The William Garnet Anderson Endowed Scholarship was established by Mr. William G. Anderson of Shreveport, Louisiana, a longtime supporter of the University, to support academic excellence in art and art history at UA. Anderson, a UA alumnus, is an active supporter of the College of Arts and Sciences and has endowed scholarships and support funds in the departments of history, geology, art and art history, as well as other programs. Anderson was a senior, double majoring in political science and history at UA when he returned to Louisiana in 1965 to join his father and brother in the family business. Today, Anderson Oil and Gas Inc., which he heads, is a regional, independent oil and gas developer.
Art Students Endowed Scholarship Fund established in 1981 by faculty, students and friends of the department to support academic excellence in art and art history at The University of Alabama.
The Elizabeth B. Bashinsky Endowed Art Scholarship was created by Elizabeth Crump to honor her maternal grandmother, Elizabeth Burford Bashinsky, and to support academic excellence in art and art history at UA. Mrs. Bashinsky was born in 1867, graduated with honors from Columbia Institute in Tennessee, and taught elementary school in Troy, Alabama, before marrying Leopold M. Bashinsky. Among her many acts of service, she was a member of the National Advisory Committee on Illiteracy, chaired the Ways and Means Committee of the illiteracy group in Pike County, and served as a trustee of Judson College for forty years. For her lifetime of service, she was inducted into the Alabama Women’s Hall of Fame and was awarded the Algernon Sidney Sullivan Award by both The University of Alabama and Judson College.
The Bradley Endowed Scholarship Fund was established by the late Mrs. Verne B. Henry (1903-1986) of Jefferson County, Ala., in the Bradley family name to support academic excellence in art and art history at UA. She earned her bachelor’s degree from UA in 1925. Miss Bradley taught art and English in the Birmingham city schools from 1925. She served as assistant supervisor of art in the Birmingham schools beginning in 1930 and as supervisor of art from 1937 through 1948. She held office in the Southeastern Art Association, the regional forerunner of the Art Education Department of the National Education Association.
The Joseph S. and Carolyn Bolt Endowed Support Fund in Art History was established by Dr. Joseph Bolt and his wife Carolyn Bolt in 2000 to promote academic excellence in research in art history by graduate students enrolled in the MA art history program. Dr. Bolt (1921-2002) served for 36 years as a professor of art and art history. He earned a BFA in art from the University of Georgia in 1942. Following three years of service in the US Air Force where he was stationed in Scotland, he obtained master’s degrees in art history and sociology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, in 1949; and a Ph.D. in art history from Harvard University in 1962. In 1984, Bolt received the Outstanding Commitment to Teaching Award, given by UA’s National Alumni Association. Carolyn Bolt (1921-2018) was also an artist, earning her BFA from the University of Georgia in 1942. During World War II, Carolyn worked as a draftswoman in the Brunswick, Georgia, Shipyards and continued her work as a draftswoman and technical artist at UNC-Chapel Hill, in Boston and at UA. She was actively involved in art department activities from the 1950s onward, including serving on the Board of Directors of the Friends of the Sarah Moody Gallery of Art. Her efforts continued into the 2000s when she and her husband established this fund to support students studying art. Read more about Dr. Joseph Bolt here.
The Russell J. Drake Endowed Scholarship Fund was established by Russell J. “Jack” Drake of Birmingham, Ala., to support academic excellence in art and art history at UA. Drake is a 1969 graduate of The University of Alabama School of Law and serves on the Paul Jones Advisory Board and the Leadership Board in the College of Arts and Sciences.
The Marilyn Williams Elmore Endowed Art Scholarship was established by Mrs. Mildred E. Hulsey of Birmingham to honor the memory of her mother, Marilyn Williams Elmore, and to support academic excellence in art and art history at UA. Mrs. Elmore (1923-2005) earned a BA in sociology in 1944. She participated in and contributed to many civic organizations including serving as a board member and then president of the Children’s Aid Society, and later of the Children’s Aid Society Foundation, and the Leadership Board of the College of Arts and Sciences of the University of Alabama.
The Farley Moody Galbraith Endowed Scholarship is one of our largest funds. Mrs. Farley Moody Galbraith, a generous donor who also established an endowment to support the Sarah Moody Gallery of Art, created the scholarship to support academic excellence in art and art history at UA. The Moody and Galbraith families have been longtime patrons of the arts and loyal supporters of The University of Alabama. Mrs. Galbraith’s mother, Sarah McCorkle Moody, established The University of Alabama’s Permanent Collection in 1950, and in 1967, the Sarah Moody Gallery of Art was named in honor of her.
The Galbraith Endowed Art Scholarship was also established by Mrs. Farley Moody Galbraith to support academic excellence in art and art history at UA.
