Exerpted from Minnie Evans - American Artist

Surreal images, motifs and forms are significant within the context of Jungian psychoanalytic theory. Dreams, or visions, acquire universal significance. In Evans' art, it is represented by nature, where visionary presence permeates the entire visual composition, like a far-Eastern tantra painting. Nature does not represent a Christian dogma, although there are elements borrowed from the Bible, particularly the Book of Revelation (popular among African American artists who depict religious subject matter). Instead nature, used allegorically, is also symbolically denoting a timeless pervasive spirituality of the universe. Evans reveals through her art a collective unconscious within unseen worlds collapsing time into a never-ending present.

-Sharon F. Patton


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Selected Solo Exhibitions Since 2000

2011, 98, 95, 93, 90, 89
New York, NY; Luise Ross Gallery, Minnie Evans: Paintings and Drawings
St. Louis, MO; University of Missouri Saint Louis, Minnie Evans: Dreams in Color
Durham, NC; North Carolina Central University Art Gallery,The Dream World of Minnie Evans
Greensboro, NC; Green Hill Center for North Carolina Art, Minnie Evans: Dreams in Color

Selected Group Exhibitions

Haifa, Israel;The Haifa Museum of Art, Art's Outer Circles: Outsiders, Naive and Self-Taught Artists
Boston, MA; Sherman Gallery at Boston University, Fresh Flowers
Winston-Salem, NC; Ascension II: A Legacy of Self-Taught African-American Artists of North Carolina, Diggs Gallery at Winston-Salem University
Baltimore, MD; Golden Blessings of Old Age; Out of the Mouths of Babes, American Visionary Art Museum
Fort Lauderdale, FL; Urban Outsider and Visionary Folk: The Works of Purvis Young and Minnie Evans, Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art
New York, NY; Making Choices, Museum of Modern Art
New Orleans, LA; Passionate Visions of the American South: Self-Taught Artists from the 1940's to the Present, New Orleans Museum of Art (Travelling exhibition)
Wichita, KS; Visionary Artists: Bill Traylor and Minnie Evans, Wichita Art Museum
Fukui, Japan and Trenton, NJ; Dream Singers, Storytellers: An African-American Presence, Fukui Fine Arts Museum; The New Jersey State Museum
Malmo, Sweden; Sarlingar: Art Brut/Outsider Art, Malmo Konsthall (Travelling exhibition)
New York, NY; Different Drummers: Work by American Self-Taught Artists, Met-Life Gallery
Dallas, TX; Black Art: Ancestral Legacy, Dallas Museum of Art (Travelling exhibition)
Raleigh, NC; Signs and Wonders: Outsider Art Inside North Carolina, North Carolina Museum of Art
Hempstead, NY; Black Folk Artists: Minnie Evans and Bill Traylor, African-American Museum
New York, NY; Muffled Voices, Museum of American Folk Art
Los Angeles, CA; Two Hundred Years of Black Art in America, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Travelling exhibition)
Zagreb, Yugoslavia; Triennial of Na´ve Art, organized by the U.S. Information Agency
New York, NY; Mother's Day, Studio Museum of Harlem
Chicago, IL; The Artless Artist - Contemporary American Na´ve Works, Phyllis Kind Gallery
New York, NY; Symbols and Images: Contemporary Primitive Artists, American Federation of Arts (Travelling exhibition)
New York, NY; Twentieth Century Folk Art, Museum of American Folk Art
Indianapolis, IN; Paintings and Sculpture Today - 1970, Indianapolis Museum of Art
Chicago, IL; A Decade of Accomplishment: American Drawings and Prints of the 1960's, Illinois Bell Lobby Gallery

Selected Public Collections

Museum of Modern Art, New York
National Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C.
Art Institute of Chicago, IL
Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum, Williamsburg, VA
High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
Collection de l'Art Brut, Lausanne, Switzerland
American Museum of Folk Art, New York
Newark Museum, NJ
Weatherspoon Art Gallery, Greensboro, NC
Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock
New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, NJ
Louise Wells Cameron Art Museum, Wilmington, NC
Akron Art Museum, Akron, OH
North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh
Ackland Art Museum, Chapel Hill, NC
Morris Museum of Art, Augusta, GA
Gibbes Art Museum, Charleston, SC
Hickory Museum of Art, Hickory, NC
North Carolina Central University Art Museum, Durham
Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin, OH
North Carolina Museum of History, Raleigh
Illinois State University, University Art Galleries, Normal, IL