Since 1950, the Sarah Moody Gallery of Art, supported by The University of Alabama’s College of Arts and Sciences, has collected works on paper, photography, prints, paintings, and small sculpture. The gallery regularly presents exhibitions from this Permanent Collection. Additional program funding is provided by the Farley Moody Galbraith Endowed Exhibition Fund.

The collection is both a permanent asset and a teaching tool. Now constituting one of the best institutional collections in Alabama, it also illustrates the passing currents that keep the visual arts a vital and incisive record of contemporary history.
–James R. Nelson, visual arts critic emeritus for the Birmingham News and first executive director of the Alabama School of Fine Arts

Read an essay by SMGA gallery director William T. Dooley on the history of the Permanent Collection and its new facilities. View images of the curation space built in 2014-15 on Flickr

Jim Dine, "The Mandrake," William and Sara Hall Collection, Sarah Moody Gallery of Art, The University of AlabamaTom Scott (American, 1928-2013), Untitled, n.d., oil on canvas, 27 ¾ x 27 inches, Gift of the artist, P1971.74 Frank Fleming, Mr. Peanut Sculpture with Golden Egg, n.d.

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The Alabama Biennial – UA’s “outdoor permanent collection”

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"Star" by alumnus William Christenberry is in our Permanent Collection. Howard Goodson, "Exercize in Nostalgia," Sarah Moody Gallery of Art Permanent Collection Associate deans and visitors at the Dean's open house for the new curation space for the Sarah Moody Gallery of Art's Permanent Collection at The University of Alabama.