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Nellie Mae Rowe

Woman Flying a Butterfly Kite, 1981

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Nellie Mae Rowe (1900–1982), Woman Flying a Butterfly Kite, 1981

Felt-tip pen, crayon, pastel, ballpoint pen, pencil, on paper, 18 x 23 1/2 in.; Baltimore Museum of Art, Museum purchase and gift of the Souls Grown Deep Foundation

about the artist

Nellie Mae Rowe (1900-1982) was raised on her parent’s farm in Fayette County, Georgia. From a young age, she worked in the fields, drawing and nurturing her creativity at every chance she got. It was not until her second husband, Henry Rowe, died in 1948 that she found the time as an adult to develop her artistic practice. Soon her house and yard - her "playhouse" as she called it - were filled with her artwork: drawings, dolls, chewing gum sculptures, and assemblages made of cast-off objects. In the 1970s, towards the end of her life, the art world began taking notice of Rowe’s work, with her first solo exhibition being held at the Atlanta Historical Society in 1976.

Nellie Mae Rowe’s work is in numerous permanent collections, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The National Gallery of Art, and the High Museum of Art.

Learn more about Nellie Mae Rowe here.

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