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b. 1958, Selma, Alabama

Throughout his artistic career, Jerry Siegel has sought to photograph what his eyes see and what his heart connects to.  Upon first glance, his images appear simple, easily understood and then like an elusive poem, the unsaid meanings emerge, often conveying an unnamable sadness and sense of absence.  The renowned master photographer Arnold Newman once 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.” 

Born and raised in Selma, Alabama, Siegel studied at the University of South Alabama in Mobile and the Art Institute of Atlanta, where he graduated with honors.  While successfully maintaining a commercial photography studio in Atlanta since the 1980’s, he found his passion in doing his own personal work.  Like a wanderer, Siegel began traveling the South seeking his subject matter.  Perfecting the art of portraiture and understanding how to capture a person’s individualism for his many corporate clients helped him to understand the sensibility required in what became his Portraits of Southern Artists project, now including over 70 images.  Anna Minges of The Ogden Museum of Art wrote of this series as “three generations of the most important artists whose work has come to define the genre.”

Siegel’s work has been in solo exhibitions at The Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans, Alabama Arts Council in Montgomery, Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia in Atlanta and Rebekah Jacob Gallery in Charleston. His work is in private and corporate collections in Canada, South Africa, New York, Charleston, Atlanta, Birmingham, and New Orleans.  Permanent public collections that include his work are The Telfair Museum in Savannah, The Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans, The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia in Atlanta, The Jule Collins Smith Museum in Auburn, AL, The Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts in Montgomery, AL, The Wiregrass Museum of Art in Dothan, AL and The Louisiana Arts and Science Museum in Baton Rouge, LA.

In 2007 Siegel’s series, Rt 2, Box 348E about his family home in Selma, was featured in the exhibition Responding to Home at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia in Atlanta.  Other exhibitions during 2007 include: Southern Artists at The Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans, Black Belt Color at the Julie Collins Smith Museum in Auburn, Alabama (2007) and Black Belt Panoramas at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts (2008) in Montgomery, Alabama.   Currently, his solo exhibition Now and Then: Snapshots of the South, is on view from August 1, 2009- January 31, 2010 at the Columbus Museum of Art in Columbus, Georgia.  Siegel is an Artadia 2009 Awardee.