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 though 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.

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620 Greensboro Avenue
Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35401

 

Five Decades of Art by Al Sella Featured at The University of Alabama Gallery

The University of Alabama Gallery will present For the Record: The Art of Al Sella, August 2-September 27, 2019. The Alvin C. Sella, "Untitled," 1964, oil on canvas, Collection of the Birmingham Museum of Art; Gift of Alvin C. Sella through the Museum Art Education Council.public is invited to a reception on Friday, September 6 (First Friday in downtown Tuscaloosa), from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Works from the Sella Estate, the Birmingham Museum of Art, the Sarah Moody Gallery of Art and private collections, will be on display.

Noted Guatemalan artist and arts educator Carlos Mérida wrote, “Sella has fertile imagination, variety, and is a colorist of first quality,” in Mérida’s introduction to the catalog for Sella’s solo exhibition at the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City in 1946.

“The rumors are indeed true,” beamed UA Gallery director Daniel White. “We have been working hard behind the scenes for many months for this show, and we are proud to announce that we will have a solo survey of Al Sella’s work at the UA Gallery in August! Paul Barrett, the guest curator for this exhibition, has brought together a great group of collectors and institutions as we celebrate the work of Professor Sella as it stands on its own.”

“The exhibition includes paintings, assemblages and prints from 1960 through the 2000s,” notes Barrett. “After experiencing so much of Al Sella’s work over the course of organizing this show, it’s no surprise Alabama State Council on the Arts Executive Director Elliot Knight included Sella in his recent book, Alabama Creates: 200 Years of Art and Artists, published by University of Alabama Press.”

Al Sella in his studio, probably taken in 1965, Courtesy of the Sella Estate.Alvin C. Sella, who died in 2013, taught at The University of Alabama for 50 years, first as a tenured professor of art, hired in 1960, and later after his retirement in 1996, as professor emeritus, until 2010. Born in West Hoboken, New Jersey, Sella studied art at the Yale School of Fine Arts, Art Students League of New York, Columbia University School of Arts, Syracuse University College of Fine Arts, University of New Mexico department of art and, independently, in Mexico.

Sella spent his early career studying and painting in Mexico, before accepting a position as artist-in-residence at Sullins College in Bristol, Va., where he later served as head of the department of art before coming to Tuscaloosa.

Sella had numerous solo exhibitions throughout his career. His work appeared in the Contemporary Art Gallery in New York City; Collectors of American Art in New York City; the Carroll Knight Gallery in St. Louis, Mo.; and over 20 other galleries. His work also appeared in over 200 group shows. Sella’s paintings are held in numerous private collections as well as the corporate collections of Hinton Properties and Kovach Industries International. Sella was affiliated with the Frank Fedele Gallery in New York City.

He was the recipient of numerous awards, including the Distinguished Artist Award from Magic City Art Connection in Birmingham. In 1999, The University of Alabama Society for the Fine Arts awarded Sella its Distinguished Arts Career Award. In 2009, the Alabama State Council on the Arts awarded him the Governor’s Arts Award.

Image credit (top right): Alvin C. Sella, Untitled, 1964, oil on canvas, Collection of the Birmingham Museum of Art; Gift of Alvin C. Sella through the Museum Art Education Council.

Image credit (above left and featured): Alvin C. Sella in his studio, probably taken in 1965 during a photo shoot for the Crimson White for a story about his painting “The X Game” at the Southeastern Annual Exhibition in Atlanta (see Crimson White, Oct. 28, 1965). Courtesy of the Sella Estate.

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.

Daniel Livingston -Playing with Fire

Daniel Livingston ceramic art

For the month of May, the University Gallery at the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center presents Daniel Livingston: Playing with Fire.
Daniel is a studio ceramic artist whose studio is based in Northport at Kentuck Art Center. In addition to displaying the raku ceramics he is well known for, he will also be showing some two dimensional work as well.

 

The opening reception will take place on May 3rd from 5-8 pm and will run through May 31st.

