PAINTERSTarleton Blackwell Cynthia Knapp Kevin Taylor
PHOTOGRAPHERSJulia Cart William Christenberry Eliot Dudik William Eggleston Walker Evans Gary Geboy Alberto Korda Jack Leigh Kendall Messick Kathleen Robbins Arthur Rothstein Anne Rowland Roberto + Osvaldo Salas Richard Sexton Jerry Siegel Ben Gately Williams Ernest Withers
SCULPTORSBill Long Rod Moorhead
Throughout his artistic career, Jerry Siegel has sought to photograph what his eyes see and what his heart connects to. Renown photographer 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.”
Winner of the first Artadia Award in Atlanta in 2009, Siegel was born and raised in Selma, AL, and graduated from the Art Institute of Atlanta. While successfully maintaining a commercial photography studio in Atlanta since the 1980’s, he found his passion in doing his own personal work.
His first book, Facing South: Portraits of Southern Artists, was published by the University of Alabama Press and Jule Collins Smith Museum in Auburn, AL.
Facing South reproduces, in both black-and-white and color, one hundred of these portraits of the artists that Siegel has worked with.
Facing South is currently featured in an exhibition at the Telfair Museum, Jepson Center for the Arts. It has been exhibited at the Jule Collins Smith Museum in Auburn, AL, and at the Mobile Museum of Art in Mobile, AL.
Select portraits from the show were featured at the Morris Museum in Augusta to celebrate their 20th anniversary.
His next book, due for release in the fall of 2014, focuses on Siegel’s work in the Black Belt region of Alabama. Siegel’s work documents the unique, cultural landscape of Central Alabama, the area where he grew up, and still maintains a deep connection.
Siegel’s work is in private and corporate collections in Atlanta, Birmingham, Charleston, New Orleans, New York, Chicago, Washington, DC, and Canada.
Some of the permanent public collections that include his work are The Telfair Museum, Jepson Center for the Arts in Savannah, GA; The Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans, LA; The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia in Atlanta, GA; Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, AL: Georgia Museum of Art, Athens, GA; Montgomery Museum of Fine Art in Montgomery, AL; Morris Museum of Art, Augusta, GA; Jule Collins Smith Museum, Auburn, AL; Wiregrass Museum of Art in Dothan, AL; The Columbus Museum in Columbus, GA.