Southern Artist Showcase: The Caldwell Collection, Works by Southern Self-taught Artists

March 4 – Sept. 27, 2021

Self-taught Southern artists have in common a powerful belief that they simply ARE artists, and most seem driven to express themselves visually,” said Bill Hickerson, executive director of the WTRAC.

The Southern Artist Showcase features some of the best-known painters, photographers, sculptors and other fine artists to come out of the South.  Rotating frequently to expose visitors to the widest variety of art possible, this show features works produced in a variety of mediums.

“The Caldwell Collection, Works by Southern Self-taught Artists” includes artwork from various Southern artists including Ludie Amos (1935), Jimmy Lee Sudduth (1910-2007) and Burlon Craig (1914-2002). All of the artists featured were self-taught, embracing their passion in lieu of any formal training. Each of the artists’ style is unique to their own influences.

The collection is on loan from the West Tennessee Regional Art Center (WTRAC).

The WTRAC’s collection was donated by Dr. Benjamin and Gertrude Caldwell for the purpose of cultural education for people of all ages throughout West Tennessee. By extending their collection to Discovery Park, the WTRAC is fulfilling both the Caldwell’s intended vision and Discovery Park’s mission of inspiring children and adults to see beyond.

“The Southern Artist Showcase: The Caldwell Collection, Works by Southern Self-taught Artists” is open through Sept. 27, 2021 and is included with park admission or membership. Make plans to visit Discovery Park of America this spring and summer and take in these pieces of artwork.

This exhibit is sponsored by The Citizens Bank (TCB).