A Finding Aid to the Jimmy Hedges Papers and Rising Fawn Folk Art Gallery Records, 1969-2016, bulk 1991-2013, in the Archives of American Art

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.hedgjimm
Creators:
Hedges, Jimmy, 1942-2014
Dates:
1969-2016, bulk 1991-2013
Languages:
English
Collection is in English.
Physical Description:
23.5 linear feet
Repository:
The papers of art collector and dealer Jimmy Hedges and the records of his Rising Fawn Folk Art Gallery measure 23.5 linear feet and date from 1969-2016, with the bulk of the material dating from 1991-2013. The collection documents Hedges's career as a dealer of outsider art and as an advocate for self-taught artists. Records include administrative and sales records, correspondence, artist files, collector and gallery files, exhibition and art fair files, regional files, printed material, photographic material, and unidentified sound recordings, video recordings, and born digital material. The bulk of the collection consists of artist files and color photographs documenting hundreds of artists that Hedges visited at their homes and studios, including Georgia Blizzard, Howard Finster, Homer Green, Bessie Harvey, Danny Hoskinson, Paul Lancaster, A.J. Mohammed, Charlie Simmons, Jimmy Lee Sudduth, Mose Tolliver, and Purvis Young, among many others.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The records of art collector and dealer Jimmy Hedges and his Rising Fawn Folk Art Gallery measure 23.5 linear feet and date from 1969-2016, with the bulk of the material dating from 1991-2013. The collection documents Hedges's career as a dealer of outsider art and as an advocate for self-taught artists. Records include administrative and sales records, correspondence, artist files, collector and gallery files, exhibition and art fair files, regional files, printed material, photographic material, and unidentified sound recordings, video recordings, and born digital material. The bulk of the collection consists of artist files and color photographs documenting hundreds of artists that Hedges visited at their homes and studios, including Georgia Blizzard, Howard Finster, Homer Green, Bessie Harvey, Danny Hoskinson, Paul Lancaster, A.J. Mohammed, Charlie Simmons, Jimmy Lee Sudduth, Mose Tolliver, and Purvis Young, among many others.

Arrangement
Arrangement
This collection is arranged as 9 series.
Series 1: Administrative and Sales Records, 1969-1971, 1991-2015 (Boxes 1-4; 3.9 linear feet)
Series 2: Correspondence, 1974, 1981, 1990-2013 (Boxes 4-5; 0.2 linear feet)
Series 3: Artist Files, 1985-2014 (Boxes 5-9, 31, 33, OV 32; 4.6 linear feet)
Series 4: Collector and Gallery Files, 1992-2014 (Boxes 9-10; 1.2 linear feet)
Series 5: Exhibition and Art Fair Records, circa 1992-2013 (Boxes 10-11; 1.3 linear feet)
Series 6: Regional Files, 1976, 1980s-2012 (Boxes 11-13; 1.7 linear feet)
Series 7: Printed Material, 1980-2013 (Boxes 13-16, OV 32; 2.2 linear feet)
Series 8: Photographic Material, circa 1990-2011 (Boxes 16-30, 34-35; 7.9 linear feet)
Series 9: Unidentified Sound Recordings, Video Recordings, and Born Digital Material, undated (Boxes 30-31; 0.5 linear feet)

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
James R. "Jimmy" Hedges III (1942-2014), was an artist, art collector and dealer of Outsider Art and Folk art in Tennessee and Georgia. Hedges established the Rising Fawn Folk Art Gallery, Lookout Mountain, Georgia.
Born into a prominent family from Chattanooga, Jimmy Hedges was a lifelong philanthropist as a trustee of his family's Tonya Memorial Foundation. His true vocation, however, was as an artist, collector, and dealer of outsider art and as an advocate for self-taught artists. Hedges discovered his love of wood carving as a teenager, when he created song birds, and returned to making art at age forty. Using a chain saw, he carved sculptures of Southerners he had encountered in his travels, including artists. His colleagues in this sector of the fine art craft world were predominantly southern African American self-taught painters, sculptors, potters, and carvers. Befriending them and collecting their work led Hedges to establish Rising Fawn Folk Art Gallery in 1993, building a gallery space in the early 2000s on his 500-acre farm in Lookout Mountain, Georgia.
An unconventional art dealer, Hedges would hand-deliver work to collectors' homes, driving his truck through backroads and stopping along the way to visit with artists and purchase more works to sell. He was an active presence at the Outsider Art Fair and self-taught artist exhibitions throughout the U.S., as well as at Slotin Folk Art auctions and prison auctions. His aim was to improve the economic condition of fellow artists and raise their profiles among curators and critics. Hedges' development of an archive was essential to this goal.

Administration
Processing Information
The collection was processed to a minimal level in 2017 by Erin Kinhart, with the assistance of intern Rebecca McCormick. The 2018 addition was processed by Ryan Evans in 2018.
Author
Erin Kinhart and Rebecca McCormick
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated 2016 by James R. Hedges IV on behalf of the Hedges Descendants Trust and in 2018 by James R. Hedges IV on behalf of Wildcat Asset Managment, LLC.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual records or born digital records with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Preferred Citation
Jimmy Hedges papers and Rising Fawn Folk Art Gallery records, 1969-2016, bulk 1991-2013. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Conditions Governing Use
The Jimmy Hedges papers and Rising Fawn Folk Art Gallery records are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Self-taught artists Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Art -- Collectors and collecting Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographs Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Art dealers -- Tennessee Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sound recordings Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Video recordings Genre/Form Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Folk art -- Tennessee Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Outsider art -- Georgia Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Folk art -- Georgia Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Outsider art -- Tennessee Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Artists' studios -- Photographs Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Lancaster, Paul Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Blizzard, Georgia, 1919-2002 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Mohammed, A.J. Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Green, Homer, 1910-2002 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Simmons, Charlie Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Hoskinson, Danny Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Harvey, Bessie, 1929- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Sudduth, Jimmy Lee, 1910-2007 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Rising Fawn Folk Art Gallery Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Tolliver, Mose, 1920- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Finster, Howard, 1916-2001 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Young, Purvis, 1943- Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
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