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HPL Galleries is thrilled to announce this online exhibition, Translations, by printmakers, artists and educators Lijun Chao and Andy Holliday. This exhibition will consist of nine collaborative works that investigate how their shared process brings about a visualization of their subjective experiences.

Meet artist and educator, Ty Smith in this Zoom artist talk. Ty will discuss and share his artwork through his website in this pre-recorded virtual event. This is a wonderful way to engage with the work of an artist and learn about their practice and subject matter.

Meet artist and educator, Christina Renfer Vogel, in this Zoom artist talk. She will discuss and share her artwork via her website in this pre-recorded virtual event. This is a wonderful way to engage with the work of an artist and hear their thoughts on their practice and subject matter.

Barbara Hirschowitz studied painting under Alabama artists and educators, Edith Frohock and Alvin Sella. Under Frohock’s guidance, Hirschowitz learned to stretch her thinking and skills. She utilizes canvas and paper to visualize her work from a history of living moments.

The Fine Arts Department and HLP Kids collaborated to produce this Black History Month exhibition and art class. On February 4th, the Children’s Department led an art class, open to children ages 7-12, where students completed an art project based on the artwork of African-American painter, educator and Expressionist, Alma Thomas.

Sara Garden Armstrong is a multimedia artist whose work ranges in scale from atrium sculpture to artist books. Her installation work can be large and engulfing, requiring you to enter and become part of it. Her intimate artist books allow the viewer to have a more personal experience.

Artist and educator Carlton Nell lives and works in Opelika, Alabama. His paintings and drawings have been exhibited in museums and galleries across the country, and his work is found in many public and private collections. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Auburn University and his Master of Fine Arts from Georgia State University. He is currently a Professor of Art at Auburn University.

Bib & Tucker Sew-Op is a non-profit located in Birmingham, AL. Their mission is to cultivate skills and an environment for those who sew or want to sew (ages 9-99) where everyone can be both a student and a teacher. They achieve their mission through projects conducted in the community, workshops and weekly sewing sessions conducted in their shop. They aim to be a hub for sewing-related activities that promote empowerment, education and economic opportunity.

A working photographer for over thirty years, Roberta Lynn Ledbetter also served as a teacher of art and photography to Alabamians of all ages in high school and college classrooms and in educational and community workshops. She earned her BFA in studio art and MFA in education from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She most recently was awarded the Individual Artist Fellowship from the Alabama State Council on the Arts.

Noah Breuer is an American artist and printmaker. He holds a BFA in Printmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA from Columbia University. He also earned a graduate research certificate in traditional woodblock printmaking and paper-making from Kyoto Seika University in Japan. Currently, Noah is an Assistant Professor at Auburn University.

Chuck Hemard earned his MFA from the Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia in Athens, GA and his BA in Psychology from University of Southern Mississippi. He has held academic appointments at Columbus State University in Columbus, GA and, since 2008, at Auburn University’s Department of Art and Art History where he is currently an Associate Professor.

Stephen W. Evans was born and raised in the Philadelphia area of Pennsylvania where he received a BFA in painting and drawing from the University of the Arts in 2010. In 2017, Stephen received his MFA in painting and drawing from the University of Iowa in Iowa City. Stephen teaches Drawing and Art Appreciation at Samford University and works as an assistant preparator at the Ambros-Engel Institute for Visual Art at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Jeff Hughes was born and raised in Selma, Alabama. He received his Bachelor of Fine Art from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He and his family are now residents of Hoover and he will be exhibiting his work at the 2019 Bluff Park Art Show.

Douglas Pierre Baulos received his BFA from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and his MFA from the University of New Orleans. He is currently the Assistant Professor of Drawing at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and in 2009 he received the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching at UAB. His works are in many private and public collections including the Museum of Modern Art, the J.P. Getty Museum and the Birmingham Museum of Art.

Christina Renfer Vogel holds an MFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and a BFA from Tyler School of Art, Temple University. She currently serves as assistant professor of painting and drawing at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Vogel has been an artist-in-residence with the JSS in Civita program (Civita Castellana, Italy), Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts (Rabun Gap, GA), the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (Amherst, VA) and the Vermont Studio Center (Johnson, VT).

