Central to Their Lives: Southern Women Artists in the Johnson Collection

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The Johnson Collection has been hailed by the Magazine Antiques for its work illuminating the rich history and diverse cultures of the American South. With holdings that offer an extensive survey of artistic activity from the late eighteenth century to the present day, the collection advances interest in the dynamic role that the art of the South plays in the larger context of American art and contributes to the canon of art historical study. Located in Spartanburg, South Carolina, the Johnson Collection is a recipient of the Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Award for the Arts, South Carolina's highest honor in the field.


"Central to Their Lives marks a turning point in the history of Southern art. One of its appendices, the "Directory of Southern Women Artists" alone makes the volume necessary, even indispensable, for anyone studying the region and its place in the nation's visual culture. But this work achieves so much more: no longer will it be possible to ignore, to neglect, or to co-opt the artistry of women or to spurn the region as a cultural wasteland. Hereafter, the South, with its glories and imperfections, is no longer the province of a sole gender."--William Underwood Eiland, director, Georgia Museum of Art
"A choir of female voices sings out in Central to Their Lives, conducted by a private collector- choirmaster dedicated to recovering the lives and art made by women in the American South. Their stories are ably told by a variety of scholars who collectively contribute to an ongoing effort to reconstruct the region's art history--its women practitioners, art schools, teachers, and museums."--Wanda M. Corn, Robert and Ruth Halperin Professor Emerita in Art History, Stanford University