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Katherine Jentleson

Katherine Jentleson
Merrie and Dan Boone Curator of Folk and Self-Taught Art

Katherine “Katie” Jentleson, PhD, joined the High Museum of Art in September 2015 as the Merrie and Dan Boone Curator of Folk and Self-Taught Art. Before she became a curator, Dr. Jentleson worked as an arts journalist in New York. Through her editorial assignments and general experiences at galleries and museums there, she discovered her passion for self-taught artists and their historical legacy in the United States. In 2010, she began her graduate studies in art history at Duke University, where she focused her research on the rise of self-taught artists during the interwar period and completed her dissertation, “Gatecrashers: The First Generation of Outsider Artists in America,” in 2015.

Dr. Jentleson is the recipient of awards and fellowships from Duke University, The Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Archives of American Art, and the Dedalus Foundation. She has contributed research and writing to exhibitions at the American Folk Art Museum, the Ackland Art Museum, the Nasher Museum of Art, and the Studio Museum in Harlem and for the Prospect.3 project at Prospect New Orleans. Her exhibitions at the High include Green Pastures: In Memory of Thornton DialA Cut Above: Wood Sculpture from the Gordon W. Bailey Collection, and Fever Within: The Art of Ronald Lockett. Dr. Jentleson’s recent publications include contributions to Fever Within: The Art of Ronald Lockett (2016), When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South (2014), and “Not as Rewarding as the North”: Holger Cahill’s Southern Folk Art Expedition.

View Katie’s recent TEDx Talk, “Where Does Great Art Come From?”
This presentation was recorded in April, 2017.