The built environments of vernacular artists provide the basis for this international conference (taking place September 27-30, 2007 at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin) to advance the study, preservation, collecting, presentation, and understanding of artistic oeuvres, specifically visionary/folk art environments, initially envisioned by the maker as a comprehensive whole. For those with scholarly or personal interest in the genre known variously as folk/self-taught/visionary/outsider/intuitive art or "art brut," including curators, collectors, researchers, gallerists, etc. Co-hosted by the JMKAC and Kohler Foundation, Inc.
Presented concurently with the conference is a 16,000 square foot exhibition of works by 22 artist-environment builders, including Eugene Von Bruenchenhein, Tom Every,
Dr. Charles Smith, Nek Chand, Mary Nohl, Fred Smith, and Stella Waitzkin. Excursions to still-extant art environments in Wisconsin are an optional part of the conference. Visit our website for registration form, list of presenters and topics, event schedule, and costs.
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