Alumni News

Remembering Betty Mitchell Walter

Dr. Elizabeth C. “Betty” Mitchell Walter (MA 1969) died January 1, 2019. Walter was known as an artist, art educator, academic, administrator and author and served as professor and department chair for more than two decades at the University of North Alabama. But one of her most consequential roles was one that is least known:

Five Paintings by Wegrzynowski Featured in New Orleans

Instructor and alumnus Tom Wegrzynowski had five paintings selected for the 23rd Annual No Dead Artists International Juried Exhibition Of Contemporary Art. Julian the Apostate, The Red Planet, D Day, Liberation Day and Death of Caesar are all oils on canvas and were painted between 2017 and 2019. writes that he is interested in how history

Harrison Galleries Hosts Four Sculptors in July

Jennifer Gault, Sam Joslin, Jonathan Lanier and Ringo Lisko will showcase recent work in an exhibition, Intersection, at Harrison Galleries in downtown Tuscaloosa from July 3-17, with a reception for the artists on Friday, July 12, 6-9 pm. Jennifer Gault will present three new works that have never been exhibited, as well as one from

UA Alumni and Artist Features Her Favorite Art

Artist, alumni and Wellness Walls for Art curator Deborah Hughes has assembled an exhibition of her own favorites – works that she and husband Martin Bakker have chosen over the years to display in their home. Full House – When An Artist Collects the Work of Other Artists will be on display June 24 through

Casting Alabama’s Literary History

Cast bronze sculptures by students of Professor Craig Wedderspoon were unveiled in downtown Monroeville, Ala., in April, as part of the Literary Capital Sculpture Trail. Monroeville, the birthplace of author Harper Lee, and the home of the Alabama Writers Symposium for the past two decades, has been designated the Literary Capital of Alabama. The sculpture trail,

UA Artists Help Create Alabama Bicentennial Celebration

“As the Bicentennial approaches it has been obvious that our state’s artists have, throughout the years, been some of our best and most prolific story tellers. Clearly the arts and artists of Alabama will take a high profile position in celebrations statewide.” — Alabama State Council on the Arts Annual Report 2018 UA art and

Thornton Willis and Vered Lieb Present $985,000 Gift of Art

With his recent gift to the Sarah Moody Gallery of Art’s Permanent Collection, alumnus Thornton Willis’ art has found a home for his artistic legacy to live on through teaching and exhibiting. Willis, considered a second generation abstract expressionist, and his wife, art historian Vered Lieb, gave 27 paintings and two sketchbooks to UA last

Alumna Casts Sculptures for Bicentennial Project

April Terra Livingston’s new sculpture Motherwork stands as an iron-strong reminder of the endurance of women, and that it really does “take a village.” Celebrating the vital role of midwifery today and in history – termed “motherwork” by scholar Patricia Hill Collins – the cast iron sculpture is one of three new works by Livingston

UA Instructor Jamey Grimes Wins Select Southern Art Award

Full-time instructor Jamey Grimes has been named the 2019 South Arts State Fellowship recipient for Alabama and awarded $5,000. The South Arts State Fellowships are awarded to one artist each in nine southern states whose work reflects the best of the visual arts in the South. Artistic excellence is the sole criterion for selection.  Grimes will now compete for the Southern Prize,