American Southern States: 19th-21st Century Paintings


This section of the Traditional Fine Arts Organization (TFAO) catalogue Topics in American Art is devoted to the topic "American Southern States: 19th-21st Century Paintings." Articles and essays specific to this topic published in TFAO's Resource Library are listed at the beginning of the section. Clicking on titles takes readers directly to these articles and essays. The date at the end of each title is the Resource Library publication date.

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Articles and essays from Resource Library in chronological order:


Doesn't it ever rain in Alabama?": The Prints of Mary Wallace Kirk, essay by Stephen Goldfarb (8/16/14)

Dark Corners: The Appalachian Murder Ballads: Paintings by Julyan Davis (2/27/14)

Wonder and Enlightenment: Artist-Naturalists in the Early American South; article by Philip R. Archer and Martha R. Severens (2/25/12)

Eugene Savage: The Seminole Paintings (11/7/11)

Preservation of Place: The Art of Edward Rice (9/1/11)

Preservation of Place: The Art of Edward Rice; essay by David Houston (9/1/11)

Preservation of Place: The Art of Edward Rice; essay by Martha R. Severens (9/1/11)

Philip Juras: The Southern Frontier Landscapes Inspired by Bartram's Travels (6/3/11)

A Soldiers View of Civil War Charleston (5/18/11)

A Soldier's View of Civil War Charleston, article by Pamela S. Wall (5/18/11)



Helen M. Turner: The Woman's Point of View (11/18/10)

Shelter (7/9/09)

An American Celebration; article by Martha R. Severens (3/10/09)

Waterworks: 150 Years of Watercolor; article by Martha R. Severens (3/4/09)

Melting Pot: Art That Looks Like America; article by Martha R. Severens (3/4/09)

Southern Scene; article by Martha R. Severens (2/28/09)

The Southern Collection: A New Look at American Art History; article by Martha R. Severens (2/26/09)

Christopher Still: Coming Home (1/24/09)

The Legacy of Paul W. Whitener; article by Thomas R. Perryman (12/18/08)

Landscape of Slavery: The Plantation in American Art (6/19/08)

Landscape of Slavery: The Plantation in American Art (5/23/08)

Ecstasy: The Mystical Landscapes of Walter Anderson (5/13/08)

Notes on the 19th, 20th, and 21st Centuries: Paintings by Jeffrey Kronsnoble; essay by Jay Williams (5/13/08)

Notes on the 19th, 20th, and 21st Centuries: Paintings by Jeffrey Kronsnoble (5/12/08)

The American Scene and the South: Paintings and Works on Paper, 1930 - 1946; Introduction by Patricia E. Phagan (5/2/08)

The Mark B. Coplan Collection of Art at the South Carolina State Museum (12/13/07)

William Christenberry: Site/Possession (12/11/07)

The Charleston Renaissance; article by Martha R. Severens (7/3/07)

"A Lonely Soul": The Art of Edward Jennings (5/26/07)

Artists for Hire in Antebellum Columbus (4/9/07)

Horn Island: World of Space and Form (12/13/06)

The Spasm Between the Infinities (11/16/06)

The Life of Pierre Daura, essay by William M. S. Rasmussen (9/29/06)

Pierre Daura's Vision of Virginia (9/28/06)

Homegrown and Handmade II: The Natural World - Selected Works from the Huffman Collection of Southern Contemporary Folk and Outsider Art; essay by Charlotte V. Brown (9/7/06)

William Thomas Blackburn: An Artist Comes Home - His Story...; essay by Barry G. Huffman (9/7/06)

The Chattahoochee: A River of History (8/25/06)



Circle Dance: The Art of John T. Scott; essay by Richard J. Powell (5/16/05)

TOOLS OF HER MINISTRY: The Art of Sister Gertrude Morgan (11/26/04)

Collected Additions: The Morris Museum and Painting in the South; essay by Estill Curtis Pennington (8/19/04)

Common Ground: Discovering Community in 150 Years of Art -- Selections from the Collection of Julia J. Norrell (7/29/04)

Tales from the Easel: Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century American Narrative Paintings, circa 1800-1950 by Dr. Charles C. Eldredge (7/9/04)

Testimony: Vernacular Art of the African-American South (3/15/04)

Myths and Metaphors: The Art of Leo Twiggs (1/22/04)

The Gift of Sight: Eight Early Paintings by Frank Ruzicka (1/22/04)

