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Art Environments

James Harold Jennings (American, 1931–1999), Amazon Women, 1980s, paint on wood, gift of Phil and Lisa Gilbert, 2016.541.

Many self-taught artists displayed their work in a dynamic fashion that is difficult to replicate in a museum. They made all-encompassing “environments” by presenting their work densely and intentionally in their homes and yards, creating installations that powerfully expressed their worldviews. The High has many objects that were once a part of these larger immersive experiences.

Katherine “Katie” Jentleson

Katherine Jentleson

Senior Curator of American Art and
Merrie and Dan Boone Curator of Folk and Self-Taught Art