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Bearing Witness: Art of Alabama Symposium

November 14, 2019 @ 8:00 am - November 16, 2019 @ 5:00 pm

On the occasion of the Bicentennial, the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts will hold a symposium that will celebrate the rich visual arts traditions of the state—from the creations of Alabama’s native peoples to those of today.

The following related exhibitions will be open for viewing: Alabama Landscapes: Alabama; Through the Ages, Cal Breed, and exhibitions related to Charles Shannon and works by Alabama women artists.  The photograph Shugg Lampley at the Garden Gate by Chester Higgins will also be on view.

Tentative Symposium Schedule:

Thursday, November 14

6  PM    Alabama Portraiture by William U. Eiland, Georgia Museum of Art

7  PM    Reception

Friday, November 15

8:30       Art of Alabama’s Native Peoples by Dr. James Vernon Knight, Emeritus, University of Alabama

9:15       Alabama Landscape by Dr. Michael W. Panhorst, Landmarks Foundation


10:30     Art of Alabama Industry by Dr. Katelyn Crawford, Birmingham Museum of Art

11:15     Art of the Civil Rights Movement in Alabama by Dr. Bridget R. Cooks, University of California, Irvine

noon – 1:30  Lunch

noon      Gallery Talks by Dr. Graham C. Boettcher, BMA (Alabama women artists) and Jennifer Jankauskas, MMFA (Cal Breed)

12:30     Gallery Talk by Dr. Michael W. Panhorst, Landmarks (Alabama Landscapes)

1            Gallery Talk by Margaret Lynne Ausfeld, MMFA (Charles Shannon)

1:30       Women Artists of Alabama by Dr. Graham C. Boettcher, Birmingham Museum of Art

2:15                Chester Higgins’ Photography and Relationship to Alabamaby Chester Higgins, Jr. the artist

3                     The New South School and the Dixie Art Colony by Margaret Lynne Ausfeld, Montgomery  Museum of Fine Arts

5                     Reception for Artist Market

Saturday, November 16

8:30       Panel: Public Art in Alabama, TBC

9:15       Launching Self-taught Alabama Artists to National Prominence, TBC


10:30     Panel: Art in Alabama Today, TBC

11:15     Art and Social Justice, TBC

Noon     Lunch

Space is limited. To pre-register for the symposium contact Brandy Morrison at or 334.625.4365.


November 14, 2019 @ 8:00 am
November 16, 2019 @ 5:00 pm


Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts
1 Museum Drive
Montgomery, AL United States
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