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Collection Art-3D Collection
Catalog Number 1993.9.1
Object Name Sculpture
Description "Preacher," 1931-1939, carved limestone, by William Edmondson

Label from The Collector's Eye exhibition (2014):

According to acclaimed folk artist William Edmondson, in 1932 God appeared at his bed and told him “to pick up my tools and start to work on a tombstone.” Edmondson, who lived and worked around Nashville, Tennessee, began to carve burial art.

Later, he also carved stone sculptures of preachers, women, angels, doves, turtles, and other animals. In addition to becoming a vital figure in the Nashville art scene, Edmondson was an important international artist. In 1937, he became the first African American artist to be featured in a solo show at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Title Preacher
Date 1931-1939
Role of Creator Artist
Creator Edmondson, William
Material limestone
Technique carved
Dimensions H-17.875 W-7.937 D-8.5 inches
Credit line Transfer from the University of Tennessee College of Human Ecology, acquired through US Works Progress Administration (WPA), Federal Arts Project, 1941
Culture American
Subjects African American
Death & burial
Memorial works
Stone carving