Although our museum gallery is temporally closed and our programs and exhibitions have been suspended, BEHIND THE SCENES, WE ARE WORKING HARDER THAN EVER TO ADVANCE OUR MISSION. Planning for a new TRAVELING EXHIBITION titled “FROM THE ARCHIVES: AN ASSEMBLAGE OF SHARED HISTORY” is well underway.

Shown are items form the DAC Foundation Archives.

This new exhibition, “FROM THE ARCHIVES: AN ASSEMBLAGE OF SHARED HISTORY,” featuring a series of 36 large-format professionally-restored photographs, blended with a unique collection of artwork, and ephemera from the Dixie Art Colony Foundation Archives, tells the compelling story behind the depression-era coterie known as the Dixie Art Colony. This traveling exhibition, opening in 2022, will be our most unique and captivating to date.

The exhibition will chronicle the life span of the Dixie Art Colony, beginning with the tragic event that sparked its conception and culminate with a look at a series of tragedies that ultimately led to its demise. Our next post in this series will feature a preview of the exhibition.

Weaver Broch, circa 1935-1936; Lake Jordan, Alabama; 13 x 17 inches; AME-2020.PH.0003 

DAC FOUNDATION WEBSITE EXPANSION: Soon we will be adding several new Dixie Art Colony artist profile pages and archived documents to our website. Once published the pages will be accessible through our “EXPLORE—ABOUT THE COLONY” link. The first page to be published will be a profile page for Dixie Art Colony artist AMANDA MOON ERISMAN. Also under development are profile pages for Dixie Art Colony artists DORIS ALEXANDER THOMPSON RICHARD BLAUVELT COE and MARTHA GOINGS.

Dixie Art Colony Foundation

Amanda Moon Erisman, 1936; AME-2020.PH.0004

CATALOGING AND ARCHIVAL STORAGE: The process of photographing, scanning, and restoring Dixie Art Colony related photographs and ephemera BEGAN MORE THAN EIGHT YEARS AGO. To date, we have thousands of HIGH-RESOLUTION SCANS in our archives. This year alone, we have added more than a thousand new items to our archives and have received pledges for more.  Just as it is essential to protect your artwork from the adverse effects of UV light and acidic paper, it is also crucial to protect photographs and all types of ephemera from UV light and acidic paper. After high-resolution scans are made of each item, the original is placed in an acid-free polypropylene sleeve, labeled, and placed in an acid-free collection box.


We recently began the process of uploading archived files to our website. Cropped preview images are shown. Full high-resolution images are password protected.  To request a password for access to high-resolution files, email us at

Dixie Art Colony Foundation, Wetumpka, Alabama

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