Fayette Art Museum
The Fayette Art Museum was founded in 1969 by Fayette City Council and Jack Black, who was the Musuem's Director for 35 years. It began with the 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 of Fayette. Other folk and mainstream 20-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.
2019 Fayette Art Museum
*50th Annual Fayette Arts Festival, September 14, 9 am - 3pm at the Guthrie Smith Park.
*Celebrating Alabama's Bicentennial with CPlus for the Festival's Entertainment. It's an outdoor juried arts and crafts show with cash prizes; free art lessons/activities for K-6th grade children and live entertainment throughout the day. The longest-running consecutive festival of its kind in Alabama.
Festival of Trees
December 2 - 31
Local artists, businesses, schools and private collectors design their own Christmas tree to display throughout the holiday season! There will be an Alabama Bicentennial tree. Contact us to be a part of this Christmas event!
530 North Temple Ave.
Fayette, AL 35555
Mon - Fri: 9AM - 12PM & 1PM - 4PM
(for group tours or other times call or email us)
Sat & Sun: Closed
Museum is FREE & open to the public!
Thanks for visiting Alabama's 'Best Kept Secret'!