Anne Perry-Uhlman FAM
530 Temple Avenue North
Fayette, AL 35555
Phone: (205) 932-8727
Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Monday – Friday
The West Alabama Regional Commission has produced a cd that highlights the Fayette Art Museum.
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The Fayette Art Museum was founded in 1969 by the Fayette City Council and Jack Black, who was the Museum’s Director for 35 years. It began with a gift from Lois Wilson, a Fayette native, of her art collection, which ultimately totaled 2,600 pieces of her own and of other artists’ work. Wilson died poor and obscure in Yonkers, NY, in 1980 at the age of 75. Black, who died in 2004 at age of 79, shepherded the Fayette Art Museum from its fragile birth to its solid presence as an icon of Southern pride in its arts. Initially housed in Fayette City Hall, the museum is now located in Fayette Civic Center, originally the Fayette Grammar School, built in the 1930’s and restored in 1982. There are now over 4000 pieces in the permanent collection with over 500 running feet of display space on the main floor of the Civic Center and 6 folk art galleries downstairs, as well as a gallery used for the Director/Curator’s office.
Artists include internationally known Fayette native Jimmy Lee Sudduth; Rev. Benjamin F. Perkins; Fred Webster of Berry; Sybil Gibson of Jasper; Jessi LaVon of central Alabama; Wanda Teel of north Alabama; Moses T and Doug Odom of south Alabama; Margarette Scruggs of Walker county, and Lois Wilson. Other folk and mainstream 20th-century American artists are also represented.
The Fayette Art Museum put Fayette (pop. 5,000) on the tourist map when in 1999 National Geographic flagged the museum as a regional attraction.
Fayette Arts Council
The Fayette Arts Council sponsors performances throughout the year at the Civic Center, a renovated 1930 school building now privately endowed by local benefactors. In addition to the 350-seat auditorium, a dining room and conference facilities, the Civic Center is also the home of the Fayette Art Museum.
The Fayette Arts Council presents a series of concerts each year at the 365 seat Fayette Civic Center Auditorium. Past performances have included concerts by The Alabama Symphony Orchestra, The Glenn Miller Orchestra, The Kingston Trio and The Platters.
Information Concerning the Fayette Arts Council may be obtained by writing to:
The Fayette Arts Council,c/o The Citizens Bank of Fayette, P.O. Box 706, Fayette, AL 35555