“You’re gonna be the start of somethin’ new, and you’ll call yourself ‘Saint EOM,’ and you’ll be a Pasaquoyan - the first one in the world.”
- St. EOM
Eddie Owens Martin, a self-taught Southern artist, drew inspiration from many colorful cultures to develop the 7-acre, internationally recognized visionary art environment known as Pasaquan.
Martin’s artistic journey started at age 14 when he left his hometown of Buena Vista, Georgia, to embark on a hitchhiking adventure to Atlanta and Washington, D.C., before settling in New York. In the Big Apple, he worked as a street hustler, bartender, gambler and drag queen. He even gave fortunetelling a try at age 37.
In 1957, after the death of his mother, Martin came home to Georgia and continued his fortunetelling flair for pay. Donning ravishing robes and feathered headdresses, Eddie moved into his mother's old farmhouse and used his oracle occupation to help fund his vision of Pasaquan.
Martin also changed his name to St. EOM (pronounced Ohm) and became the first Pasaquoyan. He continued to work on the art environment for 30 years, creating six major structures, mandala murals and more than 900 feet of elaborately painted masonry walls.
Pasaquan lavishly fuses African, pre-Columbian Mexico and Native American cultural and religious symbols and designs, along with motifs inspired by Edward Churchward’s books about “The Lost Continent of MU.”
After a few years of declining health, St. EOM committed suicide in 1986. Pasaquan began to fade — literally and figuratively. For 30 years, the Pasaquan Preservation Society (PPS) worked tirelessly to preserve the site. During 2014, philanthropic organization Kohler Foundation Inc., PPS and Columbus State University partnered to bring the visionary art site back to life.
“I built this place to have something to identify with. Here I can be in my own world, with my temples and designs and the spirit of God. I can have my own spirits and my own thoughts.”
- St. EOM
Today, Pasaquan is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is considered among the most important visionary art environments in the United States.
CNN dubbed Pasaquan one of "16 Intriguing Things to See and Do in the U.S. in 2016.”
To revitalize the site, philanthropic organization Kohler Foundation Inc., PPS and Columbus State University partnered to restore the artistic masterpiece. After two years of restoration, Kohler gifted Pasaquan to CSU’s foundation.
Columbus State University faculty, staff, students, and alumni have been directly involved in documentation of Pasaquan, the organization of archives and assisting with the conservation process. CSU alumni and students have worked with professional conservators from International Artifacts (Houston) and Parma Conservation (Chicago).
“Pasaquoyanism has to do with the Truth, and with Nature, and the Earth, and man’s lost rituals."
- St. EOM
For St. EOM, Pasaquan represents the future. It is his personal utopia, where all cultures and ethnic groups can come together in harmony and connect with the earth and the universe.
At Pasaquan, St EOM incorporated both spiritual concepts from ancient cultures and futuristic ideas of levitation transportation. In the end, St. EOM was able to communicate the traditions of Pasaquoyanism to the viewers of the future with colorful, pluralistic designs that cover the entire site.
Connecting to his genius to unite cultures and the universe around them, Columbus State University developed a mission, vision and education goals that celebrate and champion the humanitarian values Eddie Martin exhibited in his work.
CSU will also host performances, retreats, tours, artistic workshops and various education-focused programs and activities at Pasaquan to introduce visitors to St. EOM’s extensive body of creative work for years to come.
Columbus State University's priority is to preserve, maintain, provide access to and assist in the interpretation of Pasaquan.
We aspire to give visitors a unique insight into the intuitive artistic process by engaging them through diverse programming, interdisciplinary workshops, lectures, seminars, retreats and performances.
Pasaquan Education Goals:
Become a Pasaquoyan: While Pasaquan is open to everyone, you can join and enjoy St. EOM’s member events. All donations and membership fees will assist Columbus State University with the programming of this internationally recognized environmental art site.
Neophyte (student) members will receive newsletters and invitations to special members-only events.
Individualist members will receive the same benefits as the Neophyte membership.
Co-conspirators membership includes up to four family members. Members will receive newsletters and invitations to special members-only events as well as invitations to family activity days, and Pasaquan coloring pages included in the newsletters.
Technicolor Dreamer: $500
This is a patron-level membership and includes one-year unlimited admission, newsletters, invitations to special members-only events and one private tour a year for 20 of your family and friends.
This is a lifetime membership. It includes unlimited admission, newsletters, invitations to special members-only events and one private tour a year for 20 of your family and friends.
