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. In 1997, he was awarded a grant from the Federal Republic of Germany to attend the European Center for Conservation and Historic Preservation in San Servolo/Venice, Italy, to further his study of the art of conserving and restoring frescos and other Renaissance and Baroque art forms. Jürgen currently teaches painting at Birmingham-Southern College. He is responsible for the restoration of the historic plasterwork in the Jefferson Tower building in downtown Birmingham and has also worked on a number of special art and conservation projects.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.