Master Artists, Master Teachers

Master Artists, Master Teachers: Five-Time Participants in the Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program

The Missouri Folk Arts Program celebrates the traditional master artists who have participated 5+ times in the Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program.

Since 1984, the Missouri Folk Arts Program has fostered three hundred and sixty eight apprenticeships between master traditional artists and their apprentices. More than five hundred individual traditional artists, many in underserved rural, inner city, and ethnic communities in every corner of the state, have participated in the Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program.

As of 2012, nineteen traditional artists have participated five or more times in the Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program. This exhibit honors those master artists who have worked tirelessly to pass their art form to their apprentices, their communities, and the state of Missouri.


Martin J. Bergin
b. 1939
Overland, Missouri
Saddlemaker & Cowboy Poet
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Johnny Ray Bruce
b. 1939 d. 1992
Bosworth, Missouri
Old-Time Fiddle
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Cliff Bryan
b. 1927
West Plains, Missouri
Ozark Old Time Short-Bow Fiddling
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Gladys Coggswell
b. 1942
Franklin, Missouri
African American Storytelling
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Edna Mae Davis
b. 1929 d. 2003
Ava, Missouri
Square/Jig Dancing and Square Dance Calling
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Patrick Gannon
b. 1931
St. Louis, MO
Sean-nòs (Traditional Irish Singing), Irish Tin Whistle, Irish Harmonica
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John Glenn
b. 1926
St. Joseph, Missouri
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William Graves
b. 1917 d. 2001
Lebanon, MO
“Walking Cane” Dulcimer
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Bob Holt
b. 1930 d. 2004
Ava, Missouri
Ozark Fiddling
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Vesta Johnson
b. 1922
Kirkwood, Missouri
North Missouri Old Time Fiddle
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Richard Martin
b. 1928 d. 2008
St. Louis, Missouri
Jazz Tap Dance
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Pete McMahan
b. 1918 d. 2000
Harrisburg, Missouri
Old Time Fiddle
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Cecil Murray
b. 1940
Doniphan, Missouri
Johnboat Building & Johnboat Paddle Carving
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Joseph “Joe” Patrickus
b. 1947
Camdenton, Missouri
Custom Handmade Western Bootmaking
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James Price
b. 1944
Naylor, Missouri
Wood Joinery
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Darold Rinedollar
b. 1937
Augusta, Missouri
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Christa Robbins
b. 1928 d. 2006
Dixon, Missouri
Kloppelei (German Bobbin Lace)
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Arthur Treppler
b. 1918 d. 1994
Bridgeton, Missouri
Button-Box Accordion
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MFAP Support
The Missouri Folk Arts Program receives support from the Missouri Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, the University of Missouri, and the MU Museum of Art and Archaeology.


Missouri Arts Council

Museum of Art and Archaeology
Missouri Arts Council
National Endowment for the Arts