“RETROSPECTIVE” EXHIBIT WILL FEATURE THE WORK OF BETHANY WINDHAM ENGLE 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.

 

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 University of Alabama Gallery at the DWCACThe 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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