May 15, 2009
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NEW YORK, New York — Birmingham-based photographer Kim Riegel will have two photos on display in the upcoming “BED” exhibition at Umbrella Arts Gallery in New York. Juried by renowned documentary photographer Harvey Stein, “BED” runs June 11 – July 11, 2009, and begins with an opening reception on Thursday, June 11, 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

Two photographs from Kim Riegel’s “Observations of Intimacy” series were selected for a juried exhibition titled “BED” at New York’s Umbrella Arts gallery. A native of Birmingham, Ala., Riegel was among 230 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.”

Juror Harvey Stein reviewed 987 images, ultimately selecting 45 works by 39 artists. Both of Riegel’s selected photographs, Scott & David and Tonia & Patrick, come from her “Observations of Intimacy” series, an ongoing portrait project documenting couples in their bedrooms.

The gallery located in New York’s East Village features “rare shows of extreme talent specializing in painting, drawing and photography.” The shows include exhibitions by international arts organizations and guest curators from around the world. “BED” juror Harvey Stein teaches at the International Center of Photography and has shown his work around the world. 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.

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.   In addition, Kim has worked extensively in portraiture and commercial photography. She is represented by Jennifer Hunt Gallery in Birmingham, Alabama (; 205-972-3232)


Scott & David

© 2007 Kim Riegel Photography



Tonia & Patrick

© 2007 Kim Riegel Photography


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