Carolyn Sherer (American, born 1957), Patricia Foster, 2022, Color ink jet print, Lent by the artist

The Girl Inside Is Wise

Portraits by Carolyn Sherer

May 10 through August 11, 2024

On view in the Wilson Gallery


Carolyn Sherer (American, born 1957) is an American photographer interested in issues of identity. She works in series, making individual images to create a composite portrait of often-marginalized communities. Her past work has featured people with disabilities, people living with HIV, and multiple projects related to the LGBTQ community.

The exhibition features photographs and stories from the publication Old Enough: Southern Women Artists and Writers on Creativity and Aging. Sherer’s images put a face on an underrepresented community of women in the New South who navigate ageism and sexism to express mature creativity. They are confident in their perspective; a strength forged from a lifetime of wins and losses. A visual storyteller, Sherer honors individuality by creating environmental portraits in personal space, yet seeks the bond of common humanity in a direct gaze.

Above: Carolyn Sherer (American, born 1957), Patricia Foster (detail), 2022, color inkjet print, Lent by the artist 

Image courtesy of Virginia Scruggs

“For me, the images are a gate to a story waiting to be told.”

-Carolyn Sherer


Organized by the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, Alabama.

Support and Acknowledgement

This exhibition is supported, in part, by the Alabama State Council on the Arts

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