Donate: All donations will assist Columbus State University to maintain this national treasure. Your support provides essential funding that will help preserve St. EOM's utopian vision of the future into the future.
Help us maintain St. EOM’s Pasaquan by becoming part of the movement to preserve this otherworldly historical site.
SEPTEMBER 16TH - SEPTEMBER 22ND 2018
Columbus State University Corn Center for the Visual Arts
SEPTEMBER 18TH - 5:30 PM
California artist, Matthew F. Fisher, will be the Pasaquan Artist and Resident from Sept. 16th - Sept 22nd. Fisher exhibits internationally and his works are deeply influenced by outsider art and the works of the Chicago Imagists. He will spend his days on the grounds of Pasaquan developing a series of drawings inspired by his experiences on the sites. Fisher will be giving a lecture about his recent paintings at Columbus State University, Corn Center for the Visual of Arts at 5:30 P.M. on Tuesday, Sept. 18th.
OCTOBER 4TH 2018
1251 Wynnton Rd, Columbus, GA 31906
12 PM - 1 PM
Tom Patterson, Author of St. EOM in the Land of Pasaquan: The Life and Times and Art of Eddie Owens Martin will be reading from his book and discussing the colorful life and art of St. EOM on Thursday, October 4, 12 -1 P.M. at the Columbus Museum, 1251 Wynnton Rd, Columbus, GA 31906.
NOVEMBER 10TH 2018
238 Eddie Martin Road Buena Vista, GA 31803
Join us, Nov. 10th for Pasafest! The Pasaquan Preservation Society has organized this festival to highlight the cultures of the Southeast. Throughout the day, we will be offering blues, rock, and folk music as well as visual artists who are known for their Folk and Self-Taught styles. Following the tradition of St. EOM’s life, we will also be offering handpicked food vendors, fortune tellers, performers, and much more! Pasafest is a step toward fulfilling our mission as a society by producing programming and fundraising events that will help preserve as well as educate people about this world-renowned visionary art environment!
On the evening of Nov. 10th Omaha Brewing Co. is offering campsites at the Brewery for festival goers, if interested, please choose "Admission + Camping" as your ticket option to save your spot! Campers may set up camp starting at 10 A.M., and there will be a shuttle taking festival-goers to and from Omaha Brewing Co. for no extra cost. Sites are limited so, save yours today!
Gates Open at 10 am. pre-purchase your tickets at Eventbrite for $20 or purchase at the gate for $30
Musical Acts - 12 pm to 9 pm: Crispin Wah - Heather Gillis Band - Rude Dude and the Creek Freaks - iNDEEDFACE - Jontavious Willis - James Husband - Lady of the Lake - Joseph Mosman
Artist Market - 10 am to 5 pm: Kip Ramey - Charles Laster - Sam Granger - Lee Laney - Fawne DeRosia - Suzy Sue Smith - Butch Anthony - Ralph Frank - Bond Anderson - Brett Wykle - Charlie Dingle - Meg Anderson - Katie Lebel - Jeffree Lerner
SEPTEMBER 26TH 2018
On the heels of a significant grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation, Institute 193 is opening a collaborative project space called "1B" in New York City’s East Village on September 26th. The inaugural exhibition features the work of St. EOM, presented in collaboration with Columbus State University and the Pasaquan Preservation Society. The drawings selected reflect the time St. EOM spent in New York post-vision and pre-Pasaquan, as he was building his new identity and belief system and advancing his unique artistic style that has become so iconic in the world of self-taught and “outsider” art. Curated by Annie Moye and Mike McFalls
OCTOBER 17TH-21ST 2018
Pasaquan and St. EOM will be represented at the Paris Internationale by the Atlanta Contemporary. Dan Fuller, the curator of the Atlanta Contemporary, will be bringing a group of drawings from the CSU archives to put on display at the Art Fair.
October 17—21, 2018
Preview, Tuesday, October 16
16 Rue Alfred de Vigny 75008 Paris
NOVEMBER 8TH 2018 - JANUARY 12TH 2019
Will be moving to Athens, GA at the Lyndon House Arts Center. The exhibition will be on view from November 8th - January 12, 2019. This exhibition features a large selection of drawings, sculptures, paintings, regalia, adornments and other examples of art by St. EOM. Through the use of original art, informational text panels, and vintage and contemporary photographs, this colorful exhibit tells the incredible story of the life of St EOM.
Roundtable discussion with Fred Fussell, Annie Moye, Tom Patterson, and Mike McFalls, 1pm, Friday, Nov. 9th.
Curated by Fred Fussell and Beth Sale