Frank Calloway (born July 2, 1915) is a self-taught artist from the United States. Diagnosed with schizophrenia in 1952, he was committed to Bryce Hospital and the Alabama Department of Mental Health in Tuscaloosa. As of 2011, he lives in the Alice M. Kidd Nursing Facility in Tuscaloosa. His imagery is primarily agrarian, depicting the Old South as he remembers it. He draws on butcher paper using crayons, pen and markers. The scrolls are either 24 or 36 inches high and Calloway makes them anywhere from 8 to over 60 feet in length.
While he claimed to be 112 years of age in 2008, research by gerontology experts deduced that he was actually born in 1915.
While Calloway had always done some drawing, his prolific output as an artist dates from the time he took an art class in the 1980s. Some of his drawings, most of which portray the rural Southern United States of his youth, were part of an autumn 2008 exhibit at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland.
Select Solo Exhibitions
2011 Frank Calloway, Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York
2009 Frank Calloway: Pageants from the Old South, Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York
2006 Kentuck Museum, Northport, AL
Select Group Exhibitions
2009 In Through the Out Door, Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York
2008-09 Marriage of Science, Art and Philosophy, the American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore, MD
2006 Consumer Art Exhibition, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, AL
- "Alabama Man Turns 112, Still Spends Days Drawing" USA Today Article on Frank Calloway (July 2008)
- "Frank Calloway at Andrew Edlin" Elisabeth Kley, artnet (March 2011)
- "LISTINGS: 'Frank Calloway: Pageants from the Old South' " Roberta Smith, The New York Times (May 8, 2009)
- "Out Is In" N.F. Karlins, artnet (January 2009)
- “Alabama Man Turns 112, Still Spends Days Drawing” Kate Brumback, Associated Press (July 21, 2008)
- Andrew Edlin Gallery NYC Gallery representing the work of Frank Calloway
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