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Jean Ellen Jones research material on Lizzie Wilkerson, 1978-1984

Biographical Note

Jean Ellen Jones is an art historian in Atlanta, Georgia. She taught at Georgia State University and curated a traveling exhibition of Lizzie Wilkerson's work for the Georgia State University Art Gallery in 1983.
Lizzie Wilkerson (1895-1984) was an African American self-taught artist. She worked as a share-cropper and a maid and began painting at the age of 77. She worked primarily in watercolor and pen to create images depicting farm animals, crops, fish, Bible stories, and spiritual matters. Her work is held in collections at the American Folk Art Museum, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and the High Museum of Art.