Cielo Azul, Piel Morena: Sandra Vega MFA Exhibition

Sandra Vega, Invasión Espiritual: Frontal, 2021, cyanotype, 22 x 30 inches. Courtesy of the artist.

The University of Alabama Department of Art and Art History presents the Master of Fine Arts thesis exhibition of Sandra Vega, Cielo Azul, Piel Morena, March 24–31, 2022, in the Sella-Granata Art Gallery, Woods Hall, on UA campus. A reception for the artist will be held Thursday, March 24 in the gallery from 4:00-6:00 pm (updated time).

Sandra Vega, a graduate assistant in printmaking with a secondary concentration in ceramics, has produced works in screenprinting, cyanotype and ceramics for this show. In her artist statement, Vega writes, “My work explores the politics of identity, biculturalism, which I define as a state of double consciousness, and an interpretation of otherness. In my work I document a self-defining journey, navigating the hybridity of existing within this duality.”

Sandra Vega, Disipación, 2021, ceramic on screen printed canvas. Courtesy of the artist.

Vega teaches Introduction to Printmaking and Drawing I classes at UA. She presented her MA thesis exhibition, Caminos de Identidad, in March 2021. Vega earned the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Texas of the Permian Basin in Odessa and has worked as a summer camp art instructor, teaching design for screenprinting and Adobe Creative Cloud to high school students. She assisted in the NEA-funded program Pots-n-Prints mobile studio that traveled to rural areas in southwest and west Texas, teaching students screenprinting, etching and ceramics (featured in the Washington Post).

Follow Vega on Instagram @avalancheofdinosaurs or explore her website.

The SGAG is a vital learning resource for the department and an essential part of the education and development of UA students and our community. The gallery is run by a committee of faculty, staff and students, and supported by student workers. Visitors are not required but are encouraged to wear face coverings inside the gallery. Funding support for the gallery comes from the Department of Art and Art History and the College of Arts and Sciences. For more information, go to the gallery’s webpage.

Gallery hours are  Monday 9:00 am – 7:00 pm; Tuesday 11:00 pm – 7:00 pm; Wednesday 9:00 am – 7:00 pm; Thursday 11:00-7:00 pm; and Friday 9:00 am – 1:00 pm, during the spring semester when school is in session.

Information about visitor parking is available on the UA parking services website. For more information, contact the gallery at (205) 348-1893.  

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