A Cast of Blues Travelling Exhibit


EXHIBIT POSTER WATERMARK Photos and Poster (c) Franoise Digel

A Cast of Blues is a multi-media, disability friendly and interactive educational, one-of-a-kind collection of blues musicians’ life-cast masks.  This exhibit presents an up close and very personal view of the actual faces that the musicians themselves modeled for and left to us.  This is a “please touch” exhibit.  The artist invites everyone to touch these masks.


  • Forty resin life-cast masks with mounting hardware and instructions. See below for the list of musicians.

  • One bronze sculpture of Johnny Winter’s hands.

  • Artist’s Statement printed on an 18” x 24” vinyl panel and on CD.

  • Biography – Sharon McConnell-Dickerson in print and on CD.

  • 41 Musician’s biographies printed on 10” x 10” rigid vinyl panels. Bios also include  photos by Damien Blaylock, Francoise Digel, Vivian Heyl, David Horwitz (R.I.P), Ken Murphy, Bill Steber, Marilyn Stringer, and David Dickerson

  • Audio version of all text in the exhibit, with song clips of each musician, on MP3 players. The audio was recorded by radio personalities Chuck Haddix of KCUR-Kansas City, MO, and Gil Anthony of  WWNT-Dothan, AL.

  • QR codes printed on rigid cards for attachment below each mask and on the Artist’s statement. The QR codes launch WebPages with the audio, a Youtube performance clip, and links to other information, including discography, musician’s websites, etc.  This works best if your venue allows smartphone users access to your WiFi.

  • (Click on the musicians’ names in the list below to view each one, and enjoy!).

  •  Or click here to launch in a new page, with images of the life-casts.

  • 41 Numbered Braille label ID tags that guide a blind visitor through the exhibit.

  • A DVD short film about the project, including casting sessions, musician’s interviews, Mississippi landscapes, performances and more.

  • Optional – should your venue wish to reduce the hanging requirements, or drilling holes in walls, we can provide 22” wide x 24” high plywood panels with the mounting hardware and bios already mounted.

  • Please scroll past the List of Life-casts to see photos of the exhibit in several venues.


The following materials will also be provided:

  • Art photography for media and promotional use.

  • Bibliography of Blues and Historical books for adults and children.

  • Lists of available workshops and speakers.

  • On-line resources for Blues events, performers, societies, museums, and organizations.

  • List of schools for the Blind throughout the U.S.

  • Notes on how to assist a visitor who is blind.

  • Suggestions for novelties for gift shop and merchandising.



Sharon is available to attend your opening reception and can also give a lecture and/or life-cast workshop for both children and adults.


Inquiries can be made by emailing Sharon at artist.smd@gmail.com or by calling directly at (662) 526-1020 or (662) 403-0572.


(Please click on the  names to launch the musician profile page)

Bobby “Blue” Bland

Virgil Brawley

Big George Brock

Ruth Brown

R. L. Burnside

Eddie C. Campbell

Sam Carr

Tommie TC Carter

Eddy Clearwater

James Cotton

Blind Mississippi Morris Cummings

Eddie Cusic

Bo Diddley

David Honeyboy Edwards

T-Model Ford

John Hammond

Jessie Mae Hemphill

Vasti Jackson

Big Jack Johnson

James Super Chikan Johnson

Paul Wine Jones

Chris Thomas King

Willie King

Robert Lockwood Jr.

Taj Mahal

Jimbo Mathus

Little Milton

Dorothy Moore

Reverend A. D. “Gatemouth” Moore

Reverend Willie Lee Morganfield

Charlie Musselwhite

Sam Myers

Pinetop Perkins

Bobby Rush

Wille Big Eyes Smith

Bud Spires

Hubert Sumlin

Koko Taylor

Henry Mule Townsend

Othar Turner

Johnny Winter



National Blues Museum – St. Louis, Missouri – 2016

Blues Hall of Fame Museum

Blues Hall of Fame Museum- Memphis, Tennessee – 2016

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Wiregrass Museum -Dothan, Alabama, 2015


E.E. Bass Cultural Art Center - Greenville Arts Council - Greenville Mississippi - 2015

E.E. Bass Cultural Art Center – Greenville Arts Council – Greenville Mississippi – 2015


Galerie le clos d’epicure – Cahors, France – 2014

Martell House - Cognac, France - 2014

Martell House – Cognac, France – 2014

Mississippi Arts Center - Jackson, Mississippi - 2012

Mississippi Arts Center – Jackson, Mississippi – 2012