Dixie Art Colony

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The Dixie Art Colony was an art colony in Alabama from 1933 to 1948.


The colony was established by John Kelly Fitzpatrick (1888-1953), Sallie B. Carmichael and her daughter Warree Carmichael LeBron in 1933.[1][2][3][4] The idea was to establish an artist colony to paint and train burgeoning artists in the South.[1]

From 1937, they met at Poka Hutchi ("gathering of picture writers" in Creek Indian parlance), a small cabin on Lake Jordan.[1][5] Later, Frank W. Applebee, the Chair of the School of Art and Architecture at Auburn University and a painter, joined the colony, as did Genevieve Southerland, Anne Goldthwaite and Lamar Dodd (1909-1996).[1][5]

The colony last met in 1948.[1]

Dixie Art Colony Foundation founded in 2015 to reintroduce the art world to Kelly Fitzpatrick and Poka Hutchi. [6]


  1. ^ a b c d e Encyclopedia of Alabama: John Kelly Fitzpatrick
  2. ^ Rebecca Mark (ed.), Robert C. Vaughan (ed.), The South, Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Publishing Group, 2004 , p. 58 [1]
  3. ^ Ted Olson (ed.), CrossRoads: A Southern Culture Annual, Macon, Georgia: Mercer University Press, 2004, p. 110 [2]
  4. ^ Joe Allen Turner, Jan Wood, Wetumpka, Mount Pleasant, South Carolina: Arcadia Publishing, 2014, p. 116 [3]
  5. ^ a b The Johnson Collection
  6. ^ http://dixieartcolony.org/ Mark Harris, Dixie Art Colony Foundation