Awards of Distinction: Gerard Wertkin, Clyde Jones
Notable: Howard Finster, Jimmy Lee Sudduth, Charlie Lucas and many other artists displayed their art at Kentuck.
#10: 1997 - Milwaukee, Wis.
Chairman: Russell Bowman
Speakers: Michael Hall, Russell Bowman, Jeffrey Hayes, Lisa Stone, Tony Rajer, Lynne Browne
Exhibition:The Michael and Julie Hall Collection of American Folk Art at the Milwaukee Art Museum; Personal Vision: Self-Taught Art from the Ruth & Robert Vogele Collection
Awards of Distinction: Mr. Imagination, Flo and Jules Laffal
Notable: Purvis Young sketching in the hotel lobby.
#11: 1998 - Houston, Tex.
Chairmen: John and Stephanie Smither, Susanne Theis
Speakers: Lynne Adele, Alvia Wardlaw, Hector Benavides, Carl Dixon, David Strickland, Murray Smither, Bruce & Julie Webb
Exhibitions: Charles Dellschau at Menil Collection; Orange Show
Awards of Distinction: Rev. Johnnie Hunter, Marilyn Oshman, Lynda Hartigan
1st Hemphill Art Purchase Award: Hector Benavides drawing given to University of Texas at Austin.
Notable: Auction raised more than $35,000, held at Marilyn Oshman’s home.
#12: 1999 - Lexington/Morehead, Ky.
Chairman: Dick Wenstrup
Speakers: Gerard Wertkin; musicologists John Harrod and Alan Jabbour
Exhibition:An Eden of Their Own: Charlie, Noah and Hazel Kinney at Kentucky Folk Art Center
Awards of Distinction: Linvel and Lillian Barker (posthumously); Alan Jabbour
Hemphill Art Purchase Award: Tim Lewis sculpture to Owensboro Museum of Fine Arts
Notable: Square dancing to John Harrod’s band with fiddler Alan Jabbour sitting in.
#13: 2000 - San Diego, Calif.
Chairman: Larry Kent
Speakers: Grace Johnson, Larry Kent, Janet Brody Esser, Rick Bell, Bud Goldstone
Exhibition: Mingei International Museum
Awards of Distinction: Bud Goldstone and Ted Gordon
Hemphill Art Purchase Award: 2 Ted Gordon drawings to Oakland Museum of California
Notable: Visit to Salvation Mountain, designated a National Folk Art Site.
#14: 2001 - Richmond, Va.
Chairmen: Tom and Donna Brumfield
Speakers: Johnson Bowles, Babatunde Lawal, Jeffrey Hayes
Exhibition:Point of View: Folk Art from the William and Ann Oppenhimer Collection at University of Richmond; Personal Recollection: FASA Members’ Collections at Meadow Farm Museum
Awards of Distinction: Peggy Baggett (VCA); Shirley Yancey, Tony Rajer, Georgia Blizzard
Hemphill Art Purchase Award: Georgia Blizzard sculpture given to Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum, Williamsburg, Va.
Notable: Exactly one month after 9/11, Seventeen New Yorkers attended
#15: 2002 - Savannah, Ga.
Chairman: Joe Adams
Speakers: Carroll Greene, Judith McWillie, Gary Fine
Exhibitions:Ulysses Davis at the Beach Institute
Awards of Distinction: Betty-Carol Sellen, John Smither (posthumously) & Stephanie Smither, Lorenzo Scott
Hemphill Art Purchase Award: Lorenzo Scott “Christ on the Cross” to Morris Museum; “Empty Road” by Howard Finster to Columbus Museum of Art.
Notable: Visit to Gullah Settlement, St. Helena
#16: 2003 - St. Louis, Mo.
Chairman: John Foster
Speakers: Maude Southwell Wahlman, John Foster, Terry Nowell, Ken Anderson
Exhibition:Joseph Garlock Paintings
Awards of Distinction: Maude S. Wahlman, Ralph Lanning
Hemphill At Purchase Award: “Thor” by Ralph Lanning to Springfield Art Museum
Notable: Visit to the Pulitzer Museum and St. Louis Museum of Art
#17: 2004 - Oakland, Calif.
Chairmen: Tom di Maria and Ann Oppenhimer
Speakers: Robert Adkins, Katherine Sherwood, Stephen Walrod, Thomas Roske, Lucienne Peiry, John Killacky, Philip Linares, Cheryl Rivers, John Perreault, Frank Maresca, Bonnie Grossman, Phyllis Kind.
Exhibition: Creative Growth Artists
Awards of Distinction: Irene Brydon, Artists of Creative Growth, John Foster, Lee Kogan
Hemphill Art Purchase Award: Sculpture by Judith Scott to Oakland Museum of California
Notable: Visits to Oakland Museum, NIAD, Creativity Explored and Clayton Bailey’s Environment
#18: 2005 - Chicago
Chairman: Bill Glennon
Speakers: Connie Gibbons, Russell Bowman, Lisa Stone, Michael Noland
Exhibition:Intuit Show of Folk and Outsider Art
Awards of Distinction: Russell Bowman and Stanley Szwarc
Hemphill Art Purchase Award: “Big Blue Rooster” by Minnie Adkins and Herman Peters to Benedictine University.
