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Facing South: Portraits of Southern Artists by Jerry Siegel

Jepson Center April 16 - September 15, 2013

Jerry Siegel’s photographic portraits of southern visual artists compose a highly personal survey of some of the most interesting inhabitants of our region. An Alabama native, Siegel has spent the last 17 years traveling the area to capture the likenesses of both well-known and emerging artists in their familiar settings. Facing South assembles approximately 50 black-and-white and color portraits of Siegel’s subjects, including Benny Andrews, Radcliffe Bailey, William Christenberry, Lamar Dodd, Ida Kohlmeyer, Charlie Lucas, Charles Shannon, and Kathryn Windham. Expressive, intimate, and evocative, Siegel’s body of work offers sensitive insights into the region’s creative soul.

Jerry Siegel, a highly-regarded photographer from Selma, Alabama, has worked as a fine art, advertising, and corporate photographer for the last two decades. Like many artists, Siegel is continuously drawn to his roots; he considers his photography to be “a journey to [his] beginning.” Siegel attended the University of South Alabama in Mobile and later graduated from the Art Institute of Atlanta. His work has been exhibited in the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans, the Montgomery Museum of Fine Art, the Jule Collins Smith Museum in Auburn, and the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia.

This exhibition is organized by the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art of Auburn University.
It is accompanied by a 232-page hardcover catalogue published by the University of Alabama Press.

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Related Programs

Director’s Circle Preview Reception
Thursday, May 9 | 5 pm | JC – RSVP 912.790.8844

Members’ Lecture by Jerry Siegel, Reception to follow
Thursday, May 9 | 6 pm | JC

Courtney McNeil, Telfair Curator of Art, will lead a conversation with photographer Jerry Siegel. Siegel will show and discuss images of his work including portraits of noted southern artists from the Facing South series. A reception will follow the program.

Free to members. This lecture program and reception sponsored by the Telfair Academy Guild.

An Artist’s Portrait: A Photographic Workshop with Jerry Siegel

Instructor: Jerry Siegel

Saturday, June 22 | 10-5pm

Members $185; non-members $200

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Jerry Siegel; Thornton Dial, Alabama, 2007