04.01.2016 - 09.11.2016

The Storied South: Voices of Writers and Artists

Author, scholar and renowned folklorist William Ferris has been working to document and preserve Southern culture for nearly fifty years. In 2013, the results of his work was published in the highly acclaimed book, The Storied South: Voices of Writers and Artists (UNC Press), which compiled decades’ worth of personal one-on-one interviews with the South’s greatest luminaries, from writers Eudora Welty and Alice Walker to photographer William Eggleston to musician Pete Seeger and historian C. Vann Woodward. As Ferris writes, “Together, they share a common interest in, a passion for, and an obsession with the American South that define how they write, compose, photograph, and paint.”

The book reveals how storytelling is innately tied to southern identity and how the work of these southern or southern-inspired creators has shaped the way Americans think and talk about the South.

The Museum is excited to host the related exhibit that was created and debuted with the book’s release at the Center for the Study of the America South at UNC Chapel Hill in 2013. This traveling exhibit features forty-five of Ferris’ striking photographic portraits from the book. The Storied South: Voices of Writers and Artists is available in our Museum store. 

The exhibit will be on view at the Museum in the balcony galleries through September 18, 2016.


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