February 24, 2012

Experience masterworks representing traditional arts and contemporary crafts of the Southeastern United States.  Tradition/InnovationAmerican Masterpieces of Southern Craft & Traditional Art features 30 master craftspeople and traditional artists who work in a variety of media:  fabrics, glass, baskets, ceramics, metals, wood and paper.


Nicario Jimenez The Mask Maker Workshop


An audio tour of the galleries allows the visitor to hear the stories and voices of the mastercraftsmen.  Some. like Darryl Montana whose Mardi Gras Indian Chief Suit is seen at left, continue the ongoing tradition with a mastery of the process and materials that invites a deeper appreciation of their craft. Others, like Julia Woodman, use established materials, techniques, or processes as a springboard for innovation and the starting point for advancing their own ideas about what art is in our restless, contemporary world. 


 Julia Woodson,  Immaculate Egg Tea Service

South Arts' Exhibits Program is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.