Iranian Artist Explores Her Cultural Identity Through Ceramic Art

sculpture by artist Nasrin IravaniTuscaloosa. — The University of Alabama’s Department of Art and Art History is proud to present the master of arts thesis exhibition of Nasrin Iravani, titled, “I’m a Woman Here Standing in the Mist.” The exhibition will be held April 3-30, 2019, at The University of Alabama Gallery in the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center, in downtown Tuscaloosa. A First Friday reception will be held Friday, April 5 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. in the gallery.

Nasrin Iravani is a graduate student in ceramics and serves as a graduate teaching assistant in ceramics. Iravani received the MA in Handicrafts (ceramics) from Tehran University of Art. Her work is inspired by Persian art and she is particularly interested in figurative forms. She presents a critical view of ethical, social and cultural issues in her art work and is currently working on a collection of pieces titled Femininity, which refers to women’s rights and concerns.

She writes, “The history and culture of Iran, my home country, gives me a sense of identity, tranquility, and confidence. I use symbols and signs of traditional Iranian art to showcase some of that history and culture. In my work, I explore feminine narratives in aesthetics, politics, history and personal experiences, and I use the concept of art as a tool to address contemporary women’s rights and concerns.”

Iravani uses elements such as asymmetry, color contrast and the simultaneous presentation of the inside and the outside of some of her pieces to convey her own conflicts with Iran’s traditional ways, especially regarding women. The title of her exhibition is taken from a poem, written by her husband the Iranian poet Saeid Ranjbar, which she feels expresses her relationship to the culture she loves but struggles with. “While incorporating signs of traditional and contemporary art, I strive to reflect the view that the relationship between tradition and modernity needs to be continuously reconsidered.”

Nasrin Iravani’s selected international, national and juried exhibitions include L’artigiano in Fiera 2016, Milan; Fitur 2016, Feria de Madrid, Spain; International Handicraft Exhibition; Tehran; 46th International Art Show, Brownsville Museum of Fine Art (Texas); The Millennial Show (juried), TEJAS Gallery, Dayton, OH; Clay: A Southern Census (juried), New Orleans; 33rd Annual Alabama Clay Conference, Montgomery, AL; The Ritual Table: A Place of Memory, A State of Mind, Corning, NY; and Vitreous (juried), Clay Center of New Orleans.

Image credit: Nasrin Iravani, Aspire, 2019, 30 x 25 x 20 cm., porcelain. Image courtesy of the artist.

A thesis exhibition is one of the requirements for the successful completion of the Master of Arts program in the UA Department of Art and Art History. For more information about The University of Alabama’s Department of Art and Art History degree programs, visit our website

The Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center is located at 620 Greensboro Avenue in downtown Tuscaloosa. The DWCAC is the home of The University of Alabama Gallery and The Arts Council Gallery. The hours of the UA Gallery are Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm, and First Fridays of the month, 12 noon to 8 pm. For more information call (205) 342-2060 or visit the website: https://uagallery.as.ua.edu/


View original press release on the Department of Art and Art History website.

(un)Wrapt: New Arts Research by Creative Campus Fellows

Map of campus with paths drawn on itThe University of Alabama’s Creative Campus presents a gallery installation, “(un)Wrapt: New Arts Research by Creative Campus Fellows.” The installation will open at the University of Alabama Gallery located in the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center in downtown Tuscaloosa Friday, May 4 from 5 to 8 p.m. and will remain at the gallery through May 15.

“(un)Wrapt” will feature representations and results of the wide-ranging art projects and research explored by Creative Campus fellows throughout the year.

The research projects on display include:

  • “Internal,” a project by senior music composition major Jared Tubbs that sonifies the human body through the use of biofeedback devices
  • “Mixed Reality,” a collaboration between dancer/choreographers Alex Mannings, a senior majoring in dance and physics, and Alexia Acebo, a senior majoring in dance and psychology, that explores the process of choreographing dance for 360-degree video
  • “C(art)ographic Conjunctions,” a study of individuals’ place on campus by doctoral student Maureen Flint
  • “Artifacts of Social Cohesion,” a sculpture, created by senior interdisciplinary studies major Nick Jackson, that creates an immersive experience with both the physical structure of the piece and the inscriptions carved into its surface

Blanket Series: Beyond the Surface

The UA Gallery presents works from artist Kevin Cole. Kevin’s exhibition titled Blanket Series: Beyond the Surface, will be on display at the UA gallery from February 1-26. The First Friday reception will be on February 2, 5:30-7:30pm.

