“Retrospective” Exhibit Will Feature the Work of Bethany Windham and Frank Engle

Tuscaloosa, Ala. — “Retrospective,” an exhibit featuring the work of Bethany Windham Engle and Frank Engle will be displayed at the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center June 2-30, 2017. The exhibit, consisting of two and three-dimensional pieces in a wide range of media, will be displayed in both The University of Alabama and The Arts Council Galleries. An opening reception will be held on June 2, 2017 from 5-8 p.m. during First Friday. The reception and exhibit are free and open to the public.

Bethany Windham Engle

Bethany Windham Engle (1932-) has been an integral part of the Alabama art scene for over 60 years during which time she taught art in several West Alabama institutions including Shelton State Community College, The University of Alabama, the University of West Alabama and in the Tuscaloosa County school system. She was part of the integration team in the Tuscaloosa County schools and was one of the founding faculty of Shelton State Community College. Her educational background includes the A.A. from Stephens College, Mo. and the B.F.A, M.A. and Ed.D. from The University of Alabama. Her work has appeared in both national and international competitions as well as publications such as “Eyes On: Abstracts,” “CPS to the Point,” “Art Galleries and Artists of the South,” “Best of Worldwide Artists: Charcoal, Pastel and Pencil,” “Best of Worldwide Landscape Artists,” “Best of America: Watermedia Artists,” “Strokes of Genius” and “Strokes of Genius: The Best of Drawing.” For many years her works were exhibited in her gallery at Artist’s Row in Northport.

Frank L. Engle

Frank L. Engle (1916-2002) was an internationally known sculptor, designer, painter, glass artisan, ceramicist and professor. Engle completed numerous commissioned works, the majority of which were in welded steel, lead, fiberglass and plaster. He attended the John Herron Art Institute (now part of Indiana University in Indianapolis) and did graduate studies in sculpture with an emphasis in ceramics at the University of California. His design career began at Lockheed Aircraft Corporation after which he founded Engle Studios, producing decorative designs for home décor. He also did private commissions including designs for Ford Motor Company and The Shamrock Hotel in Dallas, Texas.

Engle taught at the University of Iowa and Evansville University in 1949, sold the studio, then joined The University of Alabama faculty in its newly created art department. He won numerous awards, participated in single and group exhibitions, spent time as a research scholar in Europe and served as a representative for the non-profit American Craft Council. In the late 1960s, Engle began teaching ceramics at The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) to help establish what would later become the UAB Art Department.

In 1980, Engle retired as Professor Emeritus of Art. He continued to work from his home and studio and received numerous commissions.  His work is included in many private, public, university, church, and corporate collections in the United States, Mexico and Europe. In 1994, Engle was presented with the Distinguished Career Award by the Society for the Fine Arts and the College of Arts and Sciences at The University of Alabama. A room in Woods Hall in the Department of Art at the University of Alabama was named in his honor. Engle died on February 20, 2002, in Tuscaloosa, and his ashes were interred on the grounds of Windy Hill, his home in Tuscaloosa County.

The University of Alabama Gallery is open weekdays 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and The Arts Council Gallery is open weekdays 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m.

The Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center is located at 620 Greensboro Avenue in Downtown Tuscaloosa.

Collaborate: An Exhibition of Kentuck Artists

April 21, 2017–May 25, 2017

Lorrie Lane

Lane is an improvisational realist painter whose subjects include flowers, birds’ nests, garden landscapes, and portraits. She has participated in shows such as Artsclamation!, The Brentwood Show, and the Huntsville Art Museum Galas and also has had solo exhibits in Nashville, Tennessee, and upstate New York. Lane was born in upstate New York and graduated from Smith College.

Daniel Livingston

Livingston is a two-time graduate and emeritus professor of ceramics at UA. He specializes in raku and has won multiple awards at festivals across the country. His work is represented in private and corporate collections throughout the United States, England, France, Japan, and New Zealand.

