Tuscaloosa. — The University of Alabama Department of Art and Art History is pleased to present Waterways, the master of arts exhibition of Ulrike Franz, April 4-11, 2019, in the Sella-Granata Art Gallery on UA campus. The public is invited to a reception for the exhibition Monday, April 8, 5-8 p.m.Ulrike Franz, "Dropdots," 2019, screenprint and watercolor painting on paper, ca. 19 x 19 inches. Image courtesy of the artist.

Originally from Germany, Ulrike Franz is a papermaker, printmaker and painter. Franz said her art work is inspired by her surroundings and she has been overwhelmed by the diversity of the natural world since she has lived in Alabama. “During the past few years in Alabama, the observation of water has become more and more interesting to me,” she said, “as Tuscaloosa is surrounded by many lakes, creeks and rivers. The moving water surface creates patterns that fascinate me.”

This exhibition features Franz’s work in several series of prints and paintings on paper created in the past two years, as well as photo-based prints series of cyanotypes and screen prints that are mixed with watercolor paintings.

Ulrike Franz has held solo and group exhibitions of her artwork in Germany, France, Hungary and the Czech Republic. She was artist-in-residence in Szolnok, Hungary; freelanced in graphic design, painting; taught art classes to adults and children; and has worked as a gallery assistant and collections manager. Franz received the MA in art history, archeology and anthropology at the University of Tübingen, and has taken courses in Book Arts at The University of Alabama. She has held a private glider pilot license since 1983.

Ulrike Franz, "Water-Pattern," 2017, watercolor on paper, 16 x 22 inches. Image courtesy of the artist. Ulrike Franz, "Flow," 2018, marbling and watercolor on printmaking paper, 10 x 10 inches. Image courtesy of the artist. Ulrike Franz, “Glass gives another meaning to a liquid,” 2018, cyanotype on handmade paper, 10 x 10 inches. Image courtesy of the artist.

Ulrike Franz and Jude Anogwih, Collaborative Artist Book, 2019, mixed media, ca. 16 x 20 x 1 inches. Image courtesy Ulrike Franz. Ulrike Franz, "Splash," 2017, watercolor on handmade paper, 10 x 10 inches. Image courtesy of the artist. Ulrike Franz, "Dropdots," 2019, screenprint and watercolor painting on paper, ca. 19 x 19 inches. Image courtesy of the artist.

For more information about the UA Department of Art and Art History and its programs, visit this link: https://art.ua.edu/academics/ or contact the department at (205) 348-5967. 

Funding support for the Sella-Granata Art Gallery comes from the Department of Art and Art History and the College of Arts and Sciences. Admission to the gallery is always free.

Hours are Monday through Wednesday 9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m., Thursday 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The gallery is located at 109 Woods Hall in the heart of the UA campus on Woods Quad. Information about visitor parking is available here: http://bamaparking.ua.edu/visitor-information/. For more information, contact the gallery at (205) 348-2783 or go to https://art.ua.edu/gallery/sgg/.