UA Instructor’s Sculpture Installed at Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts

Jamey Grimes, artist’s rendering of Taraxacum, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Caddell Sculpture Garden

Instructor and alumnus Jamey Grimes’ sculpture, Taraxacum, has been installed in the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts John and Joyce Caddell Sculpture Garden.

UPDATE: Creative Conversations: Whimsy in the Garden with Jamey Grimes happens Wednesday, September 16, 5:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m. CDT on the MMFA’s Facebook page. The event is free and registration is not required, but if you have questions for the artist, you can submit them here.

The aluminum sculpture, a geometricized depiction of a dandelion flower gone to seed, arches over the garden’s reflecting pool, its seeds blowing lightly across the water to the pool’s opposite end. The museum writes: “In home gardens, the dandelion is often considered both a nuisance (a weed) and an object of wonder (blowing the seeds and making a wish). In the garden, the oversized Taraxacum is a captivating and whimsical interpretation of this flowering plant.” The sculpture is on loan to the MMFA for two years.

View more of Jamey Grimes’ digital renderings of the sculpture on his website.

Grimes, who has taught in UA’s department of art and art history since 2008 and is an alumni of its MFA program, has shown his artwork widely throughout the US, including Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, Tenn.; Stephen Smith Fine Art, Fairfield, Ala.; Kendall Galleries, Grand Rapids, Mich.; Dunedin Fine Art Center, Fla.; The Delaware Contemporary, Wilmington, Del.; Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, Grand Rapids, Mich.; Sculpture Key West; and FAT Village, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Grimes’ sculpture has been installed in the Pinnacle Bank in Nashville, Tenn., in the Pinellas County Health Department in Largo, Fla., and at the Fairmont Chicago at Millennium Park, Chicago, Il., as well as the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. He was named the 2019 South Arts State Fellowship recipient for Alabama, the 2015 Visual Arts Educator of the Year by the Arts Council of Tuscaloosa and was a 2012-2013 Alabama State Council on the Arts Visual Arts Fellowship recipient.

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