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Jerry Siegel

Winner of the first Artadia Award in Atlanta in 2009, Jerry Siegel was born and raised in Selma, AL, and graduated from the Art Institute of Atlanta. 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. His next book, due for release in the fall of 2014, focuses on Siegel’s work in the Black Belt region of Alabama. His work documents the unique cultural landscape of Central Alabama, the area where he grew up, and to which he still maintains a deep connection. Siegel’s work is in private and corporate collections in Canada, Atlanta, Birmingham, Charleston, New Orleans, New York, Chicago, and Washington, DC. 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 in Mobile, AL:  Montgomery Museum of Fine Art in Montgomery, AL; Morris Museum of Art in Augusta, GA; Jule Collins Smith Museum in Auburn, AL; Wiregrass Museum of Art in Dothan, AL; and the Columbus Museum in Columbus, GA.

Ten Things I Can’t Do Without

  1. Laughing with my wife and son, and their constant support
  2.  My family (they keep me grounded) and the memory of my mama and daddy and the things they instilled in me
  3. My dogs
  4. Friends–new, old, the ones you can laugh with, and argue with, and not see for long periods of time, but you know they are always there
  5. Photography–it’s not what I do; it’s who I am
  6. Books, music, art
  7. My connection to Selma, AL (home), and driving around and shooting in the Black Belt
  8. Technology, I love it . . . computers, smart phones–being linked to people, things, information–all the things that are important, all at your fingertips
  9. Intuition, spirituality, inspiration
  10. Memories

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