The American researcher Jo Farb Hernández has led the charge to preserve fast-deteriorating, self-taught artists’ environments — before they’re gone.
The John Michael Kohler Arts Center is hosting a yearlong series of exhibitions marking their 50th year celebrating, and saving, art environments.
The John Michael Kohler Arts Center is restoring the Wisconsin art environment of Mary Nohl to what it looked like around 1998, when it was filled with art from floor to ceiling.
This October, a phantasmagoric art environment in rural western Georgia will reopen following two years of conservation.
In the late 1970s, Loy Bowlin in McComb, Mississippi, styled himself as the “Original Rhinestone Cowboy.”
Over a period of 50 years, the artist Mary Nohl transformed her yard as well as the interior and exterior of her cottage into an environment that stands in conversation with the surrounding land, lake, and her childhood memories. Almost immediately after the first cement sculptures materialized in the 1960s, however, she became known as “The Witch.”