Assistant Professor of Art Pete Schulte has been named the 2017 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. The South Arts Southern Prize and State Fellowships acknowledge, support and celebrate the highest quality artistic work being created in the American South. The program is open to individual artists living in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. Schulte is now eligible for the South Arts Southern Prize to be awarded in Atlanta on Monday, April 24. First place will receive $25,000 and a runner-up will receive $10,000. Pete Schulte is Assistant Professor of Drawing in The University of Alabama Department of Art and Art History. He received the MFA in painting and drawing from The University of Iowa in 2008. He has held solo exhibitions at Jeff Bailey Gallery, Hudson New York; Whitespace, Atlanta; Luise Ross Gallery, New York City; Biggin Gallery at Auburn University; and UAB Visual Arts Gallery at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. His work has been in recent group exhibitions at Zeitgeist Gallery, Nashville; Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, Atlanta; Transmitter Gallery, Brooklyn; Galerie Look&Listen in Saint-Chamas, France and Jeff Bailey Gallery, New York City. Schulte has been awarded art residencies at the Hambidge Center, Yaddo, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Atlantic Center for the Arts and Threewalls. His work has been reviewed in Art in America, World Sculpture News, Burnaway and New Art Examiner, among other publications. Schulte lives in Birmingham, Alabama. In 2013 he co-founded The Fuel And Lumber Company curatorial initiative with artist Amy Pleasant. His work is represented by Jeff Bailey Gallery in Hudson, New York and Whitespace in Atlanta. Go to our website for more information about UA’s Department of Art and Art History degree programs.