UA Gallery Debuts Selections from Blount Collection of Art

Multifarious PosterTuscaloosa, Ala.—The University of Alabama Gallery will debut a selection of paintings and sculptures from the never-before-seen Blount Collection of Art starting Wednesday, November 29 in the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center in downtown Tuscaloosa.

The exhibition, titled “Multifarious: Eclectic Selections from the Blount Collection of Art,” features 27 works in a variety of mediums and genres.

“I tried to pick a wide selection so that people could get a sense of the breadth of the collection,” said Karen Kennedy, the director of the University Gallery and curator of the exhibit.

According to Dr. Fred Whiting, the director of UA’s Blount Scholars Program, the collection, which is composed of more than 50 pieces, was donated by the Blount Foundation to the program in 2003. Industrialist and former U.S. Postmaster General Winton Blount established the foundation in conjunction with Blount, Inc. in order to support education and the arts through philanthropy.

The exhibit will be on display at the gallery until January 26, 2018, and an opening reception will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, December 1. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

The UA Gallery offers a year-round schedule of exhibitions of artistic works, artifacts, textiles and more from permanent collections held by UA, as well as works by faculty, students, and guest artists and designers.

It is located at 620 Greensboro Ave. in downtown Tuscaloosa and is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the first Fridays of the month from noon until 8 p.m. For more information, phone the gallery at 205-345-3038 or phone 205-342-2060.

The Blount Scholars Program and the Paul R. Jones Gallery are part of UA’s College of Arts and Sciences, the University’s largest division and the largest liberal arts college in the state. Students from the College have won numerous national awards including Rhodes Scholarships and Goldwater Scholarships.

Contemporary Consolidated

Oct 12–Nov 22, 2017
Reception Nov 3, 5:30-7:30

Contemporary Consolidated: Selections from the Permanent Collection of the Sarah Moody Gallery of Art at The University of Alabama will be on display at two sites during October and November: the UA gallery at the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center in downtown Tuscaloosa and the SMGA on UA campus. The collection is dedicated to works on paper including prints and photography along with paintings, drawings and small sculpture.

Notable artists represented in the collection include Pablo Picasso, Walker Evans, Chuck Close, Lee Krasner, Robert Rauschenberg, Carrie Mae Weems, Jennifer Bartlett, Judy Pfaff and Willie Cole. The collection has grown to more than 1500 works thanks to generous gifts of art from donors and purchases made by the gallery. The Sarah Moody Gallery of Art is supported by the College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of Art and Art History.

It’s Never Too Late to Start…

An Exhibition Featuring OLLI Students

July 7, 2017–August 18, 2017

The work of 25 Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, or OLLI, students will be on display at the University of Alabama Gallery from Friday, July 7, to Friday, August 18.

The exhibition, “It’s Never Too Late to Start,” is located in the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center in downtown Tuscaloosa and is free and open to the public.

OLLI is a program that offers noncredit classes without grades or assignments to adults older than age 50.

Karen Jacobs, an OLLI student whose work will be displayed in the exhibit, said she enjoys taking the classes because it gives her the opportunity to explore new interests and develop new hobbies.

“Since I am now retired, I think it is important to continue to learn, especially as we age,” Jacobs said. “Ultimately, OLLI provides opportunities for ongoing involvement, which is very important in developing a daily routine which in turn provides purpose and fulfillment in your life.”

Director of the gallery Karen Kennedy said the exhibit will include works of photography, printmaking, painting, ceramics, wood working, stained glass, and jewelry.

A reception to celebrate the opening of the exhibition will take place Friday, July 7 beginning at 5:30 p.m.

The UA Gallery offers a year-round schedule of exhibitions of artistic works, artifacts and textiles and other media from permanent collections held by UA as well as works by faculty, students, and guest artists and designers.

The gallery is at 620 Greensboro Ave. in downtown Tuscaloosa and is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and until 8 p.m. on the first Fridays of the month.

For more information, call Karen Kennedy at the gallery at 205/345-3038 or 205/342-2060.

The gallery is part of UA’s College of Arts and Sciences, the University’s largest division and the largest liberal arts college in the state.