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BFA Majors Exhibit Final Thesis Work in the SGAG

Studio art majors Rae Daum and Alyssa Hochstetler showcase their senior thesis work for the bachelor of fine arts degree in an exhibition in the Sella-Granata Art Gallery, December 7-10, 2020.

Ceramic sculpture by Rae Daum
Rae Daum, installation detail, slip cast ceramic, underglaze, and decals, variable dimensions.

Rae Daum, from Ozark, Alabama, is a double major in studio art and anthropology. Her primary BFA concentration is in ceramics and secondary is in sculpture. Daum’s work is well known to anyone who has visited Monnish Park on 15th Street in Tuscaloosa since 2017 and seen the giant steel “Amaryllis” sculpture there. Her three-dimensional work is part of the Monster Takeover public sculpture project, the Literary Capital Sculpture Trail in Monroeville, Ala., and her illustrations were included in publications for Reading Allies statewide reading initiative. Daum’s sculpture and ceramics have been part of several exhibitions, beginning with QUICKTURNAROUND at The University of Alabama Gallery in the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center in 2017, and most recently the 2020 Annual Scholarship Exhibition in the Sella-Granata Art Gallery. She was awarded the Farley Moody Galbraith Scholarship for 2018-19 and the Carol B. Merkle Endowed Scholarship for 2019-20 and 2020-21 and was on the Dean’s List for five semesters during her sophomore, junior and senior years.

abstract painting by Alyssa Hochstetler
Alyssa Hochstetler, “Extension (1),” 2020, acrylic on canvas panel, 20 x 30 inches.

Hailing from Middlebury, Indiana, Alyssa Hochstetler is a double major in studio art and the Accelerated Master of Business Administration. Her primary BFA concentration is in digital media and secondary is in painting. Hochstetler also works as Chief Design/Marketing Officer for Comas Start-Up in Tuscaloosa. She has served as a data analyst in the College of Human & Environmental Sciences and as a marketing intern at Interra Credit Union in Goshen, Indiana. Her artwork was included in the Advanced Scholarship Exhibition in the Sella-Granata Art Gallery in 2019. She was awarded an Honors College Presidential Scholarship and the Farley Moody Galbraith Scholarship for 2019-20.

The Sella-Granata Art Gallery is an essential part of the education and development of UA students and our community. The gallery is located at 109 Woods Hall, 7th Avenue, on UA campus in Tuscaloosa. Hours are Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission to the gallery is free. The gallery is open to the public with reduced capacity, limited to ten (10) visitors at a time. Visitors must wear face coverings inside the gallery and maintain a minimum distance of six feet from others. 

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Sculpture by Amber Daum and Ringo Lisko installed at Monnish Park.
Undergraduates Rae Daum’s and Ringo Lisko’s 12-foot tall aluminum and steel “Amaryllis” in Monnish Park in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

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 more information, contact the gallery at (205) 348-1893. Have questions or need assistance? Call (205) 348-1893. 

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