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Film, Video Picturing American Folk Masters

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  • Picturing American Folk Masters


  • Photographer Tom Pich and folklorist Barry Bergey, co-authors of the recently published book "Folk Masters: A Portrait of America," discuss their award-winning project. During the past 25 years, Pich has traveled across the country to the homes and studios of recipients of the National Endowment for the Arts' National Heritage Fellowships, the highest honor given to America's folk and traditional artists. His photographs provide a unique portrait of their art, their personalities and their culture. While each image tells a story on its own, Barry Bergey, the former Director of Folk and Traditional Arts at the National Endowment for the Arts, provides further insight into the lives of the featured artist as well as the remarkable stories behind each photograph. "Folk Masters" documents and honors the extraordinary women and men who take traditional arts to new heights while also ensuring their continuation from generation to generation.

Event Date

  • February 28, 2018

Running Time

  • 1 hours 6 minutes 4 seconds

Online Format

  • video
  • image
  • online text

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