Faculty & Staff News

New Book Combining Photography and Meditation Lauded

UA associate professor Chris Jordan‘s new book, Nowhere in Place (GFT Publishing, 2021), explores the meeting place between meditation and photography with pictures Jordan has taken in his travels to Alabama, Colorado and India. Jordan’s practice is to meditate before going out to take pictures, which allows him to “see the world in fresh ways,

Art & Art History Summer Faculty Accolades 2021

Catch up on what our faculty have been doing during the spring and summer of 2021. Books Published Associate Professor Dr. Tanja Jones‘ edited volume of essays titled Women Artists in the Early Modern Courts of Europe c. 1450-1700 is now available from Amsterdam University Press. Associate Professor Chris Jordan‘s book Nowhere in Place is

UA Artist and Historian Collaborate on Climate Change Exhibit

The University of Alabama Gallery and the Collaborative Arts Research Initiative are proud to present the exhibition, Dangerous Landscapes: Legacies of Nineteenth-Century Progress in the Age of Climate Change, August 6 through September 24, 2021, with a First Friday reception on September 3 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Check out the exhibition highlights online! UPDATE:

Ceramics Professor Pushes New Materials into Traditional Clay

A new international exhibition, Clay+, proposed and juried by Assistant Professor Wade MacDonald, opens on August 6 at the Clay Center of New Orleans. The show will run from August 6 through September 18, 2021. Clay+ features fourteen ceramicists selected by MacDonald who use clay in conjunction with other materials in their respective practices. Although

Spring/Summer Loupe Features Murals, Music and More

The spring/summer issue of The Loupe – our once-a-semester encapsulation of news and activities of the students, faculty and alumni in the UA Department of Art and Art History — is out! The cover story of this issue features a unique mural project headed up by Chair and Professor Jason Guynes for a downtown Tuscaloosa hotel.

UA Artist Explores Black Father-Son Relationships

The newest installment of Celestia Morgan’s Dear Black Son (DBS) portrait project has been posted to a billboard towering over a busy freeway in downtown Birmingham, Alabama’s Southside neighborhood. Morgan’s monumental work, which displays the bold letters, “COME HOME SAFELY,” and bears the hashtag #dearblacksonproject, appears over the Red Mountain Expressway, officially known as the

Fellowship Recipient Travels to Chicago for Art History Research

This summer, Dr. Wendy Castenell has been in Chicago researching her latest book project at the Newberry Library and she sent us some photos! Castenell, assistant professor of African American art, won a Short-Term Fellowship from the Newberry Library, sponsored by the Morrison Shearer Foundation. The fellowship supports Dr. Castenell’s research on the Chicago photographer

Alumni, Faculty and Students Combine Forces in New Hotel Mural Project

Good things come when UA alumni, faculty and students work together to create something new in Tuscaloosa. UA alumna Andrea Gillespie of Nashville was hired by Cohen Investments to be the principal interior designer of a new hotel in Tuscaloosa, Homewood Suites by Hilton. Gillespie, who is owner and principal of AK Designs LLC and

UA Professor’s Photos Acquired by High Museum of Art

As the result of an award for her work, five photographs by Assistant Professor Allison Grant have been acquired by the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, for their permanent collection. Grant won the Portfolio 2020 Purchase Award from the Atlanta Photography Group (APG) and APG purchased Grant’s work and donated it to the High Museum.