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Artist Judith McWillie To Speak at Wilson Library Feb. 24

Judith McWillieArt, Religion, and Power in the Global Countryside: A Talk by Judith McWillie
Thursday Feb. 24, 2011
11 a.m.
Wilson Special Collections Library, Pleasants Family Assembly Room
Free and open to the public
Information: Steve Weiss, Southern Folklife Collection, smweiss@email.unc.edu (919) 962-1345

On Feb. 24, Judith McWillie, professor emerita of drawing and painting at the Lamar Dodd School of Art of the University of Georgia, will give a talk on “vernacular” or “outsider” artists in the Wilson Special Collections Library at 11 a.m.

The discussion will focus on the converging and interrelated religious and aesthetic traditions of artists in Georgia, Alabama, and Tennessee and their counterparts in Cuba, Haiti, and South Africa.

McWillie holds a BFA from Memphis State University (now the University of Memphis) and an MFA from Ohio State University. Her paintings and photographs have been exhibited throughout the United States and Europe, including solo and group exhibitions at the Georgia Museum of Art, the New York State Museum, and Rutgers University, among others. She has written numerous essays on arts and culture, and is the co-author, with Grey Gundaker, of No Space Hidden: The Spirit of African American Yard Work (University of Tennessee Press, 2005), which won the Southern Anthropological Society’s James Mooney Award.

The event is sponsored by the Southern Folklife Collection in  Wilson Library, the Folklore Program in the Department of American Studies, and the Art Department.

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