The Road Less Traveled Exhibition Series


Fred Scruton

Apr. 16 - Sep. 10, 2017

Fred Scruton travels extensively throughout the U.S. to photograph artists and their art environments, bringing attention to these often under-documented sites.

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Ends Sep. 2017

About this exhibition

Fred Scruton (PA) travels extensively throughout the U.S. to photograph artists and their art environments, bringing attention to these often under-documented sites. He frequently befriends the artists he photographs, making return visits to artists who live near his Pennsylvania home and yearly road trips to record the evolution of more distant sites.

Among the artists he has photographed extensively are Prophet Isaiah Robertson’s house in Niagara Falls, NY; Billy Tripp’s Mindfield Cemetery in Brownsville, TN; and Joe Minter’s African Village in America in Birmingham, AL.

AMERICAN SITES: ART ENVIRONMENT PHOTOGRAPHY presents sixty-five of Scruton’s photographs, revealing the breadth and depth of art environments throughout the U.S. and demonstrating that this way of art making still flourishes in communities across the country.    


Fred Scruton

Fred Scruton is a photographer living and working near Erie, PA. After receiving his MFA in photography from Pratt Institute in 1982, he worked for twenty years as a freelance photographer of art and architecture in New York City. He is currently a professor of art at Edinboro University in Pennsylvania. For the past eleven years, Scruton has been traveling around the country photographing art environments. Numerous venues and publications have featured his photographs, including Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art and Raw Vision.


Dig A Littler Deeper...

Read a special Q & A from the responder and artist, Fred Scruton, in our gallery handout.

If you want to learn even more about artist-built environments, you can purchase an in-depth publication from our online store or at ARTspace.

The Road Less Traveled Conference

Scholars, artists, preservationists, educators, activists, art historians, collectors and devotees will delve into the complex subject of artist-built environments during a three-day conference at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center.

Through a variety of performances, panels, and workshops, attendees will share new ideas and broaden the collective knowledge and appreciation of this unique style of art making that is the focus of a yearlong series of exhibitions at the Arts Center.

The conference, titled The Road Less Traveled, is the third Divine Disorder program of the National Park Service’s National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT). In addition to the Arts Center and NCPTT, Kohler Foundation Inc. is a hosting partner for the conference.

Sep. 27, 2017 - Sep. 29, 2017


This exhibition is supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Department of Tourism, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Funding was also provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Kohler Trust for the Arts and Education, Kohler Foundation, Inc., Herzfeld Foundation and Sargento Foods Inc. The Arts Center thanks its many members for their support of exhibitions and programs through the year. The John Michael Kohler Arts Center is a 501(c)(3) (nonprofit) organization; donations are tax deductible.

The Road Less Traveled 50th anniversary program was conceived by Amy Horst, deputy director for programming. The exhibitions series was organized and curated by Arts Center Curator Karen Patterson. Special thanks to Emily Schlemowitz, assistant curator, for the curation of Driftless: Nick Engelbert & Ernest Hüpeden and Folk & Fable: Levi Fisher Ames & Albert Zahn, and Amy Chaloupka, guest curator of The World in a Garden: Nek Chand and Volumes: Stella Waitzkin.