Steve Davis

Davis of Sunheart Metalworks is a self-taught metalsmith, who brings to life ferrous and non-ferrous metals using a variety of contemporary and traditional techniques. Sunheart commissions include Westervelt Gardens, Children’s Hands On Museum, the UA Arboretum, and downtown Northport streetscape projects.

Jessica Tuggle and Andrea Moen

Tuggle and Moen are weavers with Weaving Alabama. Together they use three floor-looms at the shop to create hundreds of yards of handwoven fabric.

Terrell Taylor

Taylor was born in Union, Mississippi, and grew up in various states throughout the South. Terrell has a background in art and anthropology, and her works, which vary from prints, paintings, sculptures, and more, are often inspired by southern life.

Sydney Gruber

Gruber was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee. She began as an alchemy artist who restored gently used furnishings to give them new life. Her specialty is in revitalizing and rejuvenating the mundane with vibrant swirls and patterns of paint.

Kerry Kennedy

Kennedy’s first love is pottery and sculptural ceramics. She has thrown pottery for over 10 years and makes primarily functional pieces. She is deeply interested in works that fuse thrown forms with organic aesthetics.

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 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. Students from the College have won numerous national awards including Truman, Rhodes and Goldwater scholarships.

Cover to Cover

Featuring Authors from The College of Arts and Sciences

Celebrating the faculty authors of the College of Arts and Sciences, this exhibition features 21 book cover designs from 16 different academic disciplines.

The College of Arts and Sciences is the largest academic unit of The University of Alabama and one of the most comprehensive liberal arts colleges in the Southeast. With 86 degree programs in 22 departments, the College offers its nearly 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students a diverse and rich curriculum, as well as an enormous variety of creative, scholarly, experiential, and outreach opportunities.

Our students also benefit from access to a truly outstanding group of 480 faculty. These faculty are not only expert and dedicated teachers but also active researchers and scholars, producing in the 2016-2017 academic year an impressive 33 books, 984 scholarly articles or chapters, and 852 creative activities. College faculty are leaders in their disciplines, at the forefront of their fields, making new discoveries, generating new knowledge, and confronting fundamental questions about society, science, art, and humanity.

To introduce the Tuscaloosa community to the work of our talented faculty, the College presents this exhibit, “Cover to Cover: Authors from the College of Arts and Sciences.”The selection of recently published faculty books is drawn from the College’s three divisions: social sciences, natural science and mathematics, and humanities and fine arts. From critical studies of pop culture to essays on teaching evolution; from a detailed study of international development to a survey of earthquake science and research in the Eastern Mediterranean Region; from a young adult novel to an exploration of how life experiences

influence musical compositions–our faculty demonstrate again and again the depth and range of their intellectual pursuits. Once you have explored this exhibit, we think you will agree that “This is how College is meant to be.”

Publicly Identified

March 7–April 14, 2017
First Friday Reception: April 7, 5:30–7:30pm

What: In 2013, the Multicultural Resource Center and the J. Murrey Atkins Library and Special Collections partnered to establish a local LGBTQ archive focusing specifically on Charlotte and the surrounding community. The King-Henry-Brockington collection contains the manuscript and ephemeral history of Charlotte in both physical and electronic formats. The project has also expanded to include a community lead oral history project designed to add narratives to the current archival holdings. This exhibit “Publically Identified: Coming Out Activist in the Queen City” opened in a suite of exhibits at the Levine Museum of the New South in 2014 marking the first ever exhibits at the Levine dealing with Queer history. The exhibit consists of an interactive timeline of Charlotte history going back to the 1960s and extending to 2016 as well as selected items from the local collection. The panels have been on display at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and at the Salisbury NC Pride festival. This will be the first time the exhibit will travel outside of the state, and the timeline has been updated with new moments from Charlotte history. In 2015 the archival project and “Publically Identified” were selected as an Honorable Mention for the Allen Berube Prize in Queer public history, the highest award given in the US for Queer historical projects.

Who: Joshua Burford is the Assistant Director for Sexual & Gender Diversity at the UNC Charlotte Multicultural Resource Center. Josh is the community liaison for the project and has helped to build community connections between the ongoing work of preservation of Queer history and its potential as a source of community building. Josh is a graduate of the American Studies program and the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Alabama and has been working on preservation of Southern Queer History for the past 10 years.

