Dangerous Landscapes: Legacies of Nineteenth-Century Progress in the Age of Climate Change, August 6 through September 24, 2021

The University of Alabama Gallery and the Collaborative Arts Research Initiative are proud to present the exhibition, Dangerous Landscapes: Legacies of Nineteenth-Century Progress in the Age of Climate Change, August 6 through September 24, 2021, with a First Friday reception on September 3 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Dangerous Landscapes places contemporary photographs of chemical and fossil fuel industries in West Alabama by artist and Assistant Professor Allison Grant in dialog with large-scale reproductions of nineteenth-century views of progress published in the 1872 two-volume book Picturesque America. “Climate change, the largest environmental challenge of our time,” writes associate professor of history and co-organizer Dr. Teresa Cribelli, “is the result of a continuous escalation of ideas of progress forged in the nineteenth century when coal-fired factories began churning out goods and combustion engines accelerated the movement of people and products across the globe.” Those images symbolized boundless possibility and unending natural resources, notes Cribelli. In viewing Grant’s work next to nineteenth-century woodcut prints and steel engravings, visitors to the exhibition will see “a reoriented view of this romantic landscape—one where human production and consumption have become fully entangled with the natural world,” writes Cribelli.

Allison Grant’s artwork started out focused on climate change. “Then, while considering the issue,” she said, “I started looking at environmental contamination and the health impacts of living near industry. I now see toxic industrial pollution and climate change as entwined issues that need to be addressed in tandem in order to assure the health and wellbeing of human populations going forward.” As she explained in a recent interview with Jess T. Dugan of the artist collective Strange Fire, one experience particularly illustrates a moment when it all came together for her:

“One day, as I was driving to pick my kids up, I saw a giant plume of dark smoke right above their school. I knew right away that it was a chemical fire. Later I learned that the fire was at an insecticide facility that handles a chemical called pentachlorophenol. There was a shelter-in-place order in effect in Tuscaloosa when I took the image ‘A Chemical Fire Burns 800 Feet From My Children’s School’ through my car windshield. The experience opened my eyes to the present and made me look more closely at the industrial activities that are happening in the landscape my family lives within.” 

Dr. Cribelli writes, “Allison Grant’s photographs zoom in on the Alabama landscape; all the photographs in this exhibition were taken within 100 miles of the city of Tuscaloosa. Her works suggest a narrowing of options as flora, fauna and human populations are threatened by particulates, toxins, and heat-trapping carbon dioxide spread through the atmosphere and embedded in the terrain. The landscapes of the nineteenth century offered a bright pathway to the future; Ms. Grant’s photographs show the complexities of that legacy as we collectively face looming environmental challenges.”

The project also aims to encourage conversations within Alabama about how climate change will impact the Deep South, a region expected to experience profound climatic shifts. Through the placement of images, the collaborators ask viewers to consider how present-day climate change has resulted from the environmental legacy of nineteenth-century ideas of progress. Before and after the exhibition, the project includes a social science component that studies how critical readings of visual material shape individuals’ perceptions of history and the environment, conducted by Dr. Joan Barth of the Institute for Social Science Research. Barth will administer surveys to classes at UA to assess how the public understands visual depictions of the environment both in historical and contemporary terms.

Allison Grant is assistant professor of art and Dr. Teresa Cribelli is associate professor of history, both at The University of Alabama.

A panel discussion titled “An Uncertain Climate: Alabama in the Age of Climate Change” will take place on September 21, 2021, from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. in the Camellia Room on the 2nd floor of Gorgas Library. Panelists will be Christine Bassett, Scientist/Engineer III, Cherokee Nation in support of NOAA’s Weather Program Office, Cribelli and Grant.

Dangerous Landscapes is funded by a Joint Pilot for Arts Research grant from the Collaborative Arts Research Initiative, an interdisciplinary, arts-focused research engine that maximizes the impact of faculty arts research.

Image credit: left: “The West Branch Of Bellows Falls,” in Picturesque America or The Land We Live in (New York: D. Appleton, 1872); right: Allison Grant, “In the Vines,” 2019, archival inkjet print.