Notable: Visits to studios of Stanley Szwarc, Matt Lamb and Michael Noland.
#19: 2006 - Phoenix
Chairman: Caralee Allsworth
Speakers: Tricia Loscher, Ron Gasowski, Stephen Vollmer
Exhibitions: Heard Museum and Tucson Museum of Art
Awards of Distinction: Nicholas Herrera and Peter Cecere
Hemphill Art Purchase Award: “Trucking Through Perdition” by Nicholas Herrera to Arizona State University (with assistance of Herrera and Cline Fine Art)
Notable: Visit to Guadalupe Cemetery of the Yaqui Nation, Tempe, Ariz.
#20: 2007 - Louisville, Ky.
Chairman: Bill Glennon
Speakers: Mary Bryan Hood, Kevin O’Brien, Matt Collinsworth, Scott Scarboro
Exhibitions: Owensboro Museum of Fine Art, Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft
Awards of Distinction: Mary Bryan Hood, Tim Lewis, Marvin Finn (posthumously) and Bill Glennon
Hemphill Art Purchase Award: “Adam and Eve” by Tim Lewis to Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft.
Notable: Visit to Mohammad Ali Center and Louisville Slugger Factory. Nek Chand’s Rock Garden in Chandigarh, India, designated as an International Folk Art Site.
#21: 2008 - Washington, D. C.
Chairman: Betty-Carol Sellen
Speakers: Liza Kirwin, Virginia Mecklenburg, William Christenberry
Exhibition: Smithsonian American Art Museum’s folk art collection
Awards of Distinction: Malcah Zeldis and Rebecca Hoffberger
Hemphill Art Purchase Awards: Devil Face Jug by Albert Hodge to SAAM; Malcah Zeldis painting and David Zeldis drawing to American Visionary Art Museum; Finster serigraph to Longwood University from Thomas Scanlin
Notable: Visits to AVAM, National Museum of the American Indian
#22: 2009 - St. Petersburg, Fla.
Chairmen: Tom and Donna Brumfield, assisted by Ted and Jean Weiller and Randall Lott and Nancy McCall.
Speakers:Jennifer Hardin, Gary Monroe and Susan Crawley
Exhibition:Florida Collects at Museum of Fine Art, St. Petersburg
Awards of Distinction: Tom and Donna Brumfield, Lynne Browne, Randall Lott, Nancy McCall, Jack Beverland, Ruby Williams and Purvis Young
Hemphill Art Purchase Award: “I Will Climb This Mountain” by Ruby Williams to Museum of Fine Art, St. Petersburg
Notable: Visits to Tampa and Ringling Museum in Sarasota, Fla.
#23: 2010 - Santa Fe, N. M.
Chairman: Deborah Quirk
Speakers: Andrea Fisher; Margarete Bagshaw; Panel of Nicholas Herrera, Arthur Lopez, Marie Romero Cash; Moderated by Kirk Ellis.
Exhibition: Museum of International Folk Art permanent collection
Awards of Distinction: Marcia Muth, Sabinita Ortiz, Susan Crawley
Hemphill Art Purchase Award: “Tree of Life” by Sabinita Ortiz to Longwood University
Notable: Visit to Taos Pueblo cancelled by Taos tribal event
#24: 2011 - Richmond, Va.
Chairmen: Ann Oppenhimer and Johnson Bowles
Speakers: Richard Guy Wilson; Panel of Eldridge Bagley, J. J. Cromer, Mildred “Gentle Rain” Moore, moderated by Leisa Rundquist
Exhibition:Three-Ring Circus: William and Ann Oppenhimer Folk Art Collection at Longwood University
Awards of Distinction: Kathy Johnson Bowles, Ray Kass, Eldridge Bagley
Hemphill Art Purchase Award: Drawing by J. J. Cromer to University of Richmond; Finster serigraph from Thomas Scanlin to Old Dominion University
Notable: Visits to Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Virginia State Capitol and Monticello
#25: 2012 - Atlanta, Ga.
Chairmen: Susan Crawley, Lynne and Jim Browne
Speakers: John Burrison; Dale Couch; “Future of Paradise Garden,” Panel with Janet Byington, Jordan Poole, Thomas Scanlin; Moderated by Margaret Browne
Exhibitions: High Museum of Art Folk Art Collection
Awards of Distinction: William Arnett, Thornton Dial Sr., Georgine Clarke (posthumously)
Hemphill Art Purchase Award: “Guitar Man” by Mr. Imagination, jointly with Lynne and Jim Browne to High Museum of Art; Finster serigraph from Thomas Scanlin to Georgia Museum of Art
National Folk Art Sites Designated: Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park, Howard Finster’s Paradise Garden
Notable: Visits to Dahlonega, Athens (Georgia Museum of Art), Gainesville and Madison, Ga.
#26: 2013 - Raleigh, NC
Chairmen: William and Ann Oppenhimer
Speakers: William Ferris, Bernard Herman, Roger Manley, Jenny Moore
Awards of Distinction: William Ferris, Bernard Herman, Roger Manley, Jenny Moore and Vollis Simpson
National Folk Art Sites Designated: Clyde Jones' Critter Crossing, Bynum, N.C., and Anderson Johnson Museum. Newport News, Va.
Hemphill Art Award; Funds for Restoration of Vollis Simpson Sculpture at North Carolina Museum of Art