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The Master of Fine Arts thesis exhibition Ashlee René Thompson – Fragments

The University of Alabama Department of Art and Art History presents the Master of Fine Arts thesis exhibition of Ashlee René Thompson, April 1 through May 6, 2022. The exhibition, titled Fragments, will be held at The University of Alabama Gallery in the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center, with a reception for the artist on First Friday, April 1 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.

Ashlee René Thompson is an MFA student concentrating in painting who is also working toward a certificate in museum studies. In her artist statement, Thompsonwrites, “Artistic expression and exploration with materials drives my work and provides a means and context for introspection. Concepts associated with memory and interpersonal relationships, as well as the connection between the mind and body inspire my current practices.” Thompson said that through mark and gesture her paintings present and interpret “an anxious mind.” She said, “an inner dialogue emerges” on the canvas. “Impulsive mark-making paired with chaotic and ordered gestures reflect the irrational and calculated.” Thompson works mainly in acrylic and ink, sewing and gluing additional mixed media elements in her primarily two-dimensional canvases, but also working in three-dimensional forms.

Thompson held her MA thesis exhibition, Synaptic Transmission, in March 2021. Her work was selected for the Tennessee Valley Museum of Art’s new national juried exhibition, Emergence (June 2021), for the online In Art Gallery, and for the show, Open Exhibition, at the Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery in July 2021, among other exhibitions. She also served as the project manager for the recent exhibition, Weaving Muscogee Creek Culture: The Artistry of Mary Smith, at the Mildred Westervelt Warner Transportation Museum in Tuscaloosa in 2021. Thompsonholds an MLA in general studies and a BA in art with a minor in art history from Auburn University Montgomery, where she also serves as an adjunct instructor. Her art website is here.

Image credit: Ashlee René Thompson, X, Y, Z, 2022, Acrylic and collage on canvas, 5.5”H x 12”W x 12”D. Courtesy of the artist.

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The University of Alabama Gallery is an essential part of the education and development of UA students and our community. Admission to the gallery is free. The gallery is located in the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center at 620 Greensboro Avenue in Tuscaloosa. It is open Monday through Friday, 9:00 am-4:00 pm and First Fridays 12:00 noon-7:00 pm. Masks are encouraged although not required inside the gallery. 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.

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An Expressionist’s Journey- Susan Nomberg McCollough

The University of Alabama Gallery is proud to present An Expressionist’s Journey, an exhibition of paintings by Susan Nomberg McCollough, in the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center, October 1 through December 3, 2021. The UA Gallery will hold a First Friday reception on November 5, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Face coverings are required inside the gallery.

Susan McCollough received her bachelor’s degree in theatre and art in 1966. She studied with the late UA art professors Alvin Sella and Frank Engel, and went on to study with Max Hellman at the Birmingham Museum of Art, Gary Sussman at the Art Students League of New York and Sonia De Franceschi of the Accademia D’Arte in Florence, Italy. She also studied art at the Delgado Museum of New Orleans (New Orleans Museum of Art) and in Pensacola, Fla.; Boston, Ma.; and at the University of California, Los Angeles.

McCollough has produced more than 500 paintings, many of which were commissioned, and exhibited in more than a dozen solo exhibitions in Alabama and
Florida. Recent awards include selection for exhibition at the 2020 International Art Prize Frida Kahlo art review in Milan, Italy, and the 2019 Monna Lisa La Gioconda Award in Lecce, Italy, from the Accademia Italia in Arte Nel Mondo.

McCollough’s artworks are held in collections in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Texas, New York, California and New Jersey. In 2012 she donated her portrait, “Sella,” of her painting professor Al Sella, to the collection of the UA College of Arts & Sciences. For more than a decade, she served on the Art Committee at the United States Sports Academy, which attracts and honors artists from around the world and is responsible for selecting featured artists for the Olympics. She has owned Studio Three in Florida and, today works at her private studio in Gulf Shores.

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Image credit: Susan Nomberg McCollough, Plexus II, oil on canvas. Image courtesy of the artist.

The University of Alabama Gallery at the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center is an essential part of the education and development of UA students and our community. Visitors must wear face coverings inside the gallery. Located at 620 Greensboro Avenue in Tuscaloosa, the gallery 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.