in Oxford Art Online
P ublished online May 2015 .
Reference Entry. Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art; Painting; Sculpture and Carving; Textiles and Embroidery; 18th-Century Art; Art of the United States; 19th-Century Art; 20th-Century Art; Contemporary Art. 2100 words.
Folk art, or vernacular art (specific to a group or place), developed in Colonial America out of necessity when individual households produced most of the utilitarian objects required...