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Cynthia Johanson photographs of artists and works of art, circa 1990-2001

Sellen, Betty-Carol, 1934-

Author, Librarian


Collection Information

Size: 0.8 Linear feet

Summary: Photographs (color snapshots) and slides of American folk and self-taught artists and their artwork taken by Cynthia Johanson, a Folk Art Society of America and American Library Association member. The photographs were used as resource material for two reference books, "20th Century American Folk, Self Taught, and Outside Art," Neal Schuman publishers, 1993, and "Self Taught, Outsider, and Folk Art: A Guide to American Artist, Locations and Resources," McFarland & C. publishers, 2000, written as a collaboration by librarian Betty-Carol Sellen with Johanson.
Included are images of Minnie Adkins, Cyril Billiot, Ivy Billiot, Georgia Blizzard, Adam Brandau, Loy Bowlin, Vernon Burwell, Thornton Dial, Tom Every, James Harold Jennings, Norman Scott "Butch" Quinn, Rudy Rotter, J. P. Scott, Mary T. Smith, Herbert Singleton, Vollis Simpson, Fred Smith, and others.
Also included are a handful of photographs of art environment in Wisconsin, taken by Jane Botham in 2007, including works by John Bambic, Paul M. Dobberstein, Bob Watt, Mike "Ringo" White, Dan Erbstroesser, Mary Nohl, James Tellen, Rudy Potter, Sid Boyrum, Nick Engelbert, and Tom Every.

Biographical/Historical Note

Betty-Carol Sellen is and author and librarian and serves on the Board of Directors for Art Enables in Washington, D.C. and is a member of the National Advisory Board for the Folk Art Society of America. Sellen and Johanson collaborated on two books regarding folk, self-taught, and outsider art.

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Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

Cynthia Johanson photographs of artists and works of art, circa 1990-2001. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.