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As MoseT Would See It: Expressions Through the Life of Moses Tolliver on Loan from the Collection of Dr. R. Douglas Hawkins

May 1 – May 31, 2013
Main Gallery

Dr. R. Douglas Hawkins, of Troy, Alabama, has been a long time folk art collector including works from MoseT, Charlie Lucas, Woodie Long Jimmy Lee Sudduth and Betty Sue Matthews. From his collection, he has framed 45 pieces of MoseT's work to be displayed in a traveling exhibition titled As MoseT Would See It: Expressions Through the Life of Moses Tolliver.

Hawkins says, "I would often travel to Tolliver's home in Montgomery carrying him scrap wood and pieces of furniture while visiting with his family. I was always surprised how he sat on the bed painting, always had a smile on his face and always waited on the money." Hawkins began his collection in the early 1990s, but his collection dates from the early 1970s until the year of Tolliver's passing in 2006.

Hawkins says, "One can easily see the progression and state of life Tolliver relayed through his pieces according to his current life situation. I think his art is some of the very best folk art that has been produced thus far."

Hawkins continues to call Tolliver's work a prime example of outsider art saying that, "his expressions of things, animals and people show a very different picture of things."

This exhibit will be on display at the Johnson Center for the Arts from May 1 until May 31. A reception will be held on Thursday, May 16, from 6:00 – 8:00 and the public is invited to attend.