TROY - Painter Mike Howard and photographer Jerry Siegel will explore the scenes and images of their home state of Alabama in a pair of exhibits on display at the Johnson Center for the Arts.
Howard’s “A Journey Home” and Siegel’s “Responding to Home: In the Heart of Alabama” are on display at the Johnson Center through April 9, in partnership with Troy University.
Both artists are Alabama natives, and the exhibits explore the rural South through both artists’ respective mediums.
Howard, whose mother and her family are from Troy and Sandfill in Pike County, attended the University of Georgia before being accepted to the prestigious Whitney Museum Independent Study program in New York City. Today, he has studios in Brooklyn and Hurtsboro, Ala., where he focuses on large canvas paintings of the rural country life of his childhood. A collection of Howard's paintings is on display inside Troy University's new riverfront location in Phenix City.
Siegel, born and raised in Selma, is a graduate of the Art Institute of Atlanta. His first monograph, FACING SOUTH: Portraits of Southern Artists, has been featured in solo exhibitions at six museum in Alabama, Georgia and Louisiana. Through his work, Siegel coveys a strong sense of place, and how a region, community and home shapes who people are.
Both artists will discuss their work during a reception and art talk at the Johnson Center on Friday, Feb. 26, at 6 p.m.
The Johnson Center is located on the 300 block of East Walnut Street in downtown Troy. Admission is free and open to the public.