Art of the Americas

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Two Young Men Chaining a Warp

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Doris Ulmann was known for her photographs of Appalachian people, often hard at work. When Ulmann came to the Berea area, she saw Appalachians working their crafts in traditional ways that were very foreign to her industrial, Northern background. These men chaining a warp are performing a key step in one of Appalachia’s quintessential crafts. [...]

Older African American woman seated, holding open book

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This photograph of an African American woman with an open book was taken in Berea, Kentucky--home to Berea College and the Doris Ulmann Galleries. Doris Ulmann’s portraits of Appalachian people were close to her heart, having spent much of her later life in Appalachia. Doris Ulmann was a woman who valued people of all backgrounds, a [...]

Beaver Ridge Vase

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Charles Counts was an American Renaissance man who worked to preserve the art forms of his native Appalachia. He was a proficient weaver, quilter, teacher, writer, and activist. However, he is best known for his pottery. Born in Lynch, Kentucky, Counts graduated from Berea College where his devotion to his native culture was fostered and [...]

Portrait of George Washington

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Beginning in 1794, and continuing for some years, Gilbert Stuart traveled to Philadelphia to request sittings with George Washington. Portrait of George Washington, 1798, depicts the fruits of this labor and is one of almost one hundred portraits created of the President by Stuart. President Washington only sat for Stuart three times, forcing the artist [...]

Bowl

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In the mid-twentieth century, Elva Nampeyo created this clay bowl. Nampeyo is from the Hopi tribe and the bowl is crafted in a traditional style that embraces pre-Hopi cultures. It is a white clay bowl with a wide shoulder, narrowing at the base and neck. The shoulder is red, with a band of white and [...]

Mountain Landscape, Highlands, North Carolina

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Henry Ossawa Tanner, born in Pennsylvania, is known for being the first African-American painter to gain international fame. He spent a great deal of time teaching himself to paint as a young man, using art as a therapy when he was ill. In 1879 he was accepted into the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts as [...]

Teapot

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This teapot has been first thrown on a pottery wheel and then altered to give the body its bulbous, fluted shape. It has a shino glaze, which creates the teapot’s varied, organic coloration. Shino glazes range in color from milky white to burnt orange and have been a favorite of potters for centuries. Charlie Cummings [...]

Vase

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This Tiffany favrile vase was designed and created by Louis Comfort Tiffany in the beginning of the twentieth century. Louis Comfort Tiffany was the premier designer of the decorative arts in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, known mostly for his glass work. Tiffany patented favrile glass in 1894 and began its production in [...]

Vase

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Rookwood Pottery, a prominent American ceramics company, began in Cincinnati, OH in 1880. It was the first female-owned manufacturing company in America. The owner of Rookwood, Maria Longworth encouraged her team of artists to explore new techniques and be creative. This vase features the “Iris” glaze. In the late 1890s, Rookwood Pottery introduced three new [...]

Teapot with Cup and Saucer

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In 1986, Silvie Granatelli presented this teapot as a gift to the College Art Collection. It is made of white porcelain and has a thick slip trail design, with a slight speckle in the porcelain. The teapot is initialed on its bottom and the handle is made of bamboo. Granatelli is a potter, but her [...]