Category: Art

Thoughts about Art

Hear Now the Roll Call, Gold Star Men of Culver, World War One

When Leigh Gignilliat prepared to sail home from Europe in July 1919, any enthusiasm for the Allied victory he had participated in was most likely tempered by a growing awareness of the loss of so […]

Nathan James Little Wounded

There is a certain material honesty in the art of Nathan James Little Wounded, a rare quality often absent in galleries of contemporary art. His complete and confident understanding of the nature of wood, horn, […]

The Chess Paintings of Roman Golla

Naïve painter, Roman Golla was an avid chess player. One might even say his participation in the US Open Chess Tournaments in 1953, 1961, 1963 and 1968 would qualify him as a master. An immigrant […]

Lady Holding A Portfolio

Her eyes are a pale hazel, her hair a deep auburn, delicately framing a slightly smiling face in curls.  She sits pink-cheeked, in a black dress among a background of sepia and Van Dyke brown, […]

Finding Roman Golla

Some artists burn through their brief existence like shooting stars across a summer sky. We see them as streaks of light, sparkling in the darkness, spinning and twisting through space, a silent dance for those […]

Curiously Collecting Art

Some years ago, while visiting the home of an older art collector to view his small but beautiful collection of 18th century Northern European landscape paintings, I became curious about his motivation to collect art. […]

Let It Snow

In many unseen ways, the portion of earth we experience as children plays a primary role in shaping and defining us as adults. We grow navigating the contours of our environment, exploring its features, and […]

What Is Art?

Enter “What is art?” into any search engine and a multitude of similarly worded statements will appear. Ask a group of ninth graders the same question, as I do several time each year, and the […]

Famous Footwear

Deep within the Culver Art Collection, past the many portraits and landscapes, among a group of boxes of cultural artifacts, are several pairs of footwear. They are not by any haute culture designer, nor do […]

Outsider, Folk or Naïve Art: What are we talking about?

Last month, a rural auction in Syracuse, Indiana, disbursed a private collection of thirty-nine paintings by Old Order Mennonite artist Emma Schrock. Schrock, known as the “Grandma Moses of Northern Indiana,” painted actively from 1964 […]