GRAD ART STUDENTS EXHIBIT IN GORGAS LIBRARY’S JAVA CITY
Bruce Henry, MFA candidate in photo, and Stephen Watson, new grad student in painting have work on show in the Java City coffee shop on the first floor of Gorgas Library. The exhibit is curated by William T. Dooley, director of the Sarah Moody Gallery of Art. Nearby is an animation by Dr. Brian Evans, professor of digital media in the Department of Art and Art History, displayed on the large screen above the entrance to Java City. The video combines digital images and sound. See photos of the exhibit here.
NEW COLLEGE STUDENTS RESPOND TO INCOMING! EXHIBITION
Emily Tipps’s Creativity Class (NEW 212) recorded personal responses to art works recently in a visit to INCOMING! the exhibition of new graduate students in the studio program. in the Sella-Granata Gallery. The students walked around the gallery, looked and made notes about the art works. Tipps said that students will present their finished compositions, which might be in a variety of media, before the class later in the semester.
ART GOES TO THE BEACH
At the end of May, Theatre and Dance Department chair Bill Teague drove art works by our grad students Aynslee Moon, Jason Doblin, and BFA students Jeremy Davis, Patrick O’Sullivan, and Patricia Davis to the George C. Meyer Theatre Arts Center in Gulf Shores for display in conjunction with the Seventh Annual SummerTide Theatre through the month of June.
SLASH PINE POETRY FESTIVAL GETS RAINED IN
Vicki Rial, Gallery Coordinator, and Joseph P. Woods, Festival coordinator, puddled poetry and visual art together on Saturday, April 24, 2010, in the Sarah Moody Gallery of Art. Poets Kristin Aardsma, Marc Burnette, Robert Gray, Jenny Gropp Hess, Brent House, Michael Mejia, Robin Lee Mozer, Alexis Orgera, and Emily Tipps recited among the recently hung works of An Eyeful: Selections from the Permanent Collection. The festival is a production of the Slash Pine Poetry Press in the UA English Department. Hope it rains next year!
Craig Wedderspoon and Jamey Grimes painted UA’s Coleman Coliseum pink inside and outside for the Power of Pink, UA’s annual breast cancer awareness event to raise money for research. According to the Tuscaloosa News, over the years, the UA Athletic Department’s pink-themed programs have raised more than $850,000 for the DCH cancer fund.
Drive By Press Art Collective printmakers demonstrated engraving and lithographic techniques to Sarah Marshall‘s advanced printmaking class and demonstrated the art and craft of block printmaking on paper and textiles on The University of Alabama Crimson Promenade, Feb. 10 and 11, 2010. They created and printed a new design especially for this visit entirely from their “pull up and print” vehicle.
ART AND SONG
Fleming sang songs by Francis Poulenc, Richard Wilson, Stephen Sondheim and others, composed around the works of artists from Pablo Picasso to Jackson Pollock to Grandma Moses, with images of the artists’ paintings, gathered by Visual Resources Curator Rachel Dobson, projected onstage during the performance, held Thursday evening, January 14, 2010, 7:30 pm, in the Moody Music Building on the UA campus.
A STUDY IN BRONZE AND STEEL
LINDSAY JONES LINDSEY, a BFA major with a focus in sculpture, was selected to participate in a “summer shadowing experience” with reconstructive surgeon Dr. Gaylon McCollough in Mobile in the summer of 2009 and again in December, 2009. Inspired by her experiences with Dr. McCollough, she created a bronze bust of a woman’s face with one side of the face exposed to show the bone and muscle anatomy. The work was accepted into the 2010 UA Undergraduate Juried Exhibition. Lindsey has also been participating in a collaborative lighting project, Light as Material, which brings together students from the Department of Art and Art History, the College of Engineering, and the Interior Design Program in the College of Human Environmental Sciences to develop solutions for areas on campus in need of lighting design. As part of this class, Lindsey developed a stainless steel sculpture that uses the reflective nature of the medium as an element in the piece. It is a three-dimensional representation of a Fibonacci Spiral that will be housed in the Science and Engineering courtyard. In recognition of her research for the project, she received the Olin B. King Scholarship. In addition, Lindsey received the McWane Undergraduate Research Scholarship from the Honors College to fund the creation of the sculpture. Read more about Lindsey’s project on page 3 of our newsletter.
REBUILDING THE BERLIN WALL
The Sella-Granata Art Gallery in Woods Hall served recently as a workshop for students in Barbara Fischer’s GN 403 to create an art project that was part of the Berlin Wall 20th anniversary remembrance and panel discussion on November 6, 2009, in Ferguson Theatre.
Graduate student in German Sharon Gardner and other students needed help assembling and framing their recreation of the old Berlin Wall in foamboard, so enlisted the expertise of our department Senior Art Technician Mark Stevenson, and art students Harrison Prince and Patrick O’Sullivan.
The students’ “Wall” hung in the foyer of the Ferguson Theatre for the panel discussion, “The Cold War & The Fall of the Berlin Wall: A Retrospective” from 4 to 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6, at the Ferguson Theatre on The University of Alabama campus. For more information, click here.