Baby-Boom Daydreams: The Art of Douglas Bourgeois (12/29/03)

The Low Country: Paintings by Preston Russell (11/20/03)

Visualizing the Blues: Images of the American South (11/5/03)

"Anna's Eyes - The Story of Theo the Artist"; essay by Jim Kincaid (9/19/03)

The Highwaymen: Florida Dreamscapes (9/19/03)

"John A. O'connor: Conceptual Realism, Blackboards 1985-2003" and "Parlour Tricks: The Sculptures of Christopher Saucedo" (8/11/03)

Corrie McCallum: Take Note (7/23/03)

The Story of The South: Art and Culture, 1890-2003 (7/10/03)

Two Artists: Anthony Biladeau and Lucius Passavanti (7/9/03)

Endless Passage:  Edouard Duval-Carrié (7/3/03)

William Russell Briscoe (7/3/03)

Passing (3/27/03)

The Farmer/James Collection of Southern Art (1850-1950) (5/1/03)

Encounters: Carlton Nell, Jr. (5/1/03)

The Life of Reverend McKendree Robbins Long, essay by Brad Thomas (1/15/03)

Apocalypse South, essay by Charles Reagan Wilson (12/5/02)

Walter Inglis Anderson Centennial Traveling Exhibition: Everything I See Is New and Strange (11/5/02)

A Century of Progress: 20th Century Painting in Tennessee; essay by Celia Walker (7/9/02)

Lost Colony: The Artists of St. Augustine, 1930-1950; essay by Robert W. Torchia (6/4/02)

A Century of Progress: 20th Century Painting in Tennessee (5/15/02)

Charleston in My Time: The Paintings of West Fraser (4/3/02)

Then and Now: 1941-2001 (12/4/01)

Morgan Samuel Price: The Florida Paintings (1/12/01)

Nana Lampton: Travel Sketches and Paintings (1/10/01)

Carlton Nell (1/9/01)

Parasols and Palmettos: The Art of Mary Lane McMillan (1/8/01)

Click here for more articles and essays on this subject published in 1998-2000.


TFAO references:

A 11/29/13 search within TFAO's digital library retrieved:

1,170 pages referencing "Southern"


From other websites:

Betty Bivins Edwards: Retrospective, an exhibit held January 23 - April 26, 2015 at the Museum of Arts and Sciences, Macon. Accessed March, 2015.

Beverly Buchanan: Southern Vernacular, an exhibit held in 2014 at the Museum of Arts and Sciences, Macon. Accessed March, 2015.

Bill Rutherfoord: Allegory of No Region is a 2017 exhibit at the Polk Museum of Art which says: "The reclaimed character Brer Rabbit leads the viewer on an epic journey across three centuries of heroism and trickery, both comic and tragic, ultimately creating historical and contemporary allegories and conundrums that lead to an investigation of the very nature of identity, culture, and history - personal and public, regional and national, high and low." Also see press release and artist's website  Accessed 12/17

The Crossroads of Memory: Carroll Cloar and the American South was a 2014-15 exhibit at the Georgia Museum of Art. Accessed August, 2015. Also, an essay by Joshua Fisher, Arkansas Tech University, discusses the exhibit. Accessed 2/17

Fever Within: The Art of Ronald Lockett is a 2016-17 exhibit at the High Museum of Art, which says: "The art of Ronald Lockett (American, 1965-1998) is both deeply connected to his life in the American South and transcendently resonant with broader human experience. In visually arresting works assembled from found materials, Lockett used a symbolic cast of animal avatars to address themes of struggle, survival, and injustice that are powerfully relevant today." See overview and 6 min video by curators. Accessed 10/16

Going Home: Paintings by Anne Goldthwaite (1869-1944) was a 2016 exhibit at Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, which says: "Painter and printmaker Anne Goldthwaite was a native Montgomerian who spent the majority of her career in New York City. While she resided on East Tenth Street in Manhattan for most of the year, she valued her routine summertime visits to her family back home in Montgomery and the surrounding areas. During these visits she made drawings and paintings that reflected her love of her family home, the townscape, and the culture of the South." Also see Anne Goldthwaite from the Johnson Collection. Accessed 10/16

