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Past Exhibition

Faces and Figures in Self-Taught Art

When: July 11 - August 31, 2014

About the Show

From Henry Darger's elaborate paintings of young girls caught in a vicious war to the sacred art of the prolific Reverend Howard Finster and the raw power in Thornton Dial’s turbulent compositions, the work of self-taught artists has achieved unique status in the art world for its compelling expression of emotion and unselfconscious style. The strength of the artwork lies not in its adherence to reality but in its refreshing deviations from it. Included in this exhibition are paintings, drawings, and sculptures by artists who operate without academic training and outside traditional artistic discourse, often using unconventional materials to create works that vary remarkably in style.

When taking the human form as a subject, self-taught artists often express intensely personal visions that open a window onto their imagination. The face—the apex of the human figure—takes on a strange other-worldliness that evokes children’s art, mythology, or pure fantasy. The exhibition features works by Steven Ashby, Henry Darger, Thornton Dial, Howard Finster, Dwight Macintosh, Donald Mitchell, and Inez Nathaniel Walker, among many others.

 The exhibition is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center Exhibition Fund. 

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Tuesday 10am–5pm
Wednesday 10am–5pm
Thursday 10am–7pm
Friday 10am–5pm
Saturday 10am–5pm
Sunday 10am–5pm


Please note that all visitors are asked to wear masks in the galleries.


Admission is free and open to all. All galleries are wheelchair accessible.


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Late Thursdays for students only from 7pm to 9pm.


The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center

124 Raymond Ave
Poughkeepsie, NY 12604

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