Juan López-Bautista is a professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and a College of Arts and Sciences Leadership Board Faculty Fellow at The University of Alabama. He received his Ph.D. in plant biology from Louisiana State University, a Master of Science degree in biology from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, and was a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

The Hoover Public Library and the Bluff Park Art Association have been collaborating for over twenty years to produce the Bluff Park Preview Show. This year's exhibition is comprised of six local artists that will be participating in the Bluff Park Art Show on October 5th.

E. Bruce Phillips, Jr. received his BA from Morehouse College and his MFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design. He has been an Associate Art Professor at Tuskegee University since 2009 and was awarded an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Alabama State Council on the Arts in 2016. Phillips has exhibited at the SCAD Museum of Art, the Johnson Center, the Legacy Museum at Tuskegee University, the Rosa Parks Museum at Troy University, the Birmingham Public Library,

The Alabama School of Fine Arts is a public school authorized and funded by the Alabama Legislature to provide tuition-free instruction for impassioned students, grades 7-12. The school provides focused specialty instruction in Creative Writing, Dance, Mathematics and Science, Music, Theatre Arts and Visual Arts. Artist and ASFA Visual Arts Faculty, Anne Herbert, collaborated with the Hoover Public Library Galleries to organize this student show and survey of contemporary abstract painting in Alabama.

Shot in Alabama: A History of Photography is a visual and textual narrative of Alabama’s photographic history from 1839 to 1941. It describes the phenomenon of photography as practiced in Alabama as a major cultural force, paying close attention to the particular contexts from which each image emerges and the fragments of microhistory that each image documents.

Jürgen Tarrasch was born to German parents in Pisz, Poland (formerly Johannisburg, East Prussia). At the age of 15, he moved with his family to West Germany, where he completed his primary education. In 1993, Jürgen received his MFA degree in painting and wall painting at the Academy of Fine Art in Warsaw, where he studied with Polish masters Professor Jan Tarasin and Professor Edward Tarkowski.

Paper is culture’s medium of choice for revolution, for testament, and equally, for waste. It runs the gamut from humanity's most treasured artifacts to its most trampled-on debris. Paper’s ubiquitous nature makes it ripe as a method for subversion or directness, both with value. As a means of conveyance, paper suggests comprehension of whatever rests on its surface, be it pattern, word or other visual cue.

The Cahaba River Watershed Project is a collaboration, exhibition and lecture by new media artist Elisabeth Pellathy, sculptor Lee Somers and printmaker Scott Stephens. Their investigation focuses on the visual language of the river and how its iconography serves as vessel for memory, as well as the history of the Cahaba River Watershed and how it has been shaped by human activity.

Sonja Rieger received her BA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and her MFA from Rutgers University. In 1979, she became a Professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham where she has served as Chair of the Department of Art and Art History. Recipient of two Individual Artist Grants from the Alabama State Council on the Arts, Rieger has also received grants for projects from the Polaroid Corporation, the Southern Arts Federation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Professor of Photography at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and artist, Sonja Rieger, collaborated with the Hoover Public Library Galleries to organize this student show and survey of contemporary photography in Alabama. Artists included in the exhibition: Quinn Balazs, Emily Cox-Oldham, Mary Jo Lecroy, Paige Sanheinrich and William Webb.

Celeste Amparo Pfau is a mixed media visual artist based in Birmingham, Alabama. She is known for creating one of a kind Botanical Monoprints using ethically sourced natural materials and an etching press, where she creates careful compositions on paper and fabric.

Born in Tampa, Florida, David Diodate lives and works in Birmingham, Alabama. He studied Art History at the University of South Florida and graduated in 1993. Prior to graduation, he studied in Paris, France. This opportunity came with the requirement, that while in Paris, he produce photographic essays.

Misty Bennett is a painter living in Birmingham, Alabama. Her abstract paintings are based on landscapes and waterfalls with an emphasis on texture, movement and mark-making. Her work is about memory and experience, and the way that the two affect each other. She was born and raised in Idaho, and the landscape of the West continues to influence her work today.

Natalie Harrison was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee. She received her BFA from Middle Tennessee State University in 2009 and her MFA from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 2013. Natalie currently lives and works in Birmingham, Alabama.  Harrison subtlety layers several different disciplines into her process.