The Angelo Granata Endowed Scholarship was established by Mrs. Clara L. Granata and other family and friends to support the education of students in the department of art and art history and to honor the memory of Professor Emeritus of Art Angelo “Jack” Granata (1922-2009). Scholarship recipients shall be known as Granata Scholars. Professor Granata’s parents and eldest sister immigrated to the US from Milan, Italy, and he grew up in Hoboken, New Jersey. Inspired by his father’s profession as a skilled tile mason, Granata went on to study sculpture at the University of Iowa, interrupted by his service in World War II as a lieutenant in the Navy aboard a tank landing ship in the Pacific Ocean. He returned to Iowa after the war and earned a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in fine arts at Iowa. In 1949, Professor Granata joined UA’s art faculty to teach sculpture until his retirement in 1988. He served as chair of the department, overseeing major renovations to Garland and Woods halls, and directed the Sarah Moody Gallery of Art. A prolific sculptor, he worked in a variety of media in both two- and three-dimensions and exhibited his work in every faculty art show at the University from 1949 to 2008. He exhibited his works in the Museum of Modern Art and the Forum Gallery of NYC, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the New Orleans Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, among many others. His works are held in numerous collections across the country. Read more about Professor Jack Granata.
The Barbara Ann Taylor Guthans Endowed Scholarship was established by C. Richard Wilkins and Jeanie Guthans Wilkins of Mobile, Ala., to honor Mrs. Wilkins’ mother, Barbara Ann Taylor Guthans, and to support academic excellence in art and art history at UA. Mrs. Guthans received her BFA degree in fine and applied arts from UA in 1954 and made a career as a commercial artist. She has served in positions of leadership for numerous civic and charitable organizations in Mobile, as well as on the College of Arts and Sciences’ steering committee for UA’s “Campaign for Alabama” capital campaign for UA’s Blount Undergraduate Initiative, now the Blount Scholars Program.
The Julie Peake Holaday Memorial Endowed Scholarship was established by Dr. John W. Holaday to support the education of students studying art and art history and to honor the memory of his sister Julie Peake Holaday (1942-1969). Julie Peake Holaday received her BFA in 1964 and her MFA in 1966 in art, both at The University of Alabama.
The Paul R. Jones Endowed Scholarship was established by Paul Raymond Jones (1928-2010), renowned for his art collection, his civil rights activism and his support for art education in the community, to support academic excellence in art and art history at UA. In 2008, Mr. Jones established the Paul R. Jones Collection of American Art at The University of Alabama in order to share the works of these artists and their significance with the people of Alabama and beyond and to educate students on the importance of art in life. The Paul R. Jones Museum features exhibitions built around works from the collection, and, along with the lecture series Jones established, focuses on making art accessible to the University and the wider community.
The Ann D. Lary Scholarship Fund was established by Mrs. Lary to support academic excellence in art and art history at UA. Mrs. Lary received her undergraduate degree from Wesleyan College and her graduate degree from UA. She was actively involved in the League of Women Voters, the Friends of the Library, and the Tuscaloosa and University Women Painters.
The Dr. Virginia Rembert Liles Endowed Scholarship in Art was established by Professor Emerita Liles to support the education of students in the department of art and art history. Dr. Liles (1921-2013), who earned a BA in art and English from the Alabama College for Women (now University of Montevallo), an MA in fine arts and fine arts education from Teachers’ College, Columbia University, an MA in art history from the University of Wisconsin, and a Ph.D. in art history from Columbia University, chaired the UA department of art and art history from 1982 until 1990 when she retired as professor emerita. Liles was the first woman art department chair at three Alabama institutions: Birmingham-Southern College, the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), and The University of Alabama. As Donaghey Distinguished Professor of Art and Art History at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Liles established UALR’s art history program. She took UAB’s fledgling art program to the department level and at UA she helped to establish the joint program for the Master of Arts degree in art history with UAB. In 1993, the College of Arts and Sciences’ Society for the Fine Arts awarded her the Distinguished Career Award. Read more about Virginia Rembert Liles.
The Carolyn Haddon “Julie” Matthews Memorial Endowed Scholarship was established by Carolyn M. Lowe of Birmingham, Ala., to honor the memory of her mother and to support academic excellence in art and art history at UA. Mrs. Mathews graduated from UA in 1961 with a BA in history and continued to be involved with the College of Arts and Sciences, most notably through her longtime support of the Society for the Fine Arts.
The Carol B. Merkle Endowed Scholarship was established to support academic excellence in art and art history at UA. Dr. Carol Merkle of Fort Walton Beach, Florida, is a 1978 graduate of The University of Alabama. Both she and her husband, Arthur, graduated from The University of Alabama School of Dentistry in 1983. Carol Merkle serves on the executive council and Arthur Merkle serves on the leadership council for the UA School of Dentistry Alumni Association.
