Folk Masters: A Portrait of America at the Virginia Festival of the Book

March 21, 2018

Central JMRL Library

201 E Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

2:00pm, free and open to the public

The Virginia Festival of the Book and the Virginia Folklife Program present author Barry Bergey and photographer Tom Pich of Folk Masters: A Portrait of America, sharing their stunning tribute to National Heritage Fellows, in conversation with Virginia folklorist Jon Lohman.

Barry Bergey is the former director of Folk and Traditional Arts at the National Endowment for the Arts. He and photographer Tom Pich spent years and traveled thousands of miles to capture incredibly beautiful portraits of these folk and traditional artists, selected for the NEA’s highest honor.

“This beautiful, informative, and exquisitely produced book features 100 extraordinary traditional artists from across America, each a recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowship―the nation’s highest award for excellence in the folk and traditional arts. Folk Masters is a stunning tribute to the great diversity of cultures and artistic traditions that enrich our country.” –Marjorie Hunt, Folklife Curator, Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage