Southern Self Taught Artists
Selections from the Caldwell Collection
Now On Display in Cannon Hall
Open Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-4pm
Admission is Free
Opening Reception- March 18th at 6:30pm
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Dr. Benjamin Caldwell, Jr. and Mrs. Gertrude Caldwell née Sharp generously donated the collection to the Arts Center of Cannon County in 2005. The Caldwells have collected art for more than forty years. Mrs.Caldwell says about collecting art, “I am attracted to art immediately for some reason, either the color, the form or action...As we began to go places and meet the artists, I came to love the people.” The collection includes numerous internationally recognized self taught and outsider artists from the south, including works by Mose Tolliver, Jimmie Lee Sudduth, Bessie Harvey, and Homer Green.
About Cannon Hall
Cannon Hall at the Arts Center of Cannon County is a museum space dedicated to Self-Taught, Outsider, and Folk artists from around the Southern United States. The unique collection comprised of hundreds of works from internationally recognized artists is a unique visual experience. The works range from beautiful white oak baskets and whimsical sculptures to emotionally charged paintings and drawings. The diversity of subjects, tones, and styles create an engaging space in which to see the world through a variety of eyes that challenge us to reexamine and rediscover the world around us.
What is Self-Taught Art, Outsider Art, and Folk Art?
The labels Self-taught, Outsider, and Folk art are not titles self-imposed by the artist. The labels were developed over the past 100 years to categorize the artists by their life and not necessarily by style. Self-taught artists are artists who have had little to no professional training. They are artists who learned by doing. Outsider artists generally are those who are institutionalized, or marginalized members of society who are faced with severe to chronic mental illness. Folk Art is usually practical in its creation; for example, chair makers or basket weavers are folk artists.
Cannon Hall is also available for event rentals and is the perfect space for accommodating wedding receptions, school or corporate banquets, and more. Visit our Facility Rental page for more information and pricing.