The University of Alabama Gallery is an essential part of the education and development of UA students and our community. The gallery, located at 620 Greensboro Avenue in Tuscaloosa, is open Monday through Friday, 9:00 am-4:00 pm and First Fridays 12:00 noon-7:00 pm. Have questions or need assistance? Call (205) 345-3038. 

For more information about The University of Alabama’s programs in studio art and art history, visit our Degree Programs page.

June 4-July 23, 2021 With the Arts Council of Tuscaloosa- 80TH WATERCOLOR SOCIETY OF ALABAMA ANNUAL NATIONAL EXHIBITION 

The Arts Council of Tuscaloosa and The University of Alabama Galleries will host the Watercolor Society of Alabama’s Annual National Exhibition June 4-July 23, 2021 at the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center (DWCAC) in Tuscaloosa. Featuring the work of water colorists from throughout the nation, this event will include a workshop, demonstration, First Friday opening and Awards Ceremony.

The exhibit will be open to the public beginning June 4 during the First Friday Art Walk from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Gallery hours are weekdays from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

The Juror of Selection is Alexis Lavine with Stan Miller serving as Awards Judge. A three-day workshop led by Miller will take place June 3-5 at the DWCAC and is open to a limited number of participants with a registration fee. Visit https://watercolorsocietyofal.org to register. Miller will present a demonstration of his painting technique on Saturday, June 5 at 6:30 p.m. which will be free and open to the public.

Awards will be presented during a reception honoring the winners on Sunday, June 6 from 1 p.m.- 3 p.m. at the DWCAC. The exhibit will conclude on July 23.

One of the oldest watercolor organizations in the nation, the Watercolor Society of Alabama (WSA) was organized in 1939 and has been a continuing and vibrant influence in advancing the art of watercolor painting and has contributed to the enrichment of the cultural environment of the citizens of the State of Alabama. The society sponsors two annual shows, a national juried exhibition and a statewide juried showcase. The location of WSA National Annual Exhibitions changes throughout Alabama offering residents an opportunity to view collections of fine artwatercolorpaintings in their communities.

Nationally known practicing, master artists serve as selection jurors to choose paintings that will be exhibited. Nationally recognized awards judges select, on exhibition site, award winning paintings. The society receives support from businesses, art galleries and art organizations that allow WSA to offer over $9,000 in awards. In addition to the educational benefits of the National Exhibition and State Showcase, WSA provides for their members water media workshops taught by prominent U.S. artists. These classes provide an opportunity for members to increase their artistic skills and knowledge.

This year’s juror of selection for the national exhibition is Alexis Lavine. A resident of North Carolina, she is an enthusiastic art instructor, teaching painting and drawing classes and workshops around the country. Recently honored as “One to Watch” by Watercolor Artist Magazine, her paintings have been published in Splash, The Artistic Touch, The Best of Watercolor, and Watercolor Artist. Creative Art Press has published a six- DVD instructional series, titled “Creative Watercolor Using Photographs” featuring her water color demos. Visit www.alexislavineartist.comfor more information.

Award-winning artist Stan Miller is serving as Awards Judge and will be leading the workshop. He is a signature member and award winner with the American Watercolor Society. He received a first place award in the Artist’s Magazine competition for landscape, and he received the grand prize in theWatercolorMagic Magazine painting competition. In recent years, he visited, taught and exhibited work in Thailand and France. A signature member of the American Watercolor Society as well as an AWS award winner, Miller also teaches workshops and classes in Spokane, the United States and around the world. Visit https://stanmiller.netfor information.

For complete gallery and artist information, visit cac.tuscarts.org/cacgallery.php and www.firstfridaytuscaloosa.comto view the participating galleries of downtown Tuscaloosa’s First Friday Art Walk.

Gallery Hours are weekdays from 9-4 p.m. with facial coverings and social distancing required.

