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SGAG RECEPTION: Border Stories – Juan Lopez-Bautista

November 18, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The University of Alabama Department of Art and Art History is proud to present the Master of Fine Arts exhibition of Juan Lopez-Bautista. Border Stories opens October 18 and will run through November 29, 2021, in the Sella-Granata Art Gallery, Woods Hall, UA campus. The gallery will host an artist’s reception on Thursday, November 18, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Juan Lopez-Bautista, a Mexican American artist and biologist, creates large mixed media works collaged with images related to people migrating to the US-Mexican border. The artworks, painted with acrylic washes, inks, dry pigments, and acrylic transfers on synthetic paper and panels, depict migrants, and the objects that represent their presence, immersed in an abstract landscape as in a struggle for survival. Lopez-Bautista uses images of the traces of migrants, traces that “show the remains from a journey, the residues of long and sometimes deadly crossings.” He explains, “the items left behind by immigrants are objects with meaning; they are remnants of stories to be told, clothing and shoes that someone wore, forgotten toys and dolls, and bags that at one time contained cherished heirlooms. Although the objects appear faded after being exposed for weeks or years to the desert conditions, they still vividly contrast with the arid and inhospitable environment.”

Read more about the exhibition here.

Sella-Granata Art Gallery hours are Monday 9:00 am-6:00 pm; Tuesday 12:30 pm-6:00 pm; Wednesday 9:00 am-8:00 pm; Thursday 12:30-8:00 pm; Friday 10:00 am-2:00 pm. Visitors are not required but may wear face coverings inside the gallery.


Sella-Granata Art Gallery
109 Woods Hall, 7th Avenue
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487 United States