Lonnie Holley: Exploration and Analysis of His Artworks in Two Settings—the Yard and the Museum

Date of Award


Document Type

Masters Research Paper

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Art & Art History

First Advisor

Annette Stott


Lonnie Holley, Art objects, Exhibitions, Found objects, African American art


The contemporary artist Lonnie Holley creates assemblage sculptures using found objects that he then places in his multilayered yard art environment. With the rise in prestige of folk art, many art galleries and museums have displayed the works of Holley, removing them from the yard art environment and placing them in the gallery setting. This paper addresses how meaning changes when the context of Holley’s artworks changes.


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