2017 marks the 60th anniversary of the oldest museum in the country devoted to American folk art. America’s Folk Art celebrates not only six decades of the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum, but also pays tribute to Mrs. Rockefeller who began collecting folk art in the 1920s. Her keen eye and appreciation for the art of the common man created a collection of over 400 pieces that were eventually given to Colonial Williamsburg. Over the ensuing years, the collection has grown to over 4000 objects that date from the 18th century to the present day.
This exhibition serves as an introduction to the other ten galleries filled with portraits, quilts, sculpture, musical instruments, toys, and weathervanes. An array of folk art is on display showcasing highlights from the collection.
Stephen W. Harley, Oregon, 1927-1928
Fireman’s Parade Hat
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, ca. 1850
Watermelon Trade Sign
Miles Burkholder Carpenter, Waverly, Virginia, 1960
On view in the Jan Curtis and Frank J. Spayth Gallery
This exhibition is made possible through the generosity of Don and Elaine Bogus.
Discover whimsical and fascinating paintings, sculpture, and textiles from Mrs. Rockefeller's collection on this guided tour. These pieces are the basis of the museum's original collection.Learn More