Dr. Robert Mellown is our resident expert on historic architecture on UA campus and in Tuscaloosa, as well as historic structures in Alabama and beyond. He is the author of The University of Alabama: A Guide to the Campus and Its Architecture, and contributed to The University of Alabama – A Pictorial History by Suzanne R. Wolfe

Trailblazer for Women: Virginia Rembert Liles

Originally published in the fall 2012 issue of The Loupe, as “Trailblazer for Women Leads UA Art into the Future,” by Rachel Dobson. When her former colleagues talk about Virginia Pitts Rembert Liles, the word “gracious” appears frequently in their descriptions of her. “She was gracious and diplomatic,” says Robert Mellown, UA professor emeritus of

Exhibition Brings Back Alumni Memories of the Civil Rights Era

Reprinted from the spring/summer 2012 issue of  The Loupe Two paintings by the renowned artist Lee Krasner (1908 – 1984) were part of the recent exhibition, Commingling Contemporary: Selections from the Permanent Collection, in the Sarah Moody Gallery of Art. The show also included an oil on paper painting by former UA art professor and nationally

Robert Mellown Retires After A Career “Off the Beaten Path”

After 40 years of teaching, research, and service, our colleague, professor, friend and go-to guy for historical information, Dr. Robert Oliver Mellown, is retiring from The University of Alabama. Many of us have known Dr. Mellown in at least one of these capacities: professor of art and architectural history, researcher and writer, local heritage supporter,