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Fragmented and Forgotten: Amber Quinn Master of Arts Thesis Exhibition

Photograph by Amber Quinn
Amber Quinn, “Unwomanly,” photograph, spring 2019

The University of Alabama’s Department of Art and Art History is pleased to present the master of arts thesis exhibition of Amber Quinn, titled Fragmented and Forgotten, at the Historic Drish House in downtown Tuscaloosa.

Due to concerns for the safety of its visitors and staff, the Historic Drish House has postponed this exhibit from April to a date to be announced. An online exhibition of the Quinn’s thesis work will be forthcoming. 

Quinn’s work for this exhibition developed out of her experience as a black woman who lives with the history of slavery in America. She uses self-portraiture to insert herself into the reality of an enslaved woman’s experience. “I am interested in the notion of how our unknown and involuntary inheritance from our history still affects me currently. “By inserting myself within this body of work I am able to have a clearer understanding of the composed façade the enslaved woman had to maintain. This creative discovery through self-portraiture also helped me to better understand the hidden transcripts of the enslaved woman’s experience that were often silenced.”

A native of Jacksonville, Ala., Amber Quinn is a graduate student in photography and assists in ART 388 (Studio Photography). Quinn received the BA in photography from the University of Montevallo. She has exhibited her work in the 2nd Annual Juried Show in recognition of Black History Month and the Annual Graduate Student Show, where she presented a gallery talk on her work.

This exhibition is made possible in part by a grant from The Arts and Humanities Council of Tuscaloosa County. Since the advent of the Small Grants Program in 1986, local artists and organizations have received more than $140,000. For more information about the program including guidelines, visit this page on their website.

A thesis exhibition is one of the requirements for the successful completion of the Master of Arts program in the UA Department of Art and Art History. For more information about the department of art and art history’s degree programs, visit our website.

The Historic Drish House is located at 2300 17th St., Tuscaloosa. Contact them at  205-765-8023 for information on hours.