TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Sophomore studio art major Anna Sella will present an exhibition, Explorations, in the Betak-Frangoulis Art Gallery at Canterbury Chapel during the month of December. The public is invited to the opening reception, Friday, December 1, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm in the chapel’s Student Center on Hackberry Lane, part of Tuscaloosa’s First Friday festivities.
Explorations showcases the wide variety of media Sella has “explored” over time. On display will be works in pen and ink, acrylic, digital media, charcoal, collage, graphite and sculpture that she created in class as well as in her free time. Sella said, “I have learned so many techniques that have improved my skills in my art classes, I wanted to make sure to have many in-class pieces.”
Sella explains her interest in both traditional and new media: “My concentration is in digital media, yet I love working in the studio on drawings and paintings. This stems from growing up in a very artsy family and everyone around me having an appreciation for drawings and paintings. I started drawing when I was very little, but later I stumbled upon the idea of marrying art and technology. I taught myself Photoshop and have had a love for digital media ever since. The use of color against bold blacks and whites is a constant theme throughout all of my work, which will be seen within my selected pieces.”
Sella is working toward the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in digital media, with plans to graduate in 2020. The BFA is the professional degree for the artist. She received the Mary M. Morgan Memorial Art Scholarship Fund for the 2017-2018 school year. Anna Sella is the granddaughter of the late Professor Emeritus Alvin C. Sella, who retired from the Department of Art and Art History in 1996 and continued to teach painting and drawing classes until 2010.
A Facebook event for the exhibition is here.
For more information about the BFA degree and the other degree programs in the UA Department of Art and Art History, go to https://art.ua.edu/academics/undergraduate-programs/babfa-in-studio-art/ or contact the department at (205) 348-5967.