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Bearing Witness


Bearing Witness: Art of Alabama
November 14–16, 2019

On the occasion of the Bicentennial, the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts will hold a symposium that will celebrate the rich visual arts traditions of the state—from the creations of Alabama’s native peoples to those of today.


Space is limited and registration is by session. All symposium sessions are free to attend. Read Herring will be on-site at the Museum with books by speakers available for purchase.

If you have any questions, contact Brandy Morrison at or 334.625.4365.


Thursday, November 14

6–7 PM Alabama Portraiture
William U. Eiland, Georgia Museum of Art
7  PM Reception [$10]

Friday, November 15

8:30–9:15 AM Art of Alabama’s Native Peoples
Dr. Vernon James Knight, Emeritus, University of Alabama
9:15–10 AM Alabama Landscapes
Dr. Michael W. Panhorst, Landmarks Foundation
10 AM /////Break/////
10:30–11:15 AM Art of Alabama Industry
Dr. Katelyn Crawford, Birmingham Museum of Art
11:15 AM to Noon Art of the Civil Rights Movement in Alabama
Dr. Bridget R. Cooks, University of California, Irvine
Noon to 1:30 PM Buffett Lunch [$20]
Noon to 12:30 PM Gallery Talk: Alabama Women Artists
Dr. Graham C. Boettcher, BMA
Noon to 12:30 PM Gallery Talk: Cal Breed
Dr. Jennifer Jankauskas, MMFA
12:30–1 PM Gallery Talk: Alabama Landscapes
Dr. Michael W. Panhorst, Landmarks
1–1:30 PM Gallery Talk: Self-Taught Alabama Artists
Dr. Richard J. Powell, Duke University
1:30–2:15 PM Women Artists of Alabama
Dr. Graham C. Boettcher, Birmingham Museum of Art
2:15–3 PM Chester Higgins’ Photography and Relationship to Alabama
Chester Higgins, Jr. the artist
3 PM /////Break/////
3:15–4 PM The New South School and the Dixie Art Colony
Margaret Lynne Ausfeld, MMFA
4–4:30 PM Gallery Talk: The Photograph Shugg Lampley at the Garden Gate
Chester Higgins Jr., the artist
4–4:30 PM Gallery Talk: Charles Shannon
Margaret Lynne Ausfeld, MMFA
5 PM Reception for Artist Market [$10] (Learn More)

Saturday, November 16

9–10 AM Panel Discussion: Public Art in Alabama
Moderated by Dr. Elliot A. Knight, Alabama State Council on the Arts featuring Dennis Harper, Jule Collins Smith Museum, Chintia Kirana, Expose Art, Dana Lemmer, Wiregrass Museum of Art, and Deborah Velders, Mobile Museum of Art
10–10:45 AM The Emergence of Self-Taught Alabama Artists to National Prominence
Dr. Richard J. Powell, Duke University
10:45 AM /////Break/////
11 AM to Noon Panel Discussion: Art in Alabama Today
Featuring Peter Baldaia, Huntsville Museum of Art, Stan Hackney, Mobile Museum of Art, Dr. Jennifer Jankauskas, MMFA, and Peter Prinz, Space One Eleven
Noon Boxed Lunch [$15]

Lead Sponsors

Alabama Humanities Foundation

Alabama State Council on the Arts


Birmingham Museum of Art

Expose Art

Huntsville Museum of Art

Landmarks Foundation

Mobile Museum of Art

Space One Eleven

Wiregrass Museum of Art

Signature Event

Alabama Bicentennial Commission


Image credit

John Kelly Fitzpatrick (American, 1888–1953), Saturday Morning, 1935, oil on Masonite, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, Alabama, Gift of Works Progress Administration, 1935.7