Remembrances of the life of UA art alumnus WILLIAM CHRISTENBERRY (Nov. 5, 1936-Nov. 28, 2016) in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the New Yorker, NPR and in AL.com by Sarah Moody Gallery of Art Director William Dooley, attest to the depth and breadth of his contributions to the art world, as well as to his cultural influence in the South.
In 2009, Christenberry’s solo exhibition at the Sarah Moody Gallery of Art coincided with his 50th class reunion and his birthday, so Dean of Arts & Sciences Robert Olin and Lin Olin took Bill (also a Bama fan) and his wife Sandi Christenberry to the Alabama-LSU football game. Remembering his friend, Dean Olin said, “Bill loved Alabama with all its beauty and imperfections. He spent his life having his artwork reflect this love. He was a humble man who seemed amazed at how successful a Hale County man could become. He was a tremendous ambassador for the state and University.”