A TALENT FORGOTTEN: The Art of Edith Lake Wilkinson


Huntington Museum of Art 2016 exhibition catalogue

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It has been close to 60 years since West Virginia artist Edith Lake Wilkinson died in Huntington, West Virginia, in 1957 after spending the final decades of her life in the city’s state asylum. When the exhibit titled A TALENT FORGOTTEN: The Art of Edith Lake Wilkinson goes on view at the Huntington Museum of Art on July 2, 2016, the artist will finally receive some recognition for her work in a city where she lived for many years under the care of state.

“The Huntington Museum of Art is very pleased to be the first art museum in West Virginia to own a number of original works by her,” said Geoffrey K. Fleming, HMA’s Executive Director. “This is also a historically important occasion for a number of reasons. It will be the first major exhibition of Edith Lake Wilkinson’s artwork in nearly a century in her home state of West Virginia, and it is the largest number of her works ever assembled for exhibition.”