MFA Thesis Exhibitions- Amber Quinn: Two Ways of Seeing & Kelsey Meadows: The Somewhere in Between

The University of Alabama department of art and art history is proud to present the Master of Fine Arts thesis exhibitions of Kelsey Meadows and Amber Quinn, April 2 through May 12, 2021, in The University of Alabama Gallery of the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center in downtown Tuscaloosa.

The public is invited to a socially distanced First Friday reception on April 2 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Visitors must wear face coverings inside the Cultural Arts Center and maintain a minimum distance of six feet from others. The DWCAC is limited to fifty (50) visitors at a time.

Quinn and Meadows, candidates for the MFA degree, have persisted through a year of unexpected challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Last March, as the University and much of the world went into lockdown, Kelsey Meadows exhibited her MA show, a requirement for the degree and a step toward the MFA candidacy, in the Sella-Granata Art Gallery. Unfortunately, because of health precautions, no visitors were able to see her work. At the same time, the original venue for Amber Quinn’s MA show was forced to cancel at the last minute. In July, as COVID precautions adjusted, Quinn was able to hold her MA show in The Arts Council Gallery in downtown Tuscaloosa, with limited attendance and masks required. Little did either student realize that, a year later, she would still be studying and making art for the final part of her degree program under these difficult conditions. And yet, they have both persisted and met the challenge.

Kelsey Meadows: The Somewhere in Between

Meadows’ work consists primarily of ceramics in conjunction with other materials. She researches peculiar aspects of nature to expose the abstract structural elements that form our tangible world. Meadows holds a teaching assistantship in ceramics. A Sykesville, Maryland, native, she earned the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in ceramics from Frostburg State University.

Meadows writes in her artist statement, “I hand-build many clay parts to assemble organic structures. Stretching, squatting, retracting, and moseying about, these irregular patterns exist as gestures, compounded physical behaviors that blend what is external with the self. The unglazed forms emphasize a sense of bareness, a raw portrayal of line, volume, texture, and balance that become animated in display. These somatic sculptures converse amongst themselves, generating a language shaped by spatial relationships, motioning the viewer into an empathic engagement. Observing the world informs my making, through which I gain a greater understanding of the complexity that I see, experience, and consider as I navigate the everyday.”

Amber Quinn: Two Ways of Seeing

photo of a woman in motion, blurred

Like many people of color, Amber Quinn’s family history is not well-documented. In her MFA thesis work, Quinn wanted to focus on documenting stories and experiences of Black Americans that she did have access to, as well as to capture the exclusion and the stigmatization of identity that she and her subjects felt.  She said, “I consider these images to be an extended form of self-expression and to some degree, self-portraits…a visual archive from a variety of perspectives of very specific moments or experiences of a person’s life. However, there are usually multiple points of overlap pertaining to their truth and my truth.”

Quinn said that she intentionally distorts her imagery through techniques such as blurring and printing the photographs on sheer gloss metal, which prevents viewers from seeing the subjects of her portraits fully or in the usual way. “These portraits do not allow an easy read,” she writes in her artist statement, “The viewer must peer beyond the black gloss and underlying metal surface to a deeper realization that although the representation and treatment of Black people has progressed, generational traumas and systematic racism still prevail in America and still negatively impact people of color.”

A native of Jacksonville, Ala., Amber Quinn holds a teaching assistantship, assisting in ART 388 (studio photography). She was the recipient of a Small Grant by the Arts and Humanities Council of Tuscaloosa County for her Master of Arts exhibition, and a National Alumni Association License Tag Graduate Fellowship. Her MA show, Fragmented and Forgotten, will be on exhibit April 16-May 28, 2021, at Space One Eleven in Birmingham, Ala. Quinn has also exhibited her work in the 2nd Annual Juried Show in Recognition of Black History Month and the Annual Graduate Student Show, where she presented a gallery talk on her work. She received the BA in art from the University of Montevallo.

The University of Alabama Gallery is an essential part of the education and development of UA students and our community. The gallery, located at 620 Greensboro Avenue, inTuscaloosa, is open Monday through Friday, 9 am-4 pm and First Fridays 12 noon-8 pm. To ensure the safety of our visitors and staff, visitors must wear face coverings inside the gallery and maintain a minimum distance of six feet from others. Have questions or need assistance? Call (205) 345-3038. 

