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Spiritual Art

Minnie Evans (American, 1892–1987), Untitled, 1946–1968, pencil, ink, crayon, and oil on paperboard, purchase through funds provided by an anonymous donor to Collectors Evening 2011, 2011.4.

Biblical scenes and verses abound in the work of artists such as Howard Finster, Elijah Pierce, and Sister Gertrude Morgan, who used their work to preach the Christian gospel. Other artists, including William Edmondson and Minnie Evans, did not always include obvious religious imagery in their work, but they nonetheless created spiritual art that embodied their visionary encounters with a higher power.

Katherine “Katie” Jentleson

Katherine Jentleson

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