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Nellie Mae Rowe

Nellie Mae Rowe (American, 1900–1982) lived on Paces Ferry Road in Vinings, Georgia, and welcomed visitors to “Nellie’s Playhouse,” which one guest called a “wonder of the land.” Rowe decorated her house with found-object installations, handmade dolls, chewing-gum sculptures, and hundreds of drawings, which she displayed in books, lined up on ledges, and hung cheek to jowl on walls. Thanks to a major gift from Judith Alexander, the High offers the largest public collection of Rowe’s artwork.