Divine Disorder: Folk and Outsider Art Conference 2015Register Now

This second conference on the conservation of Folk and Outsider Art will take place on February 24-26, 2015 in the Hill Auditorium of the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia and Paradise Gardens in Summerville, Georgia.

This conference is focused on highlighting the under appreciated decorative works of non-traditional artists. The conservation of these works is vital to preserving the life story of those artists outside the main stream art community. Artists come from all walks of life and every ethnic background, Folk and Outsider art is many times strongly patriotic, intensely spiritual, but always deeply personal. If not preserved we lose the window into the lives of the artists and their folk traditions.  The first Divine Disorder was held February 15-16, 2012 on the campus of Northwestern University in Natchitoches, Louisiana.

Howard Finster's Paradise Garden

Howard Finster’s Paradise Garden

The Conference will be held February 24-25, 2015 at the High Museum, Atlanta, GA. The program will feature two days of contributed papers.  The final day of the conference February 26, 2015 will take place at Paradise Garden and will feature talks on the Gardens as well as  hands-on workshop components.

Download PDF Schedule for the conference

Day One Tuesday, February 24, 2015
8:30 AM Registration
9:00 AM Welcome
Extraordinary Legacy; the Folk Art Collection of the High Museum of Art” by Susan Crawley
How is the Conservation of Outsider/Folk Art Unique? Or is it?” By Barbara Appelbaum and Paul Himmelstein
Round Table Discussion: Outsider Art is it appreciated?
Art Environments: Curatorial Roles and Responsibilities” by Jo Farb Hernandez
Where there is Doubt, Faith: A Case Study in the Community-Based Preservation Efforts of Margaret’s Grocery and the L.V. Hull Home” By Jennifer Joy Jameson
Treatment Considerations for a Newly-discovered Madonna by Martin Ramirez” by Susan M. Peckham
Revisiting Clementine Hunter’s Murals at African House” by Jill Whitten and Robert Proctor
Closing remarks
Break for the participants to view the folk art collection of the High Museum
6:00 PM Opening Reception at Lord Aeck and SargentLASLogo_GreenSquare Offices 1175 Peachtree Street Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30361
8:00 PM

Day Two Wednesday, February 25, 2015
8:30 AM Registration
9:00 AM “Kohler Foundation, the Journey to Preserve Vernacular Art” by Terri Yoho
Pasaquan, the Journey Continues” by Peter Schoenmann and Shane Winter
Expression of Faith and Fear: The Chauvin Sculpture Garden by Kenny Hill” by Deborah Cibelli
How to Move a Mountain: the Documentation and Display of Displaced Art Environments” by Karen Patterson
Roundtable Discussion: The issues of conserving a folk art site in-situ vs displacing the art.
E.T. Wickham: The Intersection of Family and Preservation” by Brittany Wickham Walker
The Winds of Change: When a Place Changes… and Changes a Place” by Kimberly Van Dyk
James Hampton’s Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nations’ Millennium General Assembly” by Helen Ingalls
Roundtable Discussion: What are the Priorities for the Future?
“Producer/Process/Production The Sacred Chaos of Preserving the Artist and/or the Art” by Norman Girardot
Prophecy in Exterior Latex: Documenting the Message of Isaiah Robertson” by Fred Scruton
Round Table Discussion: Documentaion of the Artist versus the Art

Day Three Thursday, February 26, 2015
8:30 AM Bus leaves for Paradise Gardens (picking up in the parking lot of the High Museum)
10:00 AM Welcome by Jordan Poole
“Early Struggles” by Beverly Finster-Guinn
Current Preservation Planning” by Susan Turner and J. Keyes Williamson
“Revival” by Jordan Poole
Roundtable Discussion: Preservation Plans; Reality Versus Planning
Lunch on your own at Sweet P’s at the Tavern
Hands on round robins in the Garden (the activities will change depending on weather)
Roundtable Discussion: Future Priorities for Outsider Art
4:30 PM Bus Leaves for High Museum



For questions and comments please contact;
Jason Church
645 University Parkway
Natchitoches, LA 71457

Cost of the conference is:
$199 Early Bird Registration (Until January 1, 2015)
$299 Registration (After January 1, 2015)
$99 Student Registration (limited student seats are available. Student must provide photocopy of current student ID and a letter of interest. Student applications should be emailed to jason_church@contractor.nps.gov before January 1, 2015).

This conference is held in Partnership with;

HIGH STACKED LOGO COLOR (2)paradiseGardenfoundationLogoAll lectures will be held at the High Museum of Art or Paradise Gardens. The conference does not have an official hotel but there are many in the direct area.

Artmore Hotel
1302 West Peachtree St NW
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 876-6100

Atlanta Marriott Suites Midtown
35 14th St NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
(800) 228-9290

Residence Inn Atlanta Midtown/17th Street
1365 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 745-1000

W Atlanta – Midtown
188 14th St NE
Atlanta, GA 30361
(404) 892-6000

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2 Responses to Divine Disorder: Folk and Outsider Art Conference 2015

  1. Teresa Kemp says:

    The Facebook, Google+, link and the Register Now in the green star (top right on this Divine Disorder page links are not working.

    I would like to participate. Please have someone call me at (404) 468-7050. Looks exciting.

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