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Creator/Created: Jerry Siegel Portraits and Artists from the Permanent Collection

March 08 through June 01, 2014

Over the past sixteen years Jerry Siegel has turned his camera to the South’s most creative forces. Through portraiture, Siegel captures intimate moments with established and emerging, celebrated and lessor known artists. These images reveal the people behind many of the region’s beloved works of art.

By providing details such as what the artist looks like or where they work, Siegel creates an important visual record that illuminates the rich art-making culture of the South. Pairing works from the MMFA permanent collection with Siegel’s portraits of their creators, allows for fresh interpretations of the art works and new insight into their makers. Artists photographed by Siegel with works on view include: William Christenberry, Thornton Dial, Sr., Crawford Gillis, Dale Kennington, Charles Shannon, Mose Tolliver, and Yvonne Wells.


The James W. Wilson, Jr. and Wynona W. Wilson Family Foundation, Alabama Humanities Foundation, River Bank & Trust, Morgan Stanley, and Laura and Barrie Harmon.


Facing South: Portraits of Southern Artists

Publication Date: January 5, 2012
232 pages
$29.95 plus tax
Facing South: Portraits of Southern Artists reproduces, in both black-and-white and color, one hundred portraits of the artists that Jerry Siegel has worked with—potters, sculptures, and photographers. Facing South also includes two essays, one on the nature of photographic portraiture by Julian Cox and one on the regional countenance reflected in Siegel’s portraits by Dennis Harper. Brief biographies of the one hundred subjects are also included.



Photography of installation at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts