. Dr. James and wife, Dr. Nancy Farmer, live in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. REVIEW: Collectors have been waiting for a complete guide to the pottery native to the beautiful state of North Carolina, and this book provides a thorough look at the challenge of collecting these delightful pieces. The transition from utilitarian to art pottery is discussed, as well as pottery from Western North Carolina, Nell Cole Graves, M.L. Owen, and much more. No other book on the market can touch this one; it's the most in-depth volume available on the subject." text courtesy of Amazon.com
Artisans in the North Carolina Backcountry. by Lewis, Johanna Miller. 1995. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky. 240 pp.
Innovations in Clay: Catawba Valley Pottery: October 10, 1987-January 17, 1988, by Hickory Museum of Art. Published by Hickory Museum of Art. 32 pages
Windows to the Past: Primitive Watercolors from Guilford County, North Carolina in the 1820s, By Karen Cobb Carroll, Laurinda Richardson Carlson Gallery, Laurinda Richardson Carlson Gallery, Greensboro Historical Museum, Greensboro Historical Museum. Published by Greensboro Historical Museum, 1983. 58 pages
Two Hundred Years of the Visual Arts in North Carolina: Catalog of an Exhibition 12 September-24 October 1976, by North Carolina Museum of Art, North Carolina Museum of Art. Published by North Carolina Museum of Art, 1976. ISBN 0882590839, 9780882590837. 146 pages
Two Centuries of Art in New Hanover County, By Crockette W. Hewlett. Published by Moore, Pub. Co., 1976. ISBN 0877160651, 9780877160656. 329 pages
Art in North Carolina; episodes and developments, 1585-1970, By Ola Maie Foushee. 1972. 238 pages
Two Centuries of Art in New Hanover County, by Crockette W. Hewlett. Published by Moore, Pub. Co., 1976. ISBN 0877160651, 9780877160656. 329 pages
The Arts and Crafts in North Carolina, by Craig, James H. Winston - Salem, North Carolina: Old Salem, Inc., 1965: 480 pages.
The North Carolina Portrait Index, 1700-1860, By National Society of the Colonial Dames of America North Carolina, Laura MacMillan. Compiled by Laura MacMillan. Published by University of North Carolina Press, 1963. 272 pages
Some Recent Contributors of the Cherokee Indians of North Carolina to the crafts of the Southern Highlands, by Arnold, Dorothy Andora Knoxville, TN: The University of Tennessee, 1952 (Graduate Thesis).
Cheek, Pauline Binkley. 1997. "The Hooked Rug Workers of Madison County, North Carolina: A Narrative Record"[1930s and 40s; interviews]. In May We All Remember Well: A Journal of the History & Cultures of Western North Carolina, Vol. 1, ed. R. S. Brunk, 8-35. Asheville, N.C.: Robert S. Brunk Auction Services Inc.
Leftwich, Rodney Henderson. 2001"The Nonconnah Pottery of Tennessee and Western North Carolina: 1904-1918".[later Pisgah Forest Pottery]. In May We All Remember Well: A Journal of the History & Cultures of Western North Carolina, Vol. 2, ed. R. S. Brunk, 70-90. Asheville, N.C.: Robert S. Brunk Auction Services, Inc.
Matheny, Paul. 2001. "Face Vessels and Contemporary South Carolina Folk Pottery"[face jugs; Spartanburg and Greenville Cos., S.C.]. North Carolina Folklore Journal 48 (Spring/Summer-Fall/Winter): 22-27.
Taylor, Terry B. 1997. " Sunset Mountain Pottery" [1929-1935]. In May We All Remember Well: A Journal of the History & Cultures of Western North Carolina, Vol. 1, ed. R. S. Brunk, 50-62. Asheville, N.C.: Robert S. Brunk Auction Services Inc.
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