Monumental in Microcosm: The Models and Drawings of Ronald Bladen

The Sarah Moody Gallery of Art is excited to present ANGLE/EDGE/PLANE: The Sculpture of Ronald Bladen. The exhibition will open January 13 and run through March 5, 2021.
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exhibition showcard for Minimalist sculpture exhibition

Models and drawings by the Canadian American sculptor Ronald Bladen (1918-1988) will fill the Sarah Moody Gallery with rhythm and power for this exhibition. Each of the scale models or preliminary sketches here grew into a large-scale piece of outdoor sculpture. Visitors to the gallery will be able to see the creative planning that gave birth to Bladen’s monumental works, which are located throughout the US, Germany and Saudi Arabia.

Bladen studied art at the Vancouver School of Art in British Columbia and at the California School of Fine Arts in San Francisco. He worked as a welder for a time and subsequently followed his artist friend, Al Held, to New York in 1956. Bladen worked in New York from 1956 until his death in 1988, teaching at Columbia University, Parsons New School of Design and the School of Visual Arts.

Bladen played the saxophone and had an affinity for jazz, which some critics see in his works, one calling his sculptures “unabashedly emotive.” His awards included a Guggenheim Memorial Award (1970) and a National Endowment for the Arts Award (1977). His large-scale sculptures are located throughout the US, Germany and Saudi Arabia.

The gallery recognizes the Ewing Gallery, Knoxville, Tenn.; the Loretta Howard Gallery, New York and the Ronald Bladen estate for the loan of works on exhibition.

Visiting the Gallery during the COVID-19 Pandemic

The SMGA is an essential part of the education and development of UA students and our community. We invite you to visit the gallery for a class, an opportunity to look at art, or just a quiet, meditative respite from the outside world. The gallery is open to the public with reduced capacity during the COVID-19 pandemic. Visitors must wear face coverings inside the gallery and maintain a minimum distance of six feet from others. The gallery is limited to fifteen (15) visitors at a time. Have questions or need assistance? Call (205) 348-1891. Visit the SMGA exhibitions on Instagram and Flickr.

Funding support for the Sarah Mood­­­y Gallery of Art comes from the department of art and art history and the College of Arts and Sciences. Additional support comes from the Farley Moody Galbraith Endowed Exhibition Fund. Admission to the gallery is free. Hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m., and 1:00–4:30 p.m., when school is in session. The gallery is located at 103 Garland Hall in the heart of UA campus on Woods Quad. Information about visitor parking is available on the UA Parking Services website. Parking is free on campus in a legal space after business hours. For further information, contact the gallery at 348-1891 or visit the gallery’s listing in this website.