Master Artists/Master Teachers
Master Artists, Master Teachers: The Most Prolific Participants in the Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program
In this online exhibition, the Missouri Folk Arts Program celebrates the traditional master artists who have participated 5 or more times in the Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program.
Since 1984, the Missouri Folk Arts Program has fostered hundreds of 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 had 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.
Online exhibition curated by student workers Darcy Holtgrave and Claire Schmidt
Cecil Murray is a self-described “river rat.” Born and raised in Doniphan, Missouri near the Current River, Mr. Murray has been involved in the building of johnboats and the carving of johnboat guide paddles since…
Joseph “Joe” Patrickus
b. 1947 Camdenton, Missouri Custom Handmade Western Bootmaking Apprentices: 1987 Joe Patrickus, III & Franklin Holler 1989 Kathleen Patrickus Flanders 1990 Kathleen Patrickus Flanders 2002 Kathleen Patrickus Flanders 2007 Stephen Mino Joe Patrickus II was…
Johnny Ray Bruce
b. 1939 d. 1992 Bosworth, Missouri Old-Time Fiddle Johnny Ray Bruce was born April 28, 1939 and as an adult lived about a mile outside of the small town of Bosworth, Missouri, in Carroll County….
Edna Mae Davis
b. 1929 d. 2003 Ava, Missouri Square/Jig Dancing and Square Dance Calling Any conversation about the notable music tradition of Ava, Missouri is incomplete without mention of Edna Mae Davis, square dance caller and…
b. 1917 d. 2001 Lebanon, MO “Walking Cane” Dulcimer When William Graves was asked in 1987 if there was anything in particular he wanted to include in TAAP publicity about his art or his life,…