Recent Exhibitions
Artist and Visionary: William Matthew Prior Revealed
January 24–May 26, 2013
Organized by the Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, New York, this exhibition includes more than 40 oil paintings spanning William Matthew Prior’s career from 1824 to 1856. Through his pragmatic marketing strategy, Prior was able to document the faces of middle-class Americans throughout his lifetime, making art accessible to a previously overlooked group.

A versatile artist, Prior is well known not only for the skill and range of his technique but for the diversity of his sitters. Prior’s involvement with Millerism (early Adventism) was instrumental in his personal development as well as providing access to new clients, including many African Americans.
The Henry Luce Foundation, as the foundation sponsor, provided partial funding for the exhibition and catalog “Artist and Visionary: William Matthew Prior Revealed.” Funding also provided by the American Folk Art Society and the Beryl P. Haas Charitable Remainder Unitrust.

The presentation at the American Folk Art Museum is sponsored, in part, by Joyce Berger Cowin, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and by the David Davies and Jack Weeden Fund for Exhibitions.
  • The Henry Luce Foundation
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