Exhibit featuring art of Mose T opens at Troy University's Rosa Parks Museum

Posted: Wednesday, 15 July 2015

MONTGOMERY - An exhibit featuring the artwork of renowned folk artist Mose T and others will be on display at Troy University's Rosa Parks Museum through Aug. 14.

The exhibit, "Mose T and Friends: Artistic Reflections of Civil Rights," opened this week in the Museum's exhibit hall. The exhibit is free and open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

In addition to Mose T, the exhibit will feature the artwork of several other folk artists such as Bernice Sims and Edwin Jeffery, Jr.

Born in the Pike Road community, Mose Ernest Tolliver became one of the most well-known and well-regarded artists to achieve fame in Alabama.

Tolliver worked at McLendon Furniture Company in Montgomery, and in the late 1960s, a crate of marble fell from a forklift and crushed his left ankle. The accident left him unable to walk without assistance.

Following the accident, painting became the joy of Tolliver's life. He painted steadily until he suffered from a stroke in the fall of 2005. He then remained at home where he was cared for by his daughters, Annie and Dorothy, until he died on October 30, 2006.

Tolliver's work has appeared at such renowned institutions as the American Folk Art Museum in New York, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, the New Orleans Museum of Art, the Milwaukee Art Museum and the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore. Tolliver and his artwork were the subjects of two books: "Mose T from A to Z: The Folk Art of Mose Tolliver" by Anton Haardt and "Most T's Slapout Family Album" by Robert Ely.

For more information on this exhibit or other upcoming events, contact the museum curator at (334) 241-8701.