Why: The preservation, access, and study of Southern Queer history remains at the margins of academic discourse, and at the moment less than 15% of all students (K-12, Higher Ed) have access to Queer history of any kind. This exhibit is an attempt to tell a story about Southern Queer life in order to inspire others to demand access to their history.

UA Sculpture Students Display Work at UA Gallery

UA graduate and undergraduate students in sculpture will display their work in an exhibition titled QUICKTURNAROUND flier designed by Erin MosleyQUICKTURNAROUND at The University of Alabama Gallery at the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center, February 1-28. The public is invited to a First Friday reception, February 3, 5-8 pm in the gallery at 620 Greensboro Avenue in downtown Tuscaloosa.

Recent art works by Amber Rae Daum, Brandt Deeds, Megan Fletcher, Jenn Gault, Nick Jackson, Paget Kern, Lisa Meister, Erin Mosley, Tobias Layman, Ringo Lisko, Richard Oliver Reed, Jamie Reschke, Amy Smoot, Ryan Snowden, Madison Sullivan – all current students of sculpture professor Craig Wedderspoon – will be featured in the gallery.

The exhibition is supported by the UA Department of Art and Art History and the College of Arts and Sciences. The UA Gallery is open Monday-Friday, 9 am to 5 pm and closed Saturday and Sunday and open for Tuscaloosa First Friday noon-8 pm.

For more information about the programs in art and art history at UA, visit the department’s website, https://art.ua.edu.

A Shared Individuality

a shared individuality posterJanuary 5–30, 2017

James Rodger Alexander and Pamela Venz

The artwork of husband and wife duo James Rodger Alexander and Pamela Ann Venz will be on display from Thursday, Jan. 5, to Monday, Jan. 30, at The University of Alabama Gallery in the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center in downtown Tuscaloosa. The opening reception is scheduled for Thursday, Jan.12 from 4-6pm.

Alexander teaches sculpture at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and he will display four of his works consisting largely of steel, wood, and marble. In contrast, Venz, who also has a background in three-dimensional art and photography, will display 11 photographs. She has been teaching photography at Birmingham-Southern College since 1986.

The exhibit, titled “A Shared Individuality,” explores how the couple’s 32 years of shared experiences have been individually interpreted through their artwork. According to the exhibit’s abstract, the variation of their artistic responses is magnified by a 15-year difference in their ages, making each a reflection of their own generation.

Alexander was born and raised in Bedford, Ohio, and he received his bachelor’s and master’s degree in architecture from Cornell University. He also received a Master of Fine Arts degree from Louisiana State University. According to his artist’s statement, both his large and small sculptures focus on the resolution of conflict between opposing forces.

Venz was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, and she received a bachelor’s degree in sculpture and photography from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1983. In 1985, she then received a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Ohio State University. Following her education, Venz worked at Birmingham-Southern College, and in 1998 she created the college’s first concentration in photography.

Photography by Ines Schaefer, America the Beautiful as Seen Through a Foreigners Eyes

UA Gallery Exhibit Features Photographs of American Landscapes

field, photographed by Ines Schaefer

Exhibition Date: October 1-28, 2016
Reception: October 7, 5:30-7:30

The photography of Ines Schaefer will be displayed from Friday, Oct. 7 to Friday, Oct. 28 at the UA Gallery in the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center in downtown Tuscaloosa.

Schaefer is a native of Germany, but she moved to Tuscaloosa in 2014 with her children and her husband who works at Mercedes-Benz U.S. International. Soon after arriving in the United States, Schaefer and her family toured the nation coast to coast in a Tuscaloosa-made Mercedes GL SUV. Along their 15,000-mile journey, Schaefer captured images of iconic American landscapes.

