May 4, 2010

Media Contact: Kim Riegel

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      NEW YORK, New York — Birmingham-based photographer Kim Riegel will have a photograph on display in the upcoming “BED TWO” exhibition at Umbrella Arts Gallery in New York. Juried by renowned documentary photographer Harvey Stein, “BED TWO” runs May 13 – June 12, 2010, and begins with an opening reception on Thursday, May 13, 6-8 p.m. Umbrella Arts is located at 317 East 9th Street, New York. For more information on the gallery, call (212) 505-7196 or visit For more information on Kim Riegel, call (205) 979-1268 or visit 

      Greg & Brenda, a photograph from Kim Riegel’s “Observations of Intimacy” series, has been selected for a juried exhibition titled “BED TWO” at New York’s Umbrella Arts gallery. A native of Birmingham, Ala., Riegel was among 186 artists who responded to a national call for photo-based artwork depicting beds and bedrooms. The original request for entries urged photographers to consider that “BED is rarely discussed, is mostly taken for granted, yet we use it more than anything else in the house, spending perhaps one third of our lifetime there, mostly our private lives, including dying.” 

      "BED TWO" is a sequel to a 2009 exhibit held at Umbrella Arts simply titled "BED." Both shows were juried and curated by Harvey Stein, a member of the faculty at the International Center of Photography. According to a New York Times review of the first "BED" exhibit, Stein was inspired to produce the show after being captivated by one of his student's photographs of an empty, unmade bed next to a window. “I wanted to bring the bed from under the radar to our attention in a fun way, in a provocative way," Stein told the Times. The 2009 show was such a success that the gallery extended it into a second exhibition, and Stein plans to publish a book of "BED art" that includes images from the Umbrella Arts shows. A slideshow from the original exhibition can be seen on the gallery's website,

      For "BED TWO," Stein reviewed 840 images, ultimately selecting 45 works by 41 artists. Riegel’s selected photograph, Greg & Brenda, comes from her “Observations of Intimacy” series, an ongoing portrait project documenting couples in their bedrooms. Riegel is one of only six artists to have work appear in both "BED" and "BED TWO."

     Located in New York’s East Village, Umbrella Arts features “rare shows of extreme talent specializing in painting, drawing and photography,” including exhibitions by international arts organizations and guest curators from around the world. “BED TWO” curator Harvey Stein's photographs have been published in such periodicals as The New Yorker, Time, Life and Esquire and are in more than 50 permanent collections including the Bibliotheque Nationale and the Art Institute of Chicago. His website is  

     A photography instructor at Samford University, Kim Riegel has had three solo exhibitions and has participated in more than 20 group exhibitions throughout the United States. In addition to her fine art photography, she has worked as a photojournalist, publishing pictures in several Alabama-based publications, including The Birmingham News, Birmingham Magazine and The Anniston Star. Riegel has also worked extensively in portraiture and commercial photography. She is represented by Jennifer Hunt Gallery in Birmingham, Ala. (; (205) 972-3232)


Greg & Brenda


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