My Own Places: Paintings and Prints by Martha Kelly is a 2015-16 exhibit at the Dixon Gallery and Gardens which says: "Memphis native Martha Kelly is a painter, printmaker, and illustrator whose work celebrates the Southern landscape, particularly Memphis and the Mid-South.  Kelly's paintings of open fields, spreading skies, and dominating oaks are created with large, flat planes of color with special attention to shadow and light. Her vibrant palette and restrained brushwork are echoed in her woodblock and linoleum block prints, which are punctuated by pops of bright color." Also Isssuu excerpt from Hutchison Magazine 4/16 article and artist's website. Accessed 2/17

The WGBH/Boston Forum Network is an audio and video streaming web site dedicated to curating and serving live and on-demand lectures, including a number of videos on Art and Architecture. Partners include a number of museums, colleges, universities and other cultural organizations. See listings of related videos in this catalogue indexed by partner name. High Museum of Art partnered with Forum Network for Voice and Vision in Southern Self-Taught Art with discussion by Susan Crawley, curator, High Museum of Art, Carol Crown, assoc professor, art history, U Memphis, Charles Russell, assoc director, Rutgers Institute and Charles Reagan Wilson, director, Center for Southern Culture. (1 hour, 24 minutes) The High Museum's Susan Crawley, associate curator of folk art, moderates a panel discussion inspired by Carol Crown and Charles Russell's recent publication Sacred and Profane: Voice and Vision in Southern Self-Taught Art. Noted scholars discuss self-taught art in a cultural context. [April 12, 2007]. Accessed August, 2015.

The Johnson Collection website provides biographies of numerous historic Southern artists. Accessed August, 2015.

Paintings of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries: Overview from the New Georgia Encyclopedia, A project of the Georgia Humanities Council, in partnership with the University of Georgia Press, the University System of Georgia/GALILEO, the Office of the Governor, and the Georgia Department of Technical and Adult Education. Accessed August, 2015.

Painting the Southern Coast: The Art of West Fraser is a 2017 exhibit at the Gibbes Museum of Art which says: "An inveterate traveler, he has painted throughout the Caribbean, Central America, Europe, and Scandinavia. Yet his passion always draws him back to the marshes and landscape of the Georgia and South Carolina coast." Also see artist's website. Accessed 3/17

Prints and Drawings of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries: Overview from the New Georgia Encyclopedia. Accessed August, 2015.

Romantic Spirits: Nineteenth-century Paintings of the South from the Johnson Collection was a 2015-16 exhibit at the Columbus Museum, which says:"Thirty-eight landscape, history, genre, portrait, and still-life paintings, including works by Thomas Sully, Washington Allston, Charles Bird King, Junius Brutus Stearns, William Dickinson Washington, and Robert Walter Weir, will be on view in this major exhibition on loan from the Johnson Collection." Accessed 10/16

Romantic Spirits: Nineteenth-Century Paintings from the Johnson Collection was a 2014-15 exhibit at the Telfair Museum of Art. Includes online video narrated by Courtney McNeil. Accessed 10/16

Southern Accent: Seeking the American South in Contemporary Art is a 2016-17 exhibit at Nasher Museum of Art, co-organized by Trevor Schoonmaker, Chief Curator and Patsy R. and Raymond D. Nasher Curator of Contemporary Art at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, and Miranda Lash, Curator of Contemporary Art at the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Kentucky, which travels to the Speed Art Museum in 2017. NMA says: "This unprecedented exhibition addresses and complicates the many realities, fantasies and myths that have long captured the public's imagination about the American South. Presenting a wide range of perspectives, from both within and outside of the region, the exhibition creates a composite portrait of southern identity through the work of 60 artists. The art reflects upon and pulls apart the dynamic nature of the South's social, political and cultural landscape." The mini-site for the exhibit includes images of artworks, a reading list and resources; podcasts and more. Also see a September 24, 2016 review titled "'Southern Accent' Is a Revolutionary Exploded Diagram of Southern Identity in Contemporary Art" by Brian Howe at Accessed 10/16.



The South on Paper, By Estill Curtis Pennington, James C. Kelly. Published by Univ of South Carolina Press, 2000. ISBN 0963283634, 9780963283634. 155 pages. Google Books offers a limited preview of this book.


A potential source of Resource Library articles and essays is the North Carolina Arboretum, located in Asheville, North Carolina. The Arboretum features rotating exhibitions at the Baker Exhibit Center.


(above: Baker Exhibit Center, North Carolina Arboretum, May, 2015. Photo © John Hazeltine)


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