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Jerry Siegel: Responding to Home: In the Heart of Alabama

Lower Gallery: February 24 through April 9, 2016

Jerry Siegel is an artist who observes, seeing the ordinary and revealing what makes it special. The things we look right past in our hurried daily routines, Siegel captures through the lens of his camera. Throughout his artistic career, Jerry Siegel has sought to photograph what his eyes see and what his heart connects to. Renowned photographer, the late Arnold Newman said about Siegel’s work, “This is how it should be done. This is not only the work of a professional but the work of an artist.” 

Siegel was awarded the Grand Prize of the first Artadia Award in Atlanta in 2009. Artadia is a New York–based national program that awards artists of outstanding merit with substantial, unrestricted funds and connects them to a network of opportunities.

Siegel was born and raised in Selma, AL, and graduated from the Art Institute of Atlanta. His first monograph, FACING SOUTH, Portraits of Southern Artists was published by the University of Alabama Press in 2011, and features portraits of 100 Southern artists. This body of work has been featured in solo exhibitions at 6 Museums in Alabama, Georgia and Louisiana. His next book, Black Belt Color, due in 2016, focuses his attentions on documenting the unique, cultural landscape of the South, concentrating on the Black Belt region of Alabama.

His work has been shown in solo exhibitions at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans, the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia in Atlanta, The Telfair Museum, Jepson Center for the Arts in Savannah, GA,  Montgomery Museum of Art in Montgomery, AL, The Morris Museum in Augusta, GA, The Jule Collins Smith Museum in Auburn, AL,  and The Mobile Museum of Art , Mobile, AL.  A commissioned body of work for the Columbus Museum in Columbus, Georgia, was featured in the 2009 solo exhibition Now and Then, Snapshots of the South.
His work is in many private and corporate collections, including the Ogden Museum, High Museum, GA Museum of Art, Birmingham Museum of Art, and 11 other Southeastern US Museums.