African American art

Art Historian Awarded Newberry Fellowship for Research

Dr. Wendy Castenell, assistant professor of African American art, has been awarded a Short-Term Fellowship by the Newberry Library in Chicago. The fellowship is sponsored by the Morrison Shearer Foundation to support Dr. Castenell’s research on the Chicago photographer Helen Balfour Morrison (1901-1984). Castenell will spend six weeks, during the summer of 2021, at the

When They See Us, What Do They See? Perspectives on Black Art

The Paul R. Jones Museum presents When They See Us, What Do They See?: Perspectives on Black Art, August 7 – September 25, 2020, curated by Barbara-Shae Jackson. While Tuscaloosa and The University of Alabama practice safe distancing, the museum is open by appointment only. Call (205) 345-3038 or email the director for more information. What

UA Art Historian Reveals Afro-Creole Leadership Through Art Patronage

Assistant Professor of African American art, Dr. Wendy Castenell, recently published “The Architects of Reconstruction: Alcès Family Portraits as Emblems of Afro-Creole Leadership.” She tells the story of the artistic production and patronage among “a class of assertive and vocal Afro-Creole leaders” in New Orleans who became political activists in the city after its fall

It’s Like That: Paul Jones Museum Posts Virtual Tour of Current Show

While UA operates in a limited capacity in order to stem the spread of COVID-19, the Paul R. Jones Museum is closed to the public. However, we are excited to share this short video of our current exhibition, made by Jamey Grimes. It’s Like That: Selections from the Collection of Rebecca and Jack Drake, curated

Paul R. Jones Collection Featured on ‘Spirit of Alabama’

Emily Bibb, curator and collections manager of the Paul R. Jones Collection of American Art, was recently featured in WVUA 23’s Spirit of Alabama with Mike Royer. Bibb takes viewers behind the scenes in the collection to talk about the artwork and the story of the collector, Paul R. Jones, a native of Bessemer. Watch

Students Highlight Cultural Impact of Immigration in Exhibition

The Paul R. Jones Museum is proud to present “Public Charge”: Diasporic Immigrant Artists, November 1-December 13, 2019. A closing reception will be held on First Friday, December 6, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. “Public Charge” features works by Latin and Caribbean artists from the Paul R. Jones Collection of American Art, curated by Dr.

Acclaimed Atlanta Artist To Speak at UA

Artist and educator Larry Walker will offer a presentation on his six decades of artwork and experiences in the art  world as part of the Paul R. Jones Lecture Series, Tuesday, February 26, 2019, in the AIME Building on UA campus.  Walker’s art has been featured in over 200 exhibitions, including a two-part retrospective – Larry Walker: The

UA Art History Professor Presents Research in England

Dr. Wendy Castenell traveled to the United Kingdom to present her paper, “Mutable Identities: The Performance of ‘Whiteness’ in a Colonial Louisiana Portrait” at Durham University’s Portraiture Conference in July. The conference was sponsored by the Centre for Visual Arts and Culture. Castenell noted, “It’s a rare opportunity to be able to present my research