Alumna Celebrates 10 Years with Quilters Guild Exhibition

Handmade quilts surround their creators in the West Alabama Quilters Guild

Alumna Deborah Hughes announced the opening of a new exhibition at the University Medical Center in Tuscaloosa, “A Whole Lot of Quilting Going On.” Members of the venerable West Alabama Quilters Guild are showing creations by members, family and friends as part of Hughes’ long-running exhibition series, Wellness Walls for Art. The brightly colored handmade works are hung along the long hallways of the medical center and brighten up many patients’, as well as regular staffs’, time spent there.

The exhibition at the University Medical Center, 850 Peter Bryce Drive, Tuscaloosa, will run from January 26 through March 3, 2023. Exhibition hours are Mon. – Fri. 8:00- 5:00.

For more than thirty years, the West Alabama Quilters Guild has created quilts for pleasure and as a service to the West Alabama community. Over the years guild members have made hundreds of charity quilts and donated them to neighbors and individuals receiving services through many local organizations including the Ronald McDonald House, Veteran’s Affairs, Tuscaloosa Sheriff’s office, Tuscaloosa Children’s Center, and Turning Point, to name a few. In addition, they said that they send quilts to other communities where disasters have struck as a way of giving back the kindness they received from quilters across the country after Tuscaloosa’s April 27, 2011, tornado. The guild regularly shows and demonstrates quilting techniques at the Kentuck Festival of the Arts (October), and they produce a major show of their work every two years. For more information, visit their website.

About the Wellness Walls for Art Exhibitions

Artist and UA art alumna Deborah Hughes has curated art exhibitions at the University Medical Center since 2013. Past years’ shows include Small Curious Wonders, Side by Side: Paintings of Henry and Ann BetakMetaphysics in Almost Black and WhiteRecaptured, Rediscovered, and ReconsideredThe Artist’s Studio, Inside and Out, A Sense of Place, A Brush With Art – Paintings by The Tuscaloosa and University Painters; The Many Faces of Art in Adult Continuing Education; About People and Quilting and Carving, featuring the prints of Isadora Bullock and quilts by the West Alabama Quilters Guild, and More Quilting, Carving, and Printing Too!, among others.

For more information, contact Deborah Hughes at 205 310 5939 or email deborahhughes50 @

For information about The University of Alabama’s programs in studio art and art history, visit our Degree Programs page.