Landscape Paintings at UA Gallery Recall America’s Heritage

Stephen W. Evans, “Hat Moon and Coat,” 2021, oil on wood panel, 15 x 11 inches. Image courtesy of the artist.

The University of Alabama Gallery is pleased to present Garden Ethics: Stephen W. Evans, from January 19 (new date) to March 29, 2024. The public is invited to a reception for the artist on Friday, February 2, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. during downtown Tuscaloosa’s First Friday Art Walk.

Stephen W. Evans’ landscape paintings have been called “a representation of American space that feels emotionally pure.” Organizer and gallery director Daniel White said he is excited to introduce West Alabama to Stephen W. Evans’ artwork. “Evans’ palettes and approaches to painting harken back to previous painting eras—they are at once familiar and yet mysterious at the same time. They are a glimpse into the inner landscape of this artist. His work asks questions rather than gives answers; it presents visual stories in a non-sequential manner, putting the viewer right in the middle of that landscape. The paintings are often reduced to their essential simplicity, though the labor is still readily evident. Saying complicated things in a simple manner is a deceptively difficult endeavor.”

Philadelphia native Stephen W. Evans has held solo exhibitions at Ground Floor Contemporary, Birmingham; Lowe Mill ARTS, Huntsville, AL; HPL Gallery, Hoover, AL, and University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA; a two-person show at Gallery Vox, Tarrant, AL; and group exhibitions at Tyger Tyger Gallery, Asheville, NC; Art at Kings Oaks, Newtown, PA; Field Projects, New York, NY; Steve Turner Gallery, Los Angeles. Evans’ work has been published in New American Paintings 148 (Southern Competition) and in The ArtBlog, Philadelphia, among others. Evans holds an MFA and MA from the University of Iowa and a BFA from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. He works as a preparator for the Birmingham Museum of Art and lives in Birmingham, Alabama, with his wife and daughter. His website is here.

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 art history and studio art, visit our Degree Programs page.