Anne Herbert is a Visual Art Instructor at the Alabama School of Fine Arts. She received her MFA in 2013 from the University of Alabama and her BFA in Painting from the University of Montevallo in 2007. Professionally, Anne has taught at University and high school levels, worked in museum education, coordinated outreach programs and managed galleries.

The Hoover Public Library Galleries are thrilled to present, from our permanent collection, The Work of Joe Minter: A Photo Essay. In 2011, HPL commissioned a project about the work of Alabama artist and activist Joe Minter. It is comprised of approximately 150 images and 16 framed prints and was shot by photographer, Lance Shores. 

Born in Cleveland, OH in 1971, Merrilee Challiss lives and works in Birmingham, Alabama, where she shares an artist's loft with three cats. Over a varied career, spanning several decades, she has shown work in far-flung places such as San Francisco, Portland, Phnom Penh, Miami, and regionally in New Orleans, Birmingham, Nashville and Huntsville, etc. She holds a BA from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and an MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.

The Hoover Public Library and the Bluff Park Art Association have been collaborating for over 20 years to produce the annual Bluff Park Preview Show. This year’s exhibition runs through the end of August and includes artists Jamie Carnathan, Diane Hathcock, Dan McDaniel, Eric Poland and American Road Trip Photography - Sara Beck and Craig Roderick.

Birmingham Southern College Professor Emeritus, Bob Shelton, was Professor of Art and Film Studies at BSC for 37 years. His work has been shown in over 150 national and regional juried exhibitions, he has won over 60 awards for his work as an artist and teacher and he has participated in over 30 group and solo exhibitions.

Debo Groover was raised in Savannah, Georgia and received an MFA from the University of Georgia in ceramics. She has had a successful career as a potter and an itinerate teacher traveling throughout the United States.

Professor of Art at the University of Montevallo and artist, Misty Bennett, collaborated with the Hoover Public Library Galleries to organize this student show and survey of contemporary abstract painting in Alabama.

Michael Willett currently lives and works in Birmingham, AL. He is as an Assistant Professor of Art and director of the foundations program at the University of Montevallo. He holds a MFA in Painting and Post-Grad degree in Museum Studies from the University of Cincinnati and a BFA in painting from the University of Montevallo.

Printmaking is one of eight areas of concentration for art majors at Montevallo. The program offers introductory and advanced classes in relief, intaglio, lithography, and screen printing. This exhibition features work from students in Art 430: Lithography.

35 works and 22 photographers are included in this survey of photographs taken in the American South between the years of 1956 and 2015. This exhibition brings together narratives that never intersected and photographers that devoted their lives to the methodical practice of burning images on to film with a box and a lens.

Ty Smith is an extraordinarily important and leading figure in Alabama’s arts community. His work exemplifies perfectly the philosophical and aesthetic directions contemporary painting is currently shifting towards. Smith’s approach to the canvas is congruent with that of the Color Field and Minimalist art movements of the post-war painting era and his methodical process is loaded with tradition and experimentation.

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.

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.

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.  

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.

Melissa Gilmore works as an artist and art teacher in the Birmingham area. She graduated from UAB with a BA in Art Studio and a Masters in Art Education.  

Statement: “My paintings exist in a space between order and nonsense. I work in a call-and-response manner in which each mark made calls for a counteraction to bring the composition into balance.

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.

Printmaker, painter, sculptor and ceramicist, Jane Marshall, received her MS and MFA from the University of Wisconsin where she studied with renowned artists Warrington Colescott and Walter Hamady.

Joseph and Misty Bennett met while undergraduate students at the Savannah College of Art and Design.  Joe continued his graduate studies at SCAD, earning his MFA in the Illustration department, and

Chip Cooper’s photo essay “Alabama Troubadours,” which is a part of the Hoover Public Library’s permanent collection, is showing in conjunction with the performance by the Alabama Troubadours

Bethanne Bethard Hill was 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.

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.

PaperWorkers Local was established as an open, collaborative workspace in order to give artist printmakers affordable access to professional quality facilities and equipment. The founding artists worked to purchase and recondition presses, tools, and additional equipment in order to provide a functioning studio.