American Folk Art Museum
Artstor has collaborated with the American Folk Art Museum to share approximately 1,500 images of traditional folk art and works by contemporary self-taught artists (sometimes referred to as "outsider art") from the museum's permanent collection in the Digital Library. The museum's holdings comprise more than 5,000 works created by American and international artists from the 18th century to the present. Artstor is presenting a selection of objects in a variety of media, including paintings, works on paper, sculpture, trade figures, signs, weathervanes, furniture, ceramics, needleworks, rugs, quilts, and coverlets. Notable early American folk artists such as John Blunt, Erastus Salisbury Field, Edward Hicks, Jacob Maentel, Ammi Phillips, and William Matthew Prior are included in the selection. Also represented are 20th- and 21st-century self-taught artists from around the world, including Nek Chand, Henry Darger, Howard Finster, Bessie Harvey, Martín Ramírez, Bill Traylor, and Adolf Wölfli.
Established in 1961, the American Folk Art Museum is the premier institution devoted to the aesthetic appreciation of traditional folk art and creative expressions of contemporary self-taught artists from the United States and abroad. Its digital image collection includes more than 5000 high-resolution images of artworks spanning three centuries of American and global visual expression, from compelling portraits and dazzling quilts to powerful works by 20th- and 21st-century self-taught artists in a variety of mediums. The museum preserves, conserves, and interprets a comprehensive collection of the highest quality, with objects dating from the 18th century to the present. It also serves as an important source of information and scholarship in the field and is committed to making the study of folk art a vital part of the curriculum for school audiences. The very idea that folk art and the work of self-taught artists can be studied and appreciated as art rather than as material culture or historical or ethnographic artifact is a result of the growing influence of modernism as a movement within the history of art.