For more information about The University of Alabama’s programs in studio art and art history, visit our Degree Programs page.

Lucid Dreams- Photography by Sharon Murphree February 5th -March 26th

Aurora Over the River Bank
Sharon Murphree
Image courtesy of the artist
Sharon Murphree works in almost total darkness with a variety of materials including translucent gel and multiple light sources to achieve her dreamlike landscapes. She hopes that to the viewer, “at first glance, the images appear to be a serene landscape or seascape – a familiar horizon that has been seen again and again. But upon a longer look, the idea of what the viewer is looking at changes as they begin to question what they are seeing.” Among her influences are the luminous works of the Hudson River School, and the ephemeral seascapes of J.M.W. Turner. Murphree’s landscapes also reflect her interest in the “effects of humanity on our environment.” She writes, “Climate change and how Earth’s ecosystems and geology in the Anthropocene have changed should resonate with viewers as they are able to see a place no one living today has ever viewed until now. What might the world look like in the future compared to the images I create?”
Murphree, originally from Tuscaloosa, earned the BFA in Photography from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 2018 and studied ceramics at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze, in Florence, Italy. She is the owner of Sharon Murphree Photography and her clients include Tuscaloosa Magazine and the Preservation Society Quarterly.
This exhibition runs  February 5th through March 26th. The public is invited to two  “socially-distanced” First Friday receptions: February 5, and Friday March 5th, both from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., in the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center in downtown Tuscaloosa. Visitors must wear face coverings inside the Cultural Arts Center and maintain a minimum distance of six feet from others. The DWCAC is limited to fifty (50) visitors at a time.
To ensure the safety of our visitors and staff, visitors must wear face coverings inside the gallery and maintain a minimum distance of six feet from others. Have questions or need assistance? Call (205) 345-3038.

Black Belt Artist Project–Photography Students of the Department of Art and Art History December 4th- January 29th, 2021

Black Belt Artist Project Exhibition 

The University of Alabama department of art and art history is pleased to announce the opening of the exhibition, Black Belt Artist Project–Photography Students of the Department of Art and Art History, Friday, December 4, 2020, at The University of Alabama Gallery, Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center. The public is invited to a “socially-distant” First Friday reception for the exhibition and to celebrate the release of a limited-edition book of the project, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Visitors must wear face coverings inside the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center and maintain a minimum distance of six feet from others. The DWCAC is limited to fifty (50) visitors at a time. The exhibition will be up through January 29, 2021. 

Over the past century, the South’s long history of folk art has been explored by a wide variety of writers, researchers and artists. Now, in an exhibition and new book, a mostly younger generation has rediscovered the Black Belt’s rich traditions in the visual arts. UA photography students in the project spent quality time with each of the artists, listening, photographing, and learning about rural Alabama’s legacy. The Black Belt Artist Project is a collaborative project of UA’s photography students and faculty in partnership with Black Belt Treasures Cultural Arts Center and Canon Solutions America. 

Working with a variety of Canon cameras, Associate Professor Christopher Jordan’s students spent two semesters with these culturally unique artists in several counties of the Black Belt documenting their lives and works through photography and oral history video interviews. Then students spent two semesters designing and producing a book that features the photographs, biographies and excerpts from the interviews. “As an educator, it has been a thrill to work with students to document and celebrate these wonderful artists,” Professor Jordan said. “The artists so generously opened their homes and studios to us, providing extraordinarily rich and valuable learning experiences.” 

The Black Belt artists included in the project are Betty Anderson, Betty Bain, Mary Lee Bendolph, Deborah Carter, Mike Handley, Estelle Johnson Jackson, Stephen R. James, Betty Gaines Kennedy, Jeanie Lambert, Jessie LaVon, Charlie Lucas, Andrew and Etta McCall, Miller’s Pottery (Eric Miller & Allen Ham), Doris Pettway Mosely, Mary Ann Pettway, Virginia and Danny Pettway, Mary M. Pettway, Minnie and Tinnie Pettway, Mike Prime, Laura Spencer, and Sam Williams. 

