UA graduate and undergraduate students in sculpture will display their work in an exhibition titled QUICKTURNAROUND 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.
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A Shared Individuality
January 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.
Ines Schaefer- Photography by Ines Schaefer, America the Beautiful as Seen Through a Foreigners Eyes
Exhibition Date: October 1-28, 2016
Reception October 7, 5:30-7:30
UA Gallery Exhibit Features Photographs of American Landscapes
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
Exhibit Dates: June 3-July 29
Reception: June 3 from 5-8 p.m.
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 is an 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.
Kennington earned her bachelor’s degree in art history and design from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa in 1956 and married her husband, Don Kennington the same year. As a stay-at-home mom, she continued to study art, particularly when, in her early 40s, she wanted to paint portraits of her children. As she grew in reputation as a children’s portrait painter, her client list increased as well.
By the mid-1980s, the artist decided to suspend her commissioned portrait painting business and focus instead on her studio work. Frequent trips to Paris and her local milieu served as the subject matter for which she has become known. Kennington has received numerous awards for her work including being recognized by the Alabama State Council on the Arts in 2009, the Alabama Governor’s Arts Awards, and named as one of Alabama’s “Master Artists” by the Alabama Bureau of Tourism and Travel. Her works are found in private collections and museums across the nation.