Art Alumnus Pat Snow at The UA Gallery in August

Pat Snow, “Ballcap,” 2022, oil on wood, 7 x 5 inches. Courtesy of the artist.

The University of Alabama Gallery announces the opening show of the fall exhibition season: Pat Snow: You Will Never Read My Poetry. The exhibition will be on view from First Friday, August 5 through September 28, 2022, with a reception for the artist on First Friday, September 2, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Pat Snow investigates narrative structures and storytelling in his work. Informed by the DIY and Outsider movements of the 1980s and ‘90s, he pulls from low and high art, and words, ideas, and images from sources such as pop songs, blues lyrics, and Noam Chomsky. Snow writes, “The art and words are combined to try to find a place where our inner monologue rests alongside conversation from outside of oneself.”

The question for the viewer, he notes, is, “can the narrator be trusted? Does the narrator even trust their own words?” 

Pat Snow, “Burden,” oil on wood, 10 x 8 inches. Courtesy of the artist.

Snow, a Birmingham, Alabama, native, recently returned after a decade in Austin, Texas, where he held solo and group exhibitions including at the Contemporary Museum Austin and GrayDUCK Gallery, Austin. The Austin Chronicle named Snow in their top art shows in year-end lists for several years.

Snow was a studio assistant for Luis Jiménez, Robert Colescott and Howard Finster, and worked with B. F. Perkins and Mose Tolliver. He received the MFA in painting and drawing from the University of Arizona, where he studied with Colescott and Jiménez. He received the BFA in studio art from UA where he studied with Al Sella and worked with Kentuck Festival and Art Center founder Georgine Clarke. He has been awarded an artist fellowship by the Alabama State Council on the Arts and his work is in the collections of museums including the Birmingham Museum of Art.

The University of Alabama Gallery is an essential part of the education and development of UA students and our community. Admission to the gallery is free. The gallery is located in the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center at 620 Greensboro Avenue in Tuscaloosa. It is open Monday through Friday, 9 am-4 pm and First Fridays 12 noon-7 pm. Have questions or need assistance? Call (205) 345-3038. 

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