WAYNE COX directs a public policy research organization. He also documents, collects and writes about self-taught art. He and his wife, Myrene, live in Miami, Florida, and Port Maria, Jamaica. They were recently named by Art and Antiques Magazine to its list of the Top 100 Art Collectors in the United States.
WILLIAM L. ELLIS is an assistant professor of music at Saint Michael’s College in Colchester, Vt. He wrote the entry on Tripp for the Folk Art volume of The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture (University of North Carolina Press, 2013) and wrote about Edwin Jeffery Jr. for the Spring 2014 Folk Art Messenger.
BUD GOLDSTONE worked from 1955 to 1981 as an engineer for North American Aviation. From 1959 to his death in 2012, he volunteered as a conservation engineer for the preservation of Simon Rodia's Watts Towers, a National Historic Landmark in Los Angeles. In 1959, he ran a controlled scientific proof-load test and stress analysis on the Watts Towers that proved them to be stable and prevented the city from demolishing them. He wrote the proposal for a $1,900,000 grant from FEMA to repair earthquake damage to Watts Towers and also a $485,000 grant to repair earthquake damage to the California State Landmark, Bottle Village, in Simi Valley. With his wife, Arloa Paquin Goldstone, he was the author of The Los Angeles Watts Towers, published by the J. Paul Getty Foundation in 1997. You can see a full obituary in The Folk Art Messenger #82.
LARRY HARRIS is an architect, photographer and art collector who lives in Houston. His website: www.narrowlarry.com is dedicated to the documentation of visionary folk art environments throughout the United States.
BERNARD HERMAN is the George B. Tindall Distinguished Professor of Southern Studies and Chair of the Department of American Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is the editor of Thornton Dial: Thoughts on Paper, and many other books. His forthcoming book, Fever Within: the Art of Ronald Lockett, will be published in June. The concurrent exhibition will be on view at the American Folk Art Museum, June 21-September 18, 2016, then travel to the High Museum of Art and the Ackland Art Museum.
JO FARB HERNANDEZ is director of the Natalie and James Thompson Art Gallery at San Jose State University in California, and also the director of SPACES (Saving and Preserving Arts and Cultural Environments)
STEPHEN P. HUYLER, Ph.D., is an art historian, cultural anthropologist, photographer and author. His book, Daughters of India: Art and Identity (2008) was reviewed in The Folk Art Messenger, Winter 2008.
RAY KASS is a nationally recognized artist and a professor emeritus of studio art at Virginia Tech. The founder and director of the Mountain Lake Workshop at Virginia Tech, he produced workshops for Howard Finster (1985), John Cage, Jiro Okura, Stephen Addiss, James De La Varga and Merce Cunningham, among others. He is the author many publications, including John Cage: Zen Ox-Herding Pictures (2009), The Sight of Silence: John Cage's Complete Watercolors (2011) and Morris Graves: Vision of the Inner Eye (1983). His future plans include a retrospective exhibition of the work of the Virginia artist Georgia Blizzard, with Lee Kogan as co-curator. He a founding board member of the Folk Art Society of America.
MINHAZZ MAJUMDAR is a writer and designer engaged in the documentation and promotion of folk art and craft forms in India. For more than a decade, she has been working with artists and craft communities across India, presenting India’s finest traditional practitioners to audiences worldwide.
JOAN PEARLMAN from New York City, has taught at N.Y.U., The New School and the American Folk Art Museum Institute. She recently participated in a two-person exhibition of her photographs in “Woods Hole Women of a Certain Age.”
JAMES SELLMAN is the President of the Folk Art Society of America. He and his wife Barbara have been traveling throughout the world collecting art for more than 35 years and have been members of the Folk Art Society of America for 22 years. They have donated more than 200 pieces of traditional African art to Richmond's Virginia Union University, and they have made significant gifts of drawings and paintings by Thornton Dial to that and other American institutions. The Sellmans have spent the past 25 years supporting African American artists, exhibitions and other academic projects. Since 1978, Sellman has served on the Clinical Faculty of the Medical College of Virginia-VCU Medical School. In 2001, he was recognized by the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill as one of the 35 outstanding psychiatrists in America.
LARRY YUST is a filmmaker and photographer living in Los Angeles. The photographs for the Salvation Mountain article were taken recently and have never before been published. “The mountain constantly changes, and I can’t stop taking pictures of it,” Yust says.