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Students whose work and excerpts of interviews appear in the book are Savannah Biggert (BA 2019, psychology, minor in studio art), Kasandra Boor (BA 2019, psychology, minor in studio art), Aleiah 

Briggs (BA 2020, studio art major, minor in art history), Sarah Cheshire (MFA student, creative writing), Arielle Gray (BA 2019, studio art, minor in art history), Jasmine James (BA 2020, double major in studio art and history), Kayla T. Lawson (BFA major studio art), Sam MacDonald (BFA major, photo and graphic design), Maddy O’Connor (BA 2020, studio art major, minor in advertising), Amber Quinn (MFA student, photography), Holly Ray (BA 2019, studio art, minor in advertising), Kassidy Stewart (BA 2020, studio art major, minor in entrepreneurship), Candace VonHoffman (BFA 2019, painting and photography), and retired social work professor Gordon MacNeil. 

Students who helped design the book are Aleiah Briggs, Natalie Clark (junior double major in studio art and advertising), Rebecca DeLong (BA 2020, double major in marketing and studio art), Alex Gaunt (BFA major, digital media), Angel Greene (BFA 2020, major, digital media and painting), Brittany Pitts (junior double major in studio art and advertising), Anna Sella (BFA 2020, major in digital media and drawing), and Holly Welch (BFA 2019, digital media). 

Photograph of person holding MLK, Jr. PhotographFollow us on Instagram, Facebook or Flickr with the hashtag #blackbeltartistsproject. And don’t miss another Black Belt Artist-related exhibition: Charlie Lucas: Talking to the Ancestors, up now through February 26, 2021, at the Paul R. Jones Museum in downtown Tuscaloosa. 

Sara Garden Armstrong- Threads and Layers

The University of Alabama Department of Art and Art History proudly presents Sara Garden Armstrong: Threads and Layers, August 7 – September 25, 2020, in The University of Alabama Gallery and The Arts Council Gallery of the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center. While Tuscaloosa and The University of Alabama practice safe distancing, the gallery’s exhibition will be open by appointment, Monday-Friday 9 am – 4 pm. We are open Monday-Friday from 1pm-3pm for walk-in visitors. Please see the link below schedule a time to visit!
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Sara Garden Armstrong: Threads and Layers surveys works by Alabama native and UA alumna, Sara Garden Armstrong, representing an artistic practice in Alabama and New York spanning six decades. The exhibition displays works varying in media from handmade artist books to painting to sculpture and installation, which interpret life cycles and metamorphosis using movement, color, sound, texture and light. This exhibition includes work from 1978 to 2020, with works never exhibited before and pieces that have never been presented together.

The exhibition is guest-curated by Paul Barrett, who recently curated For the Record: The Art of Al Sella at the UA Gallery and It’s Like That: Selections from the Collection of Rebecca and Jack Drake at the Paul R. Jones Museum. Barrett represented Armstrong’s artist books at the art gallery AGNES in the 1990s, including the limited-edition mini environment she created for Airplayers, a work in the collections of the Pompidou Centre, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and is featured in this exhibition.

Armstrong has exhibited nationally and internationally since the 1970s. She has had solo exhibitions at John Gibson Gallery, Dieu Donné Gallery, Souyun Yi Gallery and the Bronx Museum of the Arts in New York, N.Y.; and the Birmingham Museum of Art, Maralyn Wilson Gallery, Space One Eleven, and the Alabama School of Fine Arts in Birmingham, AL. Her work has been included in numerous group exhibitions including SculptureCenter and A.I.R. Gallery, New York, NY; Susan Hensel Gallery, Minneapolis, MN; U.S. Embassy, Czech Republic, Prague; Stiftung für Konkrete Kunst, Reutlingen, Germany; Bellevue Art Museum, WA; Contemporary Art Center of Virginia, Virginia Beach, VA.

