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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. Abstraction, realism, minimalism and surrealism are currently experiencing a phenomenal resurgence in contemporary photography circles and a whole new generation of photographers are exploring the possibilities of the medium and building upon the work of photographers such as Wolfgang Tillmans, William Eggleston, Jan Dibbets, John Chiara and so forth.

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. In this show, Celeste presents the beginning of an exploration of how her art mediums of drawing, print making, sculpture and photography can be used to show the relationships of the human form to the plant world.
Celeste believes, "Plants have skeletal, vascular and tissue structures that remind us of forms we see inside and outside of our human bodies".

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.

Winnie K. Cooper was born in Buffalo, NY and graduated from Birmingham Southern College in 1966 with a BA in Art. While living in Portland, Oregon she studied calligraphy and, in 1981, she founded Winsomes Designs and published her own line of note cards that were sold nationwide. In 1983, she returned to Alabama and began a long career as artist.

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.

The Alabama Pastel Society was founded in October of 2000 and is an artist run non-profit that produces exhibitions for its members in Alabama and the surrounding states. Artists included in the exhibition: Rollina Oglesbay, Kathy Atchison, Marguerite Whitehead Edwards, Denise Doyle Hughes, Cori Inglis, Cynthia Luck and Miriam McClung.

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.

‘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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.