The works on view in this exhibition were made by photography students taking various classes in the Art and Art History Department of The University of Alabama. The primary emphasis in the photography department is on the development of personal vision and ideas expressed through a variety of photographic techniques and processes.
The Gee’s Bend community is located on a peninsula of land formed by a bend in the Alabama River. This historically and culturally significant landscape holds deep within its roots Alabama’s greatest quilting tradition, recognized nationally and internationally for the innovative use of geometric shapes, the formation of complex patterns and the combination of diverse colors and textures.
Prior to moving to Birmingham, Tina Simonton was a professor at Georgia Tech, teaching design, fine arts and visual arts theory courses in the College of Design. She earned her MFA from the Massachusetts College of Art, a BFA from the California College of the Arts and a BS in Architecture from Auburn University.
Magic City Quilt Artists was formed in May of 2016. This exhibit represents the first challenge that was issued to the members. The challenge was to create an art quilt composed of black and white fabrics, with no more than twenty percent of the piece being another color. Many of the members also belong to other quilt guilds in Alabama, including the Evening Star Guild and the Birmingham Quilters Guild.
A tenured faculty member at The University of Alabama, Christopher Jordan oversees the photography area in the Department of Art and Art History. He earned his MFA from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 2004. Projects find him creating imagery of both real and imaginary places, working with traditional, digital, and experimental photographic approaches as required.
Scott Stephens is Professor of Art and Chair of the Department of Art at the University of Montevallo. He is a printmaker who specializes in big prints and historic photographic processes. He earned his BFA degree at Washington University in St. Louis, where he studied with Peter Marcus, an innovator in large-scale printmaking. He completed his MFA at the University of Alabama in 1983.
‘Ever a Cross Word’ is an exhibit by puzzle aficionado and Birmingham Southern College Professor Emeritus, Bob Shelton. The exhibition contains 30 panels comprised of the most unique puzzles he has solved and the best ones he has created. Bob Shelton was Professor of Art and Film Studies at BSC for 37 years.
Alvin Sella was a seminal figure and touchstone of the Alabama arts community. His paintings resonate with life and longevity, especially within the resurgent currents of Minimalism and Abstract Expressionism in the art world today.
This year’s Bluff Park Preview Show runs through the end of August and includes artists Toby Klein, Debra Riffe, Brittany Carol Moore, Matthew Mayes, Terry Beckham, Leah Karol, Melanie O’Keefe and Rick Plasters.
Bethanne Bethard Hillwas born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and raised in Birmingham. She is a 1985 graduate of the Alabama School of Fine Arts and holds a BFA in painting and sculpture from Birmingham-Southern College.
Every February, the Hoover Public Library celebrates authors, artists, musicians and performers during the Southern Voices Festival. Each year a piece by the exhibiting artist(s) is purchased and added to the Southern Voices Permanent Collection.
Art by elementary, middle and high school students from Hoover City Schools will be on view throughout the Hoover Public Library during the months of March and April to celebrate Youth Art Month and to support creative endeavors in our schools.
Leanna Leithauser Lesley is a graduate of Auburn University with a B.A. in Art Education. Though she has used many mediums throughout her career, personal inspiration as an avid needlepointer and music lover has led her to her present fiber arts endeavor.