Her artist books, installations and other artworks are in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art and Time, Inc., New York; Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Bibliothèque Nationale and Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris; Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AL; and others. Her atrium sculptures are included in such corporate collections as United Therapeutic Corporation, Silver Spring, MD. Armstrong now lives and works in Birmingham, where she founded the cooperative art gallery, Ground Floor Contemporary. Her website is http://saragardenarmstrong.com/.

The exhibition precedes a monograph of Armstrong’s work that will be published in the fall of 2020.

gallery installation photo of threads and layers
Photo courtesy of Paul Barrett.

CONVERGENCE: UA STUDIO ART FACULTY

CONVERGENCE: UA STUDIO ART FACULTY
The University of Alabama Gallery
June 1- July 23, 2020, and online:
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The summer semester is always a slower time around Tuscaloosa. Many faculty are working on studio and art history research projects. In that respect, despite COVID-19, this summer is no different and the director Daniel White has organized a thoughtful and surprising summer show of recent faculty work for The University of Alabama Gallery. While Tuscaloosa and The University of Alabama practice safe distancing, the gallery’s exhibition will be open by appointment only. And, online exhibitions have been posted at our Flickr site and on Facebook, as well as examples of the faculty’s artworks below.

Check out this virtual tour of the exhibition, thanks to Daniel White, UA Gallery director:

William Dooley’s studio research in painting and drawing explores the effects of compression and concentration, of pigment, line, form and other elements, including the visual assertiveness wielded by a small artwork, a force often many times larger than its object reality. His work has been included in numerous regional and national juried exhibitions. He is director of the Sarah Moody Gallery of Art and associate professor of art in drawing and art museum practices.

Allison Grant‘s artworks have been widely exhibited at venues including the DePaul Art Museum, Azimuth Projects, Catherine Edelman Gallery and the Weston Art Gallery. She was the 2019 recipient of the Developed Work Fellowship from the Midwest Center for Photography and shortlisted for the 2019 FotoFilmic Mesh Prize. Her works are held in public collections at DePaul Art Museum (Chicago), Columbia College Chicago, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and 4-Culture (Seattle, Wash.). She is assistant professor of art in photography.

Jason Guynes works extensively in oil on canvas and in drawing media and exhibits his work nationally in competitions, galleries and museums. He also has completed major mural commissions in Mesa, Ariz., Joplin, Mo., Philadelphia, Pa., Livingston, Ala. and Mobile, Ala. Guynes has had academic appointments at universities in Tennessee, Oklahoma and Alabama. He was professor and chair of the Department of Visual Arts at the University of South Alabama and department chair at the University of West Alabama before coming to UA. Guynes is professor of art in painting and chair of the UA department of art and art history.

While Chris Jordan’s photography has engaged many styles, ranging from classical large-format, black-and-white images to experimental digital forms, a common denominator is a sense of place and how photography can be used for reflection, memory, and contemplation. His photographs have appeared in Diffusion: Unconventional Photography, Lenscratch, the national traveling photography exhibition, Spinning Yarns, and numerous exhibitions in the United States, Canada and Mexico. A book of his photography, Nowhere in Place: Where Photography and Meditation Meet, is scheduled for publication in 2021. Jordan is associate professor of art in photography and digital media.

Giang Pham’s art practice stems from her traumatic childhood in Vietnam and the painful adaptation in her adopted America. Her works highlight the intangible effects of social and political structures on the body. She works with the materials of sculpture, fiber, video, drawing, collage, and verbal language through larger installations and performances. Pham’s research has been exhibited nationally and internationally in Canada, Pakistan, Korea and across the United States. She was a fellow for the I-Park Artist Enclave in East Haddam, Conn.; the Hambidge Artist Residency in Rabun Gap, Ga.; and the ACRE residency program in Steuben, Wis. Pham is assistant professor of art in studio foundations.

