A Shared Legacy: Folk Art in America

The Esther B. O’Keeffe Gallery

Saturday, February 11, 2017  through Sunday, March 26, 2017

“A Shared Legacy: Folk Art in America” offers a stunning presentation of American folk art made primarily in rural areas of New England, the Midwest, and the South between 1800 and 1920. The exhibition showcases more than 60 works by some of the most admired 19th-century American artists. Included are rare and very fine portraits by such artists as Ammi Phillips and John Brewster, Jr.; vivid still lifes, allegorical scenes and landscapes, including a mature Peaceable Kingdom by Edward Hicks (above); whimsical trade signs and figure and animal sculptures; unique household objects and distinctive examples of furniture from the German-American community. In total, they exemplify the breadth of American creative expression during a period of enormous political, social, and cultural change in the United States.

Listen to the Audio Tour

  • Open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m.
  • Admission is $5 | No charge for Four Arts members and children 14 and younger
  • Please note: Photography is not permitted

Image credits below

Illustrated Lecture:

Saturday, February 18 at 11 a.m.
Walter S. Gubelmann Auditorium | No charge

“Neither Common nor Everyday: The Barbara Gordon Folk Art Collection” with Richard Miller, independent curator in Plainfield, NH

The exhibition is drawn from the Barbara L. Gordon Collection and is organized and circulated by Art Services International, Alexandria, Virginia.


Generously underwritten by Wells Fargo Private Bank



Attributed to Edward Hicks, American (1780-1849), “The Peaceable Kingdom with the Leopard of Serenity”, 1835-40, Oil on Canvas, 26 x 29 ½ in., Courtesy of the Barbara L. Gordon Collection)

Still Life with Basket of Fruit, 1830–50. Oil on canvas. Probably painted in New England. Artist unidentified. Courtesy of the Barbara L. Gordon Collection

The Wedding of the Turtle Doves, 1907–15. White pine, wire and paint. Made in Germania, Pennsylvania. Attributed to John Scholl. American (born Germany), 1827–1916. Courtesy of the Barbara L. Gordon Collection

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