American Memory: Recalling the Past in Folk Art

The World, March 24, 1832. Mary Hollister (1820 - ?) Watercolor and ink on paper. Museum purchase, N0005.2010

Folk artists express through their art the ordinary and extraordinary events that have shaped their lives and communities. Through the process of creating, folk artists make a permanent record of their cultural ideals, experiences, and community heritage. Today, these artworks serve as documents of American culture and the lives of the artists. We see in these objects a universal desire, conscious or not, to create a permanent statement of life, belief, and memory.