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The artisans in this category had no formal training in art, it was something they felt a drive to start, perhaps later in life, or in retirement, because they had the fire inside them to create these magnificent collections.
Some sites are left out of this listing, like the Mary Knoll Art Environment, because Mary Knoll was an educated artist by trade.
(Grant County, Wisconsin)The work of a self-taught artisan, the Dickeyville Grotto is a collection of concrete sculptures, structures and shrines dedicated to God and patriotism.
(Sauk County, Wisconsin)World's Largest Scrap Iron Sculpture
(Iowa County, Wisconsin)A sculpture garden created by Nick and Katherine Englebert from 1937 through the 1950s.
Hartman Rock Garden
(Clark County, Ohio)The work of self-taught artisan, Harry George “Ben” Hartman
(Marathon County, Wisconsin)An outdoor gallery of the sculptures of Clyde Wynia
Langlais Sculpture Preserve
(Knox County, Maine)90 acre homestead of self-taught artisan, Bernard “Blackie” Langlais, and his wife Helen
(Marion County, Georgia)Seven acre site consisting of the work of a self-taught artisan
Sisson's Peony Gardens
(Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin)Former commercial nursery specializing in peonies, now a landmark garden.
(Wilson County, North Carolina)Collection of whirligigs built by Vollis Simpson