Queena Stovall

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Queena Stovall
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Born Emma Serena Dillard
(1887-12-20)December 20, 1887
Amherst County, Virginia
Died June 27, 1980(1980-06-27) (aged 92)
Nationality American
Education Randolph-Macon Woman's College
Known for Painting
Movement American Folk Art

Queena Stovall (20 December 1887 – 27 June 1980) was an American folk artist sometimes called "The Grandma Moses of Virginia."[1]

Born Emma Serena Dillard in Amherst County, Virginia, she married at age nineteen and began painting at age sixty-two.[2] She completed forty-seven paintings before her death. The Fenimore Art Museum holds her work in its permanent collection. A major exhibition of her work, entitled "Queena Stovall, Artist of the Blue Ridge Piedmont," was mounted in 1974–1975 and traveled to Lynchburg College, in Lynchburg, Virginia, October 6–25, 1974; to the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum, Colonial Williamsburg, Williamsburg, Virginia, January–March, 1975; and to the New York State Historical Association, Cooperstown, N.Y., April–September, 1975.

In 2010 Stovall was posthumously honored as one of the Library of Virginia's "Virginia Women in History" for her contributions to folk art.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Virginia Women in History: Queena Stovall". Library of Virginia. Retrieved 4 March 2015. 
  2. ^ Congdon, Kristin G.; Bucuvalas, Tina (January 4, 2006). Just Above the Water: Florida Folk Art. University Press of Mississippi. p. 264. ISBN 1-57806-778-2. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Jones, Louis C.; Jones, Agnes Halsey (1974). Queena Stovall, Artist of the Blue Ridge Piedmont: An Exhibition. New York State Historical Association. .

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