What Has Been Will Be Again

FALL 2021

Jared Ragland’s ongoing photographic project, “What Has Been Will Be Again,” will be the focus of a digital exhibition and archive launching later this year. Over the course of a year-long road trip across Alabama, Ragland has poetically explored the complexities of his home state by documenting sites of historical significance and generational injustice.

“Alabama has known a deep and complex history – from Native American genocide to slavery and secession, and from the fight for civil rights to the championing of Trumpist ideology, the state has often stood at the nexus of American identity,” Ragland says. “By tracing historic colonial routes including the Old Federal Road and Hernando de Soto’s 1540 expedition, the project reckons a haunting yet tender look at Alabama’s troublesome past and tenuous present.”

This digital exhibition has been made possible by the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Jared Ragland’s project, “What Has Been Will Be Again,” is made possible with the support of The Do Good Fund and the Magnum Foundation.

Featured Above: Michael Farmer, 57, fashions a scarecrow next to his garden in Spring Hill, Barbour County, Ala., on Election Day, January 20, 2020. From the series, "What Has Been Will Be Again."

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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