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Celebrates the lives & work of nearly 150 National Heritage Fellows, named since 1982 as exemplary practitioners of traditional folk arts. The Fellows are selected each year by the National Endowment for the Arts for their achievements in a wide variety of visual & performing folk arts. Published on the 10th anniversary of the National Heritage Fellowships, its 50 full-page color photos show the compelling, beautifully crafted objects made by the visual artists among the Fellows, while its B&W portraits & personal quotations capture the fascinating background & personalities of these people.
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The melting-pot image of America belies the crazy-quilt ethnic diversity that continues to flourish, as revealed in this folk sampler, the catalogue of a recent exhibition at Santa Fe's Museum of International Folk Art. A Pueblo potter, Creole and Appalachian fiddlers, a Czech American egg painter, African American tap dancers and singers, a Finnish-American accordionist, cowboy poets, Latino muralists and a Laotian-born shamanic dancer are among the nearly 150 folk artists and performers profiled. All of them were selected since 1982 as grant recipients of the National Endowment for the Arts' Folk Arts Program. In his celebration of multiculturalism, accompanied by 160 plates (50 in color), Siporin, a folklorist at Utah State University, interprets these vernacular artists as both innovators and conservers of tradition. The artists' own modest, moving statements reflect their commitment to forging a community-based aesthetic.
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Book Description Harry Abrams, Pub., 1992. Hardcover. Condition: Used: Good. First Edition. Seller Inventory # SONG0788163825