Sella-Granata Art Gallery Showcases International Graphic Design Posters

(Tuscaloosa, AL)—The UA Department of Art and Art History presents a selection of 68 posters from the 2023 United States International Poster Biennial (USIPB), October 20 – November 14, 2023, in the Sella-Granata Art Gallery, Woods Hall, UA. There will be a reception on Thursday, November 2 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

The exhibited posters were chosen from 260 poster designs juried from more than 7,000 entries submitted for the inaugural competition by professional and student artists, graphic designers, photographers and visual communicators from 75 countries around the globe. Jurors were Rikke Hansen, Angelina Lippert, Saki Mafundikwa, Woody Pirtle, Drueding + Scorsone, Felipe Taborda, Xiao Yong, and Agnieszka Ziemiszewska. The SGAG is one of only a few venues nationwide to display the posters.

The 260 works were submitted in three main categories and two thematic categories. The works on exhibit in the SGAG are from the “Social” category. The show has been organized for the gallery by Assistant Professor Jonathan Cumberland, whose poster design, How Will We Be Remembered?, was one of those juried into the competition.

“I am honored not only to host but to be included in this inaugural poster biennial,” Cumberland said. “This exhibition will serve not only as a great visual experience for all the gallery visitors, but a great educational experience for our graphic design majors and all our students, as it will showcase posters from designers all over the world.”

The United States International Poster Biennial was founded in 2022 by Christopher Scott and Ryan Slone, both Iowa State assistant professors of graphic design. The exhibition began its tour at Iowa State University, with stops in Long Beach, California, at Purdue University, Temple University, and the University of Arkansas, as well as The University of Alabama.

Hours for the Sella-Granata Art Gallery are Monday through Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. when school is in session. The gallery, located in Woods Hall 109 on 7th Avenue, UA campus, in Tuscaloosa, features student exhibitions as well as visiting artists and is an essential part of the education and development of UA students and our community. 

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