Nina Howell Starr

Nina Howell Starr (Am. 1903-2000), a photography student at Florida state University and self-proclaimed “folk art hound,” was shown photographs of Minnie Evans’s work by a friend. In black and white, she enlarged the images in her darkroom. The graphic strength of the marks compelled Starr to travel to Wilmington to meet Minnie Evans. A close friendship developed which lasted until Evans’s death. Starr wrote and lectured extensively about the artist, promoted and organized exhibitions of her work, taped interviews with the artist from 1962-1973, archived letters and documents on Evans and was largely responsible for the art world’s discovery of her. As Evans referred to her, “This is Mrs. Starr, president of my pictures in New York.”