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
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,…
b. 1931 St. Louis, MO Sean-nòs (Traditional Irish Singing), Irish Tin Whistle, Irish Harmonica Patrick “P.J.” Gannon is an internationally known performer and teacher of traditional Irish music. With his wife Helen Gannon, herself a…
b. 1928 d. 2006 Dixon, Missouri Kloppelei (German Bobbin Lace) Christa Robbins was born in Bernbach, Germany (formerly East Germany). She started her lessons in kloppelei in a formal setting, the Kloppelschulen, or lace school,…