Fragmented and Forgotten: Amber Quinn Master of Arts Thesis Exhibition

Photograph by Amber Quinn
Amber Quinn, “We thought we had such problems. How were we to know we were happy?” satin inkjet print, 24 x 36 inches.

The University of Alabama’s Department of Art and Art History is proud to announce Fragmented and Forgotten, the master of arts thesis exhibition of Amber Quinn. Quinn’s exhibition, originally scheduled for April, will be held July 8-24, 2020, in The Arts Council Gallery at the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center in Tuscaloosa. The gallery is open Monday through Friday, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and visitors are asked to wear masks in accordance with the City of Tuscaloosa mask ordinance.

Quinn’s work is also presented in an online exhibition on and on, and in a video by The Arts Council of Tuscaloosa here.

Quinn’s work for this exhibition developed out of her experience as a black woman who lives with the history of slavery in America. She uses self-portraiture to insert herself into the reality of an enslaved woman’s experience. “I am interested in the notion of how our unknown and involuntary inheritance from our history still affects me currently. By inserting myself within this body of work I am able to have a clearer understanding of the composed façade the enslaved woman had to maintain. This creative discovery through self-portraiture also helped me to better understand the hidden transcripts of the enslaved woman’s experience that were often silenced.”

A native of Jacksonville, Ala., Amber Quinn is a graduate student in photography and assists in ART 388 (Studio Photography). Quinn received the BA in photography from the University of Montevallo. She has exhibited her work in the 2nd Annual Juried Show in recognition of Black History Month and the Annual Graduate Student Show, where she presented a gallery talk on her work.

View a sampling of Quinn’s exhibition below. To take a virtual tour, go to or

This exhibition is made possible in part by a grant from The Arts and Humanities Council of Tuscaloosa County. Since the advent of the Small Grants Program in 1986, local artists and organizations have received more than $140,000. For more information about the program including guidelines, visit this page on their website.

A thesis exhibition is one of the requirements for the successful completion of the master of arts program in the UA Department of Art and Art History. For more information about our degree programs, visit our website.

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