Instructor’s Artwork Selected for International Papermaking Exhibition

Rebecca Teague, “Untitled,” fall 2021, cotton base sheet with eucalyptus and cotton blowout, 17 ½ x 11 ½ inches. Edition of 5. Image courtesy of the artist.

Instructor and alumna Rebecca Teague had work juried into the North American Hand Papermakers (NAHP) 8th Collegiate Paper Art Triennial 2022-2024 this fall. The exhibition reflects the diversity of artistic and technical explorations among students enrolled in North American undergraduate or graduate degree programs. Entries were accepted in the artists’ own handmade paper, of sculpture, printmaking, painting, artists books, and installation.

Teague produced her works during a hand papermaking course in 2022 in The University of Alabama’s Book Arts program, taught by Kyle Holland. She used pulp painting processes, blowout and other techniques to make the works. She said she was inspired by her relationship with her grandmother, who she called her “greatest inspiration,” and always encouraged Teague to explore her creative side.

Rebecca Teague creates the layers for a pulp painting. Photo courtesy Beth Sheehan.

From more than 130 submissions, jurors selected works by 37 student-artists for the every-three-year exhibition. Entrants included students from highly competitive programs such as the University of Iowa Center for the Book and Rhode Island School of Art and Design. Teague, who earned a certificate in book arts while working toward a Master’s of Library and Information Studies, was juried in along with two other students in UA’s book arts program, Irasema Quezada and Kate Bennett.

The exhibition will travel to venues in Allentown, Pennsylvania; Evanston, Illinois; Cleveland, Ohio; and Athens, Georgia, over the next three years.

Rebecca Teague, “Untitled,” fall 2021, cotton base sheet with linen on top, 17 ½ x 11 ½ inches. Edition of 5. Image courtesy of the artist.

Rebecca Teague is an instructor in art history. She has taught art history at UA since 2019 and is a co-creator in the Global Makers digital art history project supported by the Kress Foundation. Teague co-presented “Global Makers: Women Artists in the Early Modern Courts” with professors Dr. Tanja L. Jones and Dr. Doris Sung, at CAA 2022, in a session sponsored by the Digital Art History Association.

Teague received the Master of Library and Information Studies in 2022 summa cum laude with a concentration in archives and a certificate in Book Arts. She received the MA in art history in 2018 summa cum laude with a major concentration in Italian Renaissance art and a minor in contemporary art, both from UA. Teague’s thesis, researched in part on site, was titled “Carving Politics: Niccolò’s Façades at Piacenza, Ferrara, and Verona Cathedrals.” She presented her research paper, “Nanni di Banco’s St Luke as a Statement Against Albizzi Control,” at the 22nd Annual Graduate Student Symposium in Art History. She won second place for the Harrison Award for Excellence in Research – Graduate Paper Presentation for her paper, and was named Outstanding Graduate Student in Art History in 2018.

As a graduate student Teague also worked as an assistant to the department’s visual resources curator. She completed the cataloging, processing and shelving of the Dr. and Mrs. William T. Price Asian Art Book Collection, located in Garland Hall. She interned as a museum collections volunteer at the Alabama State Department of Archives and History in Montgomery. At UA, she was awarded a mid-year Academic Merit Scholarship from the Joseph and Carolyn Bolt Endowed Support Fund in Art History in spring 2017.

Teague received her BS in psychology from Auburn University at Montgomery where she graduated summa cum laude. She is a member of the College Art Association (CAA), Society for the Study of Early Modern Women, Southeastern College Art Conference (SECAC), and Renaissance Society of America (RSA).

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