High Museum of Art

Photo by Travis Dove, courtesy of High Museum.

Katherine Jentleson (PhD, 2015), the High Museum of Art’s Merrie and Dan Boone Curator of Folk and Self-Taught Art, was featured in an article in ARTSATL, “The High Museum of Art receives a gift of 47 works by self-taught Southern artists.” It discussed a recent gift made by Gordon W. Bailey to the High Museum of Art and Jentleson’s curatorial role in reviving the museum’s folk and self-taught art department.  The article notes that “Its folk and self-taught collection—now numbering more than 900 pieces and widely considered one of the most significant among public institutions internationally —boasts a particularly strong representation of works from the South, a region fertile in vernacular expressions.”

For her first exhibition at the High Museum, Jentleson curated A Cut Above: Wood Sculpture from the Gordon W. Bailey Collection, which she says “will give our audiences an unprecedented opportunity to consider how self-taught artists respond to a varied material like wood, creating majestic works of art that range from relief carving to root sculpture.”