Artstor has collaborated with the American Folk Art Museum to share more than 1,600 images of traditional folk art and works by contemporary self-taught artists (sometimes referred to as “outsider art”) from the museum’s permanent collection in the Digital Library. The museum’s holdings comprise more than 5,000 works created by American and international artists from the 18th century to the present. The Artstor Digital Library is presenting a selection of objects in a variety of media, including paintings, works on paper, sculpture, trade figures, signs, weathervanes, furniture, ceramics, needleworks, rugs, quilts, and coverlets. Notable early American folk artists such as John Blunt, Erastus Salisbury Field, Edward Hicks, Jacob Maentel, Ammi Phillips, and William Matthew Prior are included in the selection. Also represented are 20th- and 21st-century self-taught artists from around the world, including Nek Chand, Henry Darger, Howard Finster, Bessie Harvey, Martín Ramírez, Bill Traylor, and Adolf Wölfli.

S.L. Jones (1901-1997); Country Bank of Five; American Folk Art Museum

To view the American Folk Art Museum collection, go to the Artstor Digital Library, browse by collection, and click “American Folk Art Museum”; or, if you are at your institution or have an Artstor account, simply follow this link:

For more detailed information about this collection, visit American Folk Art Museum collection page.