The Myra and Jim Morgan Endowed Scholarship was established by Denise Morgan Milton, James P. Morgan, and Dennis Morgan, to promote academic excellence in art at UA, to honor the memory of their parents, Myra and Jim Morgan, and, the children stated, “to recognize the contribution their parents made through art to the overall depth of life.” Myra Dennis Morgan and James “Jim” Sherrod Morgan were Alabama natives and UA alumni. At UA, Mr. Morgan was active in the honorary art fraternity Kappa Pi and was a member and secretary of a select group of AFROTC cadets, the Arnold Air Society. He earned a BFA in 1958. Just before completing a master’s degree in art, he was called into service in the Air Force. Among his friends and fellow artists at UA were Jack Moore and William Christenberry. Together Mr. and Mrs. Morgan founded the Morgan Gallery in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1969 and brought contemporary art to an area where few galleries existed. In addition to operating the Morgan Gallery, Mrs. Morgan served as deputy director of the Belger Arts Center, a non-profit gallery in Kansas City that displays works from artists around the world. In 2005, she was posthumously awarded the Excellence in Visual Art and Education Award by the Kansas City Art Institute. The Morgans brought artists from across the country to a growing audience of both corporate and private collectors in the Midwest. They collected both contemporary art and Americana. The Morgan Collection is held in the Sarah Moody Gallery of Art Permanent Collection and includes artists such as Terry Allen, Robert Arneson, William Christenberry, Ken Ferguson, Frank Fleming, Viola Frey, Mel Ramos, Robert Stackhouse and William T. Wiley. All the Morgan children are UA alumni; Denise Morgan Milton received a BA in art history in 1985.
The Mary M. Morgan Memorial Art Scholarship Fund was established by Niel C. Morgan in 1978 to honor the memory of his late wife Mary Murphy Morgan and to support academic excellence in art and art history at UA. Niel C. Morgan founded N.C. Morgan Construction Company in Tuscaloosa and built numerous 20th-century landmarks in west Alabama including the Stafford Hotel, NorthRiver Yacht Club, Greenetrack greyhound park, and Rose Towers, as well as several buildings at UA and all the additions at DCH Regional Medical Center.
The Vernon Rutledge and Eugenia Otwell Rutledge Endowed Scholarship was established in 2009 by Jerry Otwell Rutledge to honor his parents, Vernon and Eugenia Otwell Rutledge, and to support academic excellence in art and art history at UA. Jerry Rutledge, a 1963 BFA graduate in art of the University, is a freelance artist and artistic director. He was the original creative director for the National Humanities Series of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation at Princeton University, among other honors. In addition to his artistic and business ventures, Rutledge is an art collector and strong supporter of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
The Alvin C. Sella and Joseph Sella Endowed Scholarship was established by the Sella family to honor the memory of Professor Alvin Sella and his father Joseph Sella and to support academic excellence in art and art history at UA. Professor Sella, who died in 2013, taught at The University of Alabama for five decades, first as a tenured professor of art, hired in 1961, and later after his retirement in 1996, as professor emeritus, until 2010. Born in West Hoboken, New Jersey, Alvin Sella studied art at the Yale School of Fine Arts, Art Students League of New York, Columbia University School of Arts, Syracuse University College of Fine Arts, University of New Mexico, and, independently, in Mexico. He has been represented in one-man shows, group shows, exhibitions, corporate collections, and private collections across the U.S. and internationally. His father, Joseph Sella, who died in 1973, immigrated from Italy as a child and was also an artist. He did architectural artwork in and on New York buildings until the outbreak of World War I when he took a job as production manager with the railroad spike and bolt division of US Steel and worked for 50 years. Read more about Professor Al Sella here.
The Emily Irene Thames Endowed Fine Arts Fellowship Fund was established in 1985 by William G. Thames in honor of Emily Irene Thames and to support academic excellence in graduate studies in studio art at UA.
The Windgate Charitable Foundation Endowed Studio Arts Scholarship is awarded to undergraduate or graduate students who excel in the area of fine arts including ceramics, painting, printmaking or sculpture. Recipients are known as Windgate Fellows.
The Richard Zoellner Scholarship was established in 1963 by an anonymous donor in honor of Professor Richard Zoellner (1909-2003), who taught printmaking at UA for 33 years and to support academic excellence in art and art history at UA. Professor Zoellner’s works are in collections ranging from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York to the Mint Museum of Art in North Carolina. Professor Zoellner founded UA’s fine art printmaking program in 1945, one of only two in the Southeast at the time. His printmaking program attracted to the state a generation of young artists and professionals to learn the craft of lithography and etching.
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