Her exhibit, titled, “America, the Beautiful: Seen through a Foreigner’s Eyes,” showcases the photography of her trip and highlights the beauty of the United States from the perspective of a native German. A reception for the exhibit will be held Friday, Oct. 7 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

Schaefer said that when she set off on her road trip, many of her American friends didn’t understand why she wanted to drive across the country instead of fly, but she said that it gave her the opportunity to have adventures “off the beaten path.”

“It is well worth it to just sit in a car and travel across borders,” Schaefer said.

Karen Kennedy, director of the UA Gallery, added that one purpose of the exhibit is to encourage natives to explore the country by car for themselves.

The exhibit will showcase 53 large photographs, featuring everywhere from Chicago, Illinois, and Dauphin Island, Alabama to June Lake, Arizona, and Monument Valley, Utah.

Though Schaefer’s exhibit will highlight her landscape and still-life work, she is best-known for her female portraiture work. She focuses on contemporary portraiture and has won international awards for her photography.

David Gosselin: Work by David Gosselin

David Gosselin oil paintingsExhibit Dates: June 3–July 29, 2016
Reception: June 3, 5-8 pm

Originally from R.I., David Gosselin attended Livingston University (now The University of West Alabama) where he studied art, biology, and history. He has continued to create art, but has made his primary income by painting houses.

The artist has won awards and received recognition in the West Alabama and East Mississippi art communities numerous times including competitions and exhibits at the Coleman Center for the Arts in York, Ala. and the Meridian, Miss. Museum of Art. His restoration of an old Waco Pep mural on the side of the brick building that is home to the Coleman Center harkens back to his employment with the CETA Program in the 1970s.

Gosselin often works in oils, using bright colors to fill canvases or Masonite from edge to edge, requiring a second or third, or even a fourth look to see everything he included in the painting. Some paintings serve as a biological history of the world. Fish, reptiles, dinosaurs and flying insects find their way into more than one work. The artist has spent as long as eight years working on one painting, utilizing his favorite technique, pointillism. Investing so much time in a single work means he usually has three or four going at the same time. “While one is drying, I’m working on another,” he said. “When I get an idea, I try to get as much done as I possibly can. My mind wanders; it ping pongs all over the place.”

Visit tuscarts.org/jubilation to read more about Gosselin and view images of the artist’s work in a Jubilation article by author Margaret Clevenger.

Real Lives: Observations and Reflections by Dale Kennington

Dale Kennington photography book displayAn exhibition curated by Dr. Lee A. Gray, independent curator for The Mennello Museum of American Art.

Born in Savannah, Georgia in 1935, Kennington has spent most of her life in southeast Alabama. She has lived through momentous periods in American history, and weathered them with them with steely Southern charm, embracing the canvas as her means of emotional expression. In the companion catalog for the exhibit, Dr. Gray writes:

The most powerful element of her work is by far the quality of light. Extremes of light and dark are reminiscent of the 16th century Italian school of Caravaggio or of Rembrandt in the 17th century. In their use of chiaroscuro (the use of light and shadow to create the appearance of volume), these old masters understood how to insert mood and psychological drama into their narratives. Kennington, too, uses chiaroscuro to establish mood. Hers is an unsettling tone that is haunting and disturbing for its ambivalence. Yet we are drawn into the scenes because of their visual depth and intimate sensuality.

From da Vinci to Pearlstein, the presentation of “reality” through visual expression has attracted, delighted, mortified and appealed to audiences dazzled by the skill of keen observation and technical expertise. While there are many definitions of Realism that define representational and figurative art, one artist, Dale Kennington, has managed to present us with a compelling collection of paintings that capture the essence of post-modernism in style and mood.

Kennington shares a dark and quiet American quality found in the work of Edward Hopper during the 1930-1940s, but she brings us into the 21st-century world of contemporary life through scenes of ordinary daily rituals such as a haircut, going to a bar, waiting for a train or watching a church choir. The artist makes us ponder the reality of living from an “outsider’s” position; one that feels both familiar and strange. Yet, the beauty and solemnity of Kennington’s paintings are so lush and provocative, one cannot help but stand before them and feel connected through shared human experiences common to our post-modern lives: fear, anxiety, wonder and camaraderie.