MIRACLES OF THE SPIRIT; FOLK, ART, AND STORIES FROM WISCONSIN.

Krug, Don and Ann Parker. Roger Cardinal (Foreword).

Published by Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi, 2005.
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First edition (as stated upon copyright page). xxvi, 315 pages. Hardcover; H 26.25cm x L 21cm. Dust jacket lightly rubbed, light bumping at heads of flap folds. Black cloth with vibrant gilt stamped spine lettering, top board corners bumped. A very good+ copy in a very good+ dust jacket. With frontispiece, Foreword by Roger Cardinal, Introduction, 30 color and 188 b/w photographs, Bibliography, and Index. Features interviews with 26 Wisconsin folk artists divided into sections titled: "Eastern Wisconsin;" "Central Wisconsin;" "Western Wisconsin;" and "Northern Wisconsin;" plus three concluding sections "The Life of Ideas;" Miracles of the Spirit of Art;" and "Artistic Individualism in the United States and Europe." Please note that this large book has an approximate shipping weight of 4.25 pounds (1.9 kg) and will require additional postage for any postal class other than domestic Media Mail. ISBN 1578067537. Bookseller Inventory #

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Travelers to Wisconsin discover a tremendous heritage of art traditions including sacred grottoes, yard environments, and enticing pri-vate spaces. In the land of the cheesehead, a giant fiberglass muskie, a statue of E.T., and scrap metal dinosaurs beckon from the roadside.

From 1991 to 2000, Don Krug and Ann Parker traveled throughout Wisconsin's urban areas, small towns, and rural communities, talking with artists who created outside the mainstream of university and museum art worlds. Some of the individuals profiled in this book have begun to receive recognition as artists far outside of the state. However, for many, this will be their first introduction to the general public.

Featuring 30 color and 188 black-and-white photographs, the book is organized geographically into eastern, central, western, and northern regions of the state. Each regional division begins with a descriptive tour of the land, the life, and the art that characterize the richness of Wisconsin's cultural landscape. Each section also includes artists' narratives, twenty-six in all, transcribed from interviews Krug and Parker conducted in their travels. Here the artists speak for themselves, relating how they began making art, and how, through art, their interests, values, and personal fulfillment are all interwoven.

Idiosyncratic makers of art are too often misrepresented as if their practices arise out of some inherent, spontaneous, or accidental creativity. This book seeks to challenge these assumptions. In the final two chapters the authors place Wisconsin's abundance of visual culture into regional, national, and international contexts.

Don Krug, Vancouver, British Columbia, is an associate professor of curriculum studies at the University of British Columbia. Ann Parker, Baraboo, Wisconsin, is an elementary art teacher, artist, and photographer.

See more at www.miraclesofthespirit.com.

From the Publisher: This colorfully illustrated survey

*Highlights the many wonders of Wisconsin's visual culture traditions

*Provides a statewide survey of folk art

*Features the artists telling their stories in their own words

*Features 30 color and 188 b&w photographs of the artists’ works

*Can be used as a guidebook to the contemporary folk art of Wisconsin

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Title: MIRACLES OF THE SPIRIT; FOLK, ART, AND ...
Publisher: Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi, 2005.

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