Meet the Artist: Meet William Christenberry

  • An interview with the artist William Christenberry. As a young man, William Christenberry often traveled the back roads of the South with his father. He studied painting as a graduate student at the University of Alabama until he discovered James Agees book Let Us Now Praise Famous Men. Christenberry was moved when he realized that the tenant farmers in Walker Evanss photographs were people he remembered from growing up near Hale County, Alabama. Although Christenberry creates many different kinds of art, ranging from photographs to drawings to sculptures, his experiences growing up in the South serve as the subjects for most of his artwork. 

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