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 Art 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, Courtesy Bill and Ruthe Glennon
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.
Co-Chairmen: William and Ann Oppenhimer
Auction Chairmen: Randall Lott & Nancy McCall
Raleigh Committee: Jay Althouse, Dudley and Lisa Anderson, Roger Manley, Jenny Moore, David Steel, Corinne Wolfrom
FASA Committee: Jim Sellman, Barbara Hassett, Tina Cox, Chuck & Judy Goodstein, Francis Thompson, William & Ann Oppenhimer, David Whaley
Speakers: Jenny Moore, Project Manager of the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park; Roger Manley, Director, Gregg Museum of Art and Design, NC State University; William Ferris, Professor of History, UNC, “Voices of the Mississippi Blues"; Bernard Herman, Professor of American Studies, UNC, “Lonnie Holley: Words and Objects.”
Awards of Distinction:Jenny Moore, Roger Manley, Bernard Herman, William Ferris and Vollis Simpson (posthumously)
Hemphill Memorial Award: Donation for the restoration of the Vollis Simpson Whirligig at the North Carolina Museum of Art.
National Folk Art Sites Designated:
Clyde Jones' Critter Crossing, Bynum, N.C.
Anderson Johnson Gallery, Downing-Gross Cultural Center, Newport News, Va.
Notable: Visit to Seagrove, N.C., potters.
#27: 2014 - Columbus, OH
Chairman: Duff Lindsay
Auction Chairmen: Randall Lott & Nancy McCall
Columbus Committee: Michael Hall, Nanette Maciejunes, John Moe, Mark Chepp.
FASA Committee: Jim Sellman, Barbara Hassett, Tina Cox, Vali Braselton, Cindy Solesbee, Chuck & Judy Goodstein, William & Ann Oppenhimer.
Symposium Speakers: Nanette Maciejunes, Director, Columbus Museum of Art; John Moe, Professor of English and Folklore Studies, Ohio State University; Mark Chepp, Director, Southern Ohio Museum; Michael Hall, Curator of Folk Art, Columbus Museum of Art.
Exhibition: "Counterpoint: Works by Folk and Self-Taught Artists at the Columbus Museum of Art."
Awards of Distinction: Michael Hall (scholar); Janis Price (artist); John Hoar, designer of Folk Art Messenger since 1997.
National Folk Art Site Designated: Hartman Rock Garden, Springfield, OH.
Hemphill Memorial Award: "The Old Simpson Place at Night," by Janis Price presented to the Columbus Museum of Art. "Bath Time" by Janis Price, presented by Duff Lindsay to the Columbus Museum of Art.
Notable: Visit to Springfield, OH, and Folk Art Scholarship Awarded to Merrileigh Rutherford, University of Memphis.
#28: 2015 - Memphis, TN
Chairman: Carol Crown
Auction Chairman: Randall Lott
Memphis Committee: Richard Ranta, Briget Mirza, John Jerit, Marina Pacini
FASA Committee: Tina Cox, Cindy Solesbee, Vali Braselton, Mary K. McDonald, Chuck & Judy Goodstein, Beverley Roberts, William and Ann Oppenhimer
Symposium Speakers: Jack Soden (CEO of Elvis Presley Enterprises), David Evans (Director of Ethnomusicology/Regional Studies at the University of Memphis School of Music), Judith McWillie (Retired Professor of Art, University of Georgia), and Washington James Harris (Master of the St. James Spiritual Holy Temple in Memphis)
Exhibition: "Memphis Collects" at the Art Museum of the University of Memphis.
Awards of Distinction: Margaret Day Allen, Carol Crown and Cheryl Rivers (scholars); Edwin Jeffery Jr. of Memphis and John Williams of Winchester, Mass. (artists)
National Folk Art Site Designated: Billy Tripp's Mindfield in Brownsville, Tenn
Hemphill Memorial Award: "Mine," sculpture by Edwin Jeffery Jr., presented to the Art Museum of the University of Memphis
FASA Scholarship Award: Emma Silverman, University of California, Berkeley
Notable: Visits to John and Susan Jerit's Home and to Elvis Presley's Graceland
#29: 2016 - St. Petersburg, FL
Chairmen: Tom and Donna Brumfield
Committee: Tina Cox, Cindy Solesbee, Vali Braselton, Terri and Allen Johnson, Jim Sweeny, Mary K. McDonald, Barbara and Jim Sellman, William and Ann Oppenhimer
Symposium Speakers: Kristin Congdon - "Florida Folk Art: Landscapes and Dreamscapes"; George Lowe - "My Life as an Artist"; Ann Oppenhimer - "The Folk Art of Cuba"
Exhibition: "From the Heart: Folk Art on Paper," at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg
Awards of Distinction: Mary Proctor, Tallassee Fla., Artist; George Lowe, Lakeland, Fla., Artist and Collector; John Schloder, Former Director, MFA, St. Petersburg; Jennifer Hardin, Former Curator, MFA, St. Petersburg; Kristin Congdon, Professor Emerita, University of Central Florida
Folk Art Site Designated: Jose Fuster's Fusterlandia, Jaimanitas, Cuba
Hemphill Memorial Award: Lonnie Holley Sculpture to MFA, St. Petersburg