Amy Smoot‘s ceramic artwork has been included in group exhibitions including ArtFields 2019, Lake City, S.C.; Small Favors, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, Penn.; Currents 2018: An Honest Attempt, Gary R. Libby Gallery, Gainesville, Fla.; and After School Special, an NCECA Pop-Up Exhibition, Pittsburgh, Penn. Smoot has been a demonstrating artist at the Kentuck Festival of the Arts, has participated in workshops at Penland School of Crafts and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. Smoot gives frequent workshops, classes and demonstrations, including a 19th-century ceramics presentation at historic Lyon Hall in Demopolis, Ala. Smoot is a full-time instructor in ceramics.

Craig Wedderspoon‘s work focuses on the examination of the intrigue of process and the potential of material to communicate thought in the expression of visual philosophy. Originally trained as a glass and crystal carver, Wedderspoon now specializes in metal and wood fabrication and works in a variety of scales for both indoor and outdoor, permanent and temporary installations and exhibitions. He has shown his work nationally and internationally, including Dorsch Gallery, Miami, FL; Kim Foster Gallery, New York, NY; Sanat Yapin Gallery, Ankara, Turkey; Suzhou Institute Gallery, Suzahou, People’s Republic of China; Southern Illinois University Museum, Carbondale, Ill.; and University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Ind. Wedderspoon is professor of art in sculpture.

Charlotte Wegrzynowski‘s drawings and book arts work have won awards at the SECAC Juried Exhibition and the West Alabama Juried Show, and have been juried into exhibitions including the Meridian Museum of Art and the Alabama Women’s Art Caucus. She has exhibited across the South, including a solo exhibition at The Arts Council Gallery in Tuscaloosa. She teaches in a variety of capacities: drawing, design and watercolor at UA, as a guest lecturer in art appreciation and anthropology, and as a volunteer. Wegrzynowski is a full-time instructor in art foundations.

Tom Wegrzynowski has been regularly exhibiting work for two decades, including Wiregrass Museum of Art in Dothan, Ala.; Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans; and Delaplaine Visual Arts Center in Frederick, Md.; Contemporary Arts Center, Las Vegas; and Transmission Gallery in Oakland, Calif.; and Meridian Museum of Art in Mississippi. His awards include the Trudy Williamson Award for Excellence in Two Dimensional Work from the St. Tammany Art Association in Covington, La. and the Howard & Michael Goodson and Richard Zoellner Purchase Award from The Arts Council of Tuscaloosa. He is a past recipient of an emergency support grant from the Joan Mitchell Foundation. Wegrzynowski is a full-time instructor in both studio art and art history.

Jude Anogwih- The Wall Is a Given Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition

While UA operates in a limited capacity in order to stem the spread of COVID-19, the UA Gallery will be closed to the public. Please call the UA Gallery at (205) 345-3038 for more information. This MFA thesis exhibition is documented and presented in an online exhibition on Flickr and on Facebook.   

The University of Alabama Department of Art and Art History is proud to announce The Wall is a Given, a final thesis exhibition presented by Jude Anogwih to fulfill the requirements of the MFA degree. The exhibition will run April 3- May 22, 2020, in The University of Alabama Gallery at the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center in Tuscaloosa.

Jude Anogwih’s mixed media works, while grounded in the vibrant, gesture of color, have an inescapable three-dimensional component. He makes marks on unstretched, gessoed canvases and on found objects with duct tape, graphite, charcoal, pastel and acrylic. Anogwih explains, “I am concerned with painting as a structure of accumulation…of metaphors, forms, marks, and found objects. This is not dissimilar to memories, embedded on walls of old building or family photo albums, and constructed spectacles such as the favelas in Brazil.”

“With varied media, including duct tape,” Anogwih said, “I spin around an amalgam of dreams, intentions and experiences in sequences that are structurally layered in unpredictable new stories. I strive on a constant basis in my artistic research to conceive ideas that merge lived experiences, my imaginations and the realities of general life to a point of convergence.”

