American Folk Art Museum

Ammi Phillips, Girl in Red Dress with Cat and Dog, 1830-1835. American Folk Art Museum; folkartmuseum.org

The American Folk Art Museum has contributed more than 1,500 images of traditional art and works by contemporary self-taught artists from its permanent collection to the Artstor Digital Library. 

The museum's holdings comprise more than 7,000 works created by American and international artists from the 18th century to the present. Artstor presents a varied selection including paintings, works on paper, sculpture, trade figures, signs, weathervanes, furniture, ceramics, needleworks, rugs, quilts, and coverlets. Notable early American folk artists such as John Blunt, Erastus Salisbury Field, Edward Hicks, Jacob Maentel, Ammi Phillips, and William Matthew Prior are included. The work of 20th-21st-century self-taught artists (sometimes referred to as "outsider art") from around the world is also presented, including Nek Chand, Henry Darger, Howard Finster, Bessie Harvey, Martín Ramírez, Bill Traylor, and Adolf Wölfli.

Established in 1961, the American Folk Art Museum is the premier institution devoted to the aesthetic appreciation of traditional art and contemporary self-taught artists from the United States and abroad. The museum preserves, conserves, and interprets a comprehensive collection of the highest quality. It also serves as an important source of information and scholarship in the field and is committed to making the study of folk art a vital part of the curriculum for school audiences. By showcasing the creativity of individuals whose singular talents have been refined through experience rather than formal artistic training, the museum considers the historical, social, and artistic context of American culture.