Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities

Southern Perspectives


A Symposium on Photographs from The Do Good Fund

November 4, 2019

Symposium: 9 a.m to 1 p.m.

Self-Guided Art Walk: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Pebble Hill, 101 S. Debardeleben Street

Free and Open to the Public. Lunch included if you register by 10/30.

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Photographers of the South embrace a weighty subject—one that is not always easy to look at—yet still, the work abides, presenting accounts of this place in all its character.

Speakers Lynn Marshall Linnemeir, Bill Ferris, David Carter, and Celestia Morgan will discuss how photographs help frame our region and perceptions of it. 

This symposium is offered in conjunction with an Auburn-wide presentation of photographs from The Do Good Fund, a public charity based in Columbus, Georgia. Since its founding in 2012, The Do Good Fund has focused on building a museum-quality collection of photographs taken in the American South since World War II. The collection ranges from works by more than a dozen Guggenheim Fellows to images by less-well-known emerging photographers working in the region.

The Do Good Fund’s mission is to make its collection of over 500 images broadly accessible through installations at regional museums, nonprofit galleries, and non-traditional venues, and to encourage complementary community-based programming to accompany each exhibition.



9:00 a.m. Introduction
9:15 a.m.

David Carter: Beyond the Ruined Landscape, Beyond Black and White: Pathology and Promise in Southern History and Photography

9:45 a.m. Bill Ferris: Memory and Sense of Place in Southern Photography​
10:30 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m. Lynn Marshall-Linnemeier: Finding Home: Black Sanctuaries in the American South 
11:15 a.m. Celestia Morgan: The South Emerging in My Work
11:45 a.m. Q&A
Noon Lunch
1 p.m. Self-guided Art Walk
4 p.m. Closing Reception at Sunny Slope


Explore more of The Do Good Fund’s collection of Southern photography at venues throughout Auburn. Each location will have drop-in hours from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m., with special activities offered throughout the day.


  • Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts and Humanities at Pebble Hill
    • 101 South Debardeleben Street
    • Southern Landscapes: Photographs from The Do Good Fund, on view October 14, 2019 – January 5, 2020


  • Auburn Public Library
    • 749 East Thach Avenue
    • Southern Portraits: Photographs from The Do Good Fund, on view November 4, 2019 – January 5, 2020
    • *special book display in response to the exhibition


  • The Department of Art and Art History’s Biggin Gallery
    • 112 South College Street
    • Perspectives: Photographs from The Do Good Fund, on view October 8 – November 8, 2019
    • *student works in response to the exhibition on view in Biggin’s


  • The Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art’s Corridor Gallery
    • 901 South College Street
    • Southern Interiors: Photographs from The Do Good Fund, on view August 10, 2019 – January 5, 2020
    • *hands-on cyanotype activity


  • The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Sunny Slope
    • 1031 South College Street
    • Southern Architecture: Photographs from The Do Good Fund, on view August 6, 2019 – January 5, 2020
    • *wine and cheese reception beginning at 4 p.m.



Image:  Lauren Henkin, The life of the flesh is in the blood. Image: 2015/printed: 2016. Pigment print. © Lauren Henkin, The Do Good Fund, Inc., 2016-53.



Last Updated: October 30, 2019