Self-Taught Artist Thornton Dial

Thornton Dial
Indianapolis Museum of Art

Stars of Everything, 2004
With virtually no education (Dial cannot read or write), he crafted materials largely for his own pleasure until the 1980s, when he found himself out of a job. Another self-taught artist introduced him to Will Arnett, an Atlanta-based collector who holds a passion for "vernacular" southern black artists. Arnett helped Dial think of himself as an artist and placed his work in collections and on public view.

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