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Folk Art Tells Our Stories

GRAM exhibit photo
GRAM American Perspectives Exhibit /GRAM

Americans celebrate Independence Day in many ways. For many, it might include an outdoor barbeque, a trip to the beach, a family reunion, or, an outdoor band concert. For others – maybe you – it may be with a visit to the GRAM Grand Rapids Art Museum. GRCC students and faculty can do that free through the Go See GR program sponsored by Student Life.

The GRAM’s current special exhibit is American Perspectives: Stories from the American Folk Art Museum Collection, which runs through the end of August. Over 80 art objects illustrate people, places, and events spanning American history. The exhibit is organized into sections: Founders; Travelers; Philosophers; and, Seekers, and covers themes including nationhood, freedom, community, imagination, opportunity, and legacy. The collection comes from the American Folk Art Museum in New York City.

For more on American folk art, see The Encyclopedia of American Folk Art which is an eBook with an unlimited user license when you logon with your last name and 7-digit Raider number.

Routledge Encyclopedia of American Folk Art.

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