WMA Artist-in-Residence Sydney A. Foster

Spring 2020

Her work explores beauty and fashion, capturing the essence of the men and women she photographs and showing the rawness and transparency of her subjects. Sydney A. Foster is passionate about the African-American community – especially the women – and ensuring that they are represented equally in all things.

Foster will spend several weeks over the spring and summer in the Wiregrass community, exploring and capturing what makes Houston County unique. Her intent is to create a more colorful and unified community by discovering the unseen gems of the county, be it it’s rich agricultural history, raw and authentic faces, and places of the Wiregrass. She has completed similar projects in Montgomery, Alabama, the subject of her first museum exhibition in 2019 at Wiregrass Museum of Art and Macon, Georgia, as part of a group exhibition “Bright City,” curated by Dashboard, U.S.

Sydney A. Foster, 25, is a veteran, image-maker, and creative director based in Montgomery, Alabama. She was hand-selected at the age of 21 by Alabama Governor Kay Ivey to be a staff photographer. She is a U.S. Senior Airman who was recently deployed to Southwest Asia with the 187th Alabama Air National Guard. Sydney has worked under prestigious photographers including Keith Major, Danielle Levitt, and Jason Rodgers. She owns a multicultural creative agency, USSPECTS, which is an entrepreneurial ecosystem, cultural space + safe place to develop creative, conscious and fresh works while promoting positivity + unity. She received an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Alabama State Council on the Arts in 2019. Foster believes that being able to inspire people through the beauty of imagery is more than power — it is life.

Youth Art Education Policy

Outside of tours, family days, and open house events, individuals who are not enrolled in a class are not allowed in WMA classrooms except by written permission of the Executive Director. Parents may not join children in the classroom during instruction times in order to ensure an atmosphere conductive to creativity. It is important to limit the number of adults to keep the focus on the kids, their learning, and to accommodate limited seating in the studio. Parents are welcome to stay in the museum during class but must remain outside of the classroom during instruction time.

Museum educators are experienced in creating positive learning environments for all ages and are required to go through a background check to ensure the safety of our students. Parents and guardians are encouraged to visit the studio at the end of class to see what their child has created. All docents and volunteers working with children are also required to go through background checks.

Thank you for understanding our policy and priority on the safety and well-being of participating students.

Refund Policy

The Wiregrass Museum of Art may cancel any class with insufficient enrollment; students will be notified and given a full refund. If a student withdraws at least 1 week before the class begins, he/she will be refunded for the full cost of the class. If a student withdraws 24 hours before the class begins, he/she will be refunded for half the cost of the class. There are no refunds after the start date of class, and membership fees are nonrefundable. Students are not enrolled until complete payment is received.

Terms and Conditions

The Wiregrass Museum of Art reserves the right to photograph and reproduce chosen works publication, publicity, and educational purposes. Participation in this exhibition shall be an agreement on the part of the artist to these conditions. The museum reserves the right to exclude works submitted without appropriate preparation (documentation, mounting hardware, suitable frame/mat, etc.), or which are damaged or incomplete. The museum is not responsible for the safekeeping of any works left in its care ninety (90) days after the close of the exhibition.

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Mask Policy

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