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John Kane painting of a scene from the Scottish Highlands.

Event Details

October 14–November 4, 2021
Every Thursday
1:00 pm –2:30 pm


Members: $200
Not-Yet-Members: $250


High Museum of Art
Lecture Room, Education Center

Event Description

This multiweek course, led by Katherine Jentleson, Merrie and Dan Boone Curator of Folk and Self-Taught Art, will explore the High’s Folk and Self-Taught Art collection as well as two major exhibitions, Gatecrashers: The Rise of the Self-Taught Artist in America and Really Free: The Radical Art of Nellie Mae Rowe. This course takes places on Thursdays and will include three sessions on site in the High’s galleries and education lecture room, as well one off-site visit with an artist in the Atlanta area.

Please note: Because this class will include a visit with an artist off site, for the health and safety of all involved, proof of vaccination is required to attend this class. All participants will be asked to present a physical vaccination card, a photo of a physical card, or a digital confirmation of vaccination on the first day of class. In accordance with these protocols, all guests must also present a government-issued photo ID such as a driver’s license or passport.

The only exception will be for those who need reasonable accommodations due to a medical condition or sincerely held religious belief that prevents vaccination. Those who need reasonable accommodations must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within the 72 hours prior to each class or a negative COVID-19 antigen test taken within 6 hours of each class start time. Class takes place on October 14, 21, 28, and November 4.

Headshot of curator Katherine Jentleson.

Katherine “Katie” Jentleson, PhD, joined the High Museum of Art in September 2015 as the Merrie and Dan Boone Curator of Folk and Self-Taught Art. Before she became a curator, Dr. Jentleson worked as an arts journalist in New York. Through her editorial assignments and general experiences at galleries and museums there, she discovered her passion for self-taught artists and their historical legacy in the United States. In 2010, she began her graduate studies in art history at Duke University, where she focused her research on how self-taught artists first “crashed the gates” of the mainstream art world after World War I. Since joining the High, she has overseen more than half a dozen exhibitions, including most recently Gatecrashers: The Rise of the Self-Taught Artist in America and Really Free: The Radical Art of Nellie Mae Rowe. Under her leadership, the collection has grown by more than five hundred objects, including major acquisitions of work by Thornton Dial, Lonnie Holley, the Gee’s Bend quilters, and Henry Church, many of which debuted in the newly expanded and thematically integrated Folk and Self-Taught Art galleries, which opened to the public as part of the Museum’s 2018 reinstallation.

For more information, please email lifelonglearning@high.org or call 404-733-5051.

Banner Image: John Kane (American, born Scotland, 1860–1934), Scene From The Scottish Highlands, ca. 1927, oil on canvas, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, gift of G. David Thompson.