Anogwih’s work has been shown internationally and nationally in many exhibitions including Videonale (Lagos, Nigeria); Biennale Jogja XII (Yogyakarta, Indonesia); “Shifting Africa,”Mediation Biennale (Poznan, Poland); Urban Cadence: Street Scenes from Lagos to Johannesburg, Gund Gallery (Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio); Analogue Eye-Video Art AfricaNational Arts Festival (Grahamstown, South Africa); Jardim Canadá Centro de Arte (Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil); 5th International Festival of Video Art, FIVAC 2013 (Camagüey, Cuba); Imagined Communities, Golden Thread Gallery (Northern Ireland). He was selected as a Goethe-Institut Moving Africa Participant at Salon Urbain de Douala and he won a Goethe-Institut Fellowship to dOCUMENTA (13) in Kassel, Germany, among other awards. He is a founding member and co-coordinator of Video Art Network Lagos.

The University of Alabama Gallery is located in the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center, 620 Greensboro Avenue, Tuscaloosa, Ala., 35401.  For more information about this exhibition and all our programs, call (205) 345-3038.

For more information about The University of Alabama’s programs in studio art and art history, visit our Degree Programs page. 

Unframed Images : Photography from the P.H. Polk

Tuskegee Airwomen

The University of Alabama Gallery presents the exhibition, Unframed Images – Photography from the Collection of P.H. Polk, January 24-February 28, 2020. The public is invited to a First Friday Reception, February 7, 5-8 p.m.

Digitally enlarged and reproduced from his original works, the photographs in this exhibit display the qualities for which Prentice Herman “P.H.” Polk (1898-1984) was known, for example, presenting his subjects in sharp detail with strong lighting without idealizing them. Polk’s subjects ranged from famous African Americans such as George Washington Carver, Paul Robeson, Langston Hughes and Martin Luther King, Jr., to working-class and poor Alabamians. One of Polk’s most influential photos featured First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt in 1941 with pilot C.A. Anderson, an African American and Tuskegee Institute’s first chief flight instructor, which helped promote the newly established pilot training program that produced the Tuskegee Airmen.

Born and raised in Bessemer, Alabama, P.H. Polk (1898-1984) came to study art at the then-Tuskegee Institute in 1916 and opened his first photography studio there in 1927. The next year, he joined the faculty of Tuskegee’s photography department and taught until 1938, including five years as department head. From 1940, Polk served as the college’s official photographer while continuing to run his own studio.

The P.H. Polk Photography Collection, which contains more than 3,800 photographs, is housed in Tuskegee University’s archives. Tuskegee University archivist Dana Chandler said, “This collection represents some of the finest black and white images ever produced — by arguably the nation’s greatest African American photographer.” The works have been exhibited at leading institutions around the country, including the Corcoran Gallery, Washington, D.C.; the Museum of Natural History and the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, N.Y.

The exhibition is made possible through a partnership with Tuskegee University, Mississippi State University Libraries and the Southern Literary Trail.

The University of Alabama Gallery is located in the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center, 620 Greensboro Avenue, Tuscaloosa, Ala., 35401. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 12 noon until 8:00 p.m. on the First Friday of each month. For more information about this exhibition and all our programs, call (205) 345-3038.

Stompin’ Grounds- Photography by Jerry Siegel

We are very proud to present the photographs of acclaimed photographer Jerry Siegel. Please join us November 1st as we celebrate the photographer and the region that has left a distinctive imprint on his life and work, the Black Belt region of Alabama. This show will run November 1st through January 17th 2020.

Born in Selma, AL, Jerry Siegel is a photographer living in Atlanta, GA, and working throughout the Southeast. Siegel focuses his work on traditions of portrait and documentary photography.
His first monograph, Facing South, Portraits of Southern Artists, was published by the University of Alabama Press, and features portraits of 100 Southern artists.

His work is in many public, private and corporate collections including the High Museum of Art, GA Museum of Art, Birmingham Museum of Art, MOCA GA, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, The Do Good Fund, The Telfair Museum, Jepson Center for the Arts in Savannah, GA, The Morris Museum in Augusta, GA, and numerous other museums.

We are closed major holidays and school holidays.

The University Gallery is open weekdays 9am-4pm
620 Greensboro Avenue
Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35401