Katherine Jentleson has been named the first Merrie and Dan Boone Curator of Folk and Self-Taught Art at Atlanta’s High Museum of Art. The museum made the announcement today, which comes five months after it shared news of a $2.5 million gift from collectors and philanthropists Dan Boone and his late wife Merrie Boone to establish the position and support its broader activities in the field. Jentleson starts in the new position in September.
Jentleson is currently an art history Ph.D. candidate at Duke University and the 2014–15 Douglass Foundation Predoctoral Fellow in American Art at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C., according to the museum’s release. She also previously worked at the American Folk Art Museum, which is based in New York, has curated a number of shows, and published widely.
“Katherine’s rich and varied experiences as a museum professional and scholar make her well-positioned to guide the growth of the department and exhibition program, while also utilizing emerging technologies to deeply engage our audiences with the folk and self-taught art collection,” David Brenneman, the High’s director of collections and exhibitions, said in a statement released to press.
The High has strong holdings in the area of folk and self-taught art, including pieces by Clementine Hunter, Bill Traylor, Howard Finster, and Sister Gertrude Morgan.
You can have a look at quite a few selections from the High’s collection on its website, right here.