Three-Ring Circus is Over-The-Top in Farmville

October, 2011, RVA Magazine

The term “Folk Artist” elicits specific qualifiers: untrained, poor, rural, usually Southern, often African-American. This last demographic points to the roots of the American Folk Art tradition, in which practices such as “face jugs” and quilt making were passed down to the descendants of slaves in the South. If there is an agenda to Three-Ring Circus, at the Longwood Center for the Visual Arts through January 6th, it seems to be a reconsideration of what distinguishes Folk Art, as well as a validation of its unique qualities.  Read full article!


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