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An analysis of self-taught artists in the American South centered on the concept of the 'yard show.' This is an in-depth examination of the manner in which evangelical rhetoric and doctrine effects signage, painting, and sculpture. This involves an exploration of the history of evangelicalism in the Southern United States, a critique of the role of the museum in self-taught art, and an analysis of missionary intentions and cults of personality surrounding work by untrained artist. Artist examined in this paper include: Howard Finster, Joe Minter, Herman Dennis, Mary Proctor, Sister Gertrude Morgan, and Nellie Mae Rowe. Thornton Dial and Lonnie Holley are featured tangentially.
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Boatwright, Flora Abigail, "Examining Evangelicalism: The Power of Signage, Painting and Sculpture in the Southern Yard Show" (2019). Senior Projects Spring 2019. 166.
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