Frank Calloway

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Frank Calloway (July 2, 1915 – September 1, 2014) was 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. He lived in the Alice M. Kidd Nursing Facility in Tuscaloosa. His imagery is primarily agrarian, depicting the Old South as he remembers it. He drew on butcher paper using crayons, pen and markers. The scrolls are either 24 or 36 inches high and Calloway made them anywhere from 8 to over 60 feet in length.[1] While he claimed to be 112 years of age in 2008, research by gerontology experts deduced that he was actually born in 1915.[2]


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.[3]

Select solo exhibitions[edit]

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[edit]

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

Further reading[edit]


  1. ^ Frank Calloway at Andrew Edlin Elisabeth Kley, art net. Accessed online December 15, 2011.
  2. ^ Mr. Frank Calloway, 112 or Only 93 Years Old? Gerontology Research Group. Accessed online 5 October 2009
  3. ^ At 112, artist still going strong, CNN / Associated Press. Accessed online 21 July 2008

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