The Original Makers: Stitching a Legacy

The quilts in The Original Makers: Folk Art from the Cargo Collection illustrate important movements and moments in Alabama quilt history and how the work of these artists has driven a deep interest in the quilters of our state. They are by black and white makers, many of whom are unidentified. Most date primarily (though […]

An Original Maker: S.L. Jones

This image of two musicians was created by Shields Landon “S.L.” Jones, an artist from West Virginia. Jones, who was born in 1901, grew up in the rural Southern Appalachians where his family farmed. He left school in eighth grade to join the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad, where he worked for 50 years.   Upon […]

Cotton Pickers With Black Wagon

Slow food, slow living, slow… art? Unlock the secrets of works in the Museum’s collection by cultivating the art of looking slowly. Our docents ask and answer questions to help guide your slow art experience and foster conversation. Leave the Museum feeling inspired- not tired!

This Sunday, Master Docent Caroline Wingate will lead a discussion on Cotton Pickers With Black Wagon by Jimmy Lee Sudduth from The Original Makers exhibition.

What is Folk Art?

What is Folk Art? The term has meant different things over time, and many scholars have written about the problems with this catch-all category. It has referred to craft traditions passed down through generations within communities. It has sometimes referred to artists without formal education or artistic training, and those who create outside of the […]

The Original Makers: Folk Art from the Cargo Collection

In commemoration of Alabama’s bicentennial, the Birmingham Museum of Art is proud to present The Original Makers: Folk Art from the Cargo Collection, an exhibition featuring more than 175 outstanding works of folk art from the Museum’s permanent collection.