Current Traveling Exhibit:

The Sepia Magazine Photo Archive: Blues in Review

Curator, Carole L. Anthony

Dates of Exhibition: April 29 – October 13, 2017

Sepia carefully and purposefully documented American popular culture and African-American history with special attention to its predominantly southern and overseas military audience. A select group of photographs debuted at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Museum in Cleveland, Ohio in 2009. As a reflection of the magazine’s purpose, the photographs symbolize the diversity, character, and significance of some of the most influential people in music and pop culture’s history.

Images include: W. C. Handy, Ray Charles, Bo Diddley, Ethel Waters, Nina Simone, B. B. King, Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, Bobby Blue Bland, Etta James, Johnnie Taylor, Guitar Slim, Gatemouth Brown, and more.



Upcoming Traveling Exhibit:

Kirk West Photography: The Blues in Black and White

Curator, Kirsten West and Kirk West

Dates of Exhibition: Nov. 4, 2017 – Feb. 4, 2018

Kirk West, is a professional photographer who has an extensive collection of photographs of Blues icons. Most of these photographs were taken in Chicago where Kirk was a contract photographer with the Chicago Tribune and the Sun-Times. He worked with Bruce Iglauer, the founder of Alligator Records, for many years and took many albums cover photographs of the Alligator Blues stars. Kirk left his home in Iowa and moved to Chicago specifically because he loved the Blues and wanted to be closer to the source.

  • 65 Images including Albert King, Albert Collins, Son Seals, ZZ Top, James Brown, BB King, John Lee Hooker, Buddy Guy, Junior Wells, Muddy Waters, Etta James, Gatemouth Brown, Bobby Blue Bland, Willie Dixon, Johnny Winter, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Big Mama Thornton, Koko Taylor and of course, the Allman Brothers Band, Gregg Allman, Eric Clapton, Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi and Warren Haynes and Gov’t Mule and many more.
  • Four canvas prints, featuring Bob Marley and Tom Waits
  • Framed 30×30 prints of Buddy Guy and Etta James


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