Nathan Childers MA Thesis Exhibition

The UA Department of Art and Art History presents the master of arts thesis exhibition, Nathan Childers: Knowing Your Place, February 23-March 3, 2023, in the Sella-Granata Art Gallery, Woods Hall, at UA. A reception will be held Thursday, March 2, 4-6 pm. See installation views on

Painting graduate student Nathan Childers writes in his artist statement: “Queerness has often occupied the threshold between presence and erasure. The issue of visibility has been important to queer people historically and continues to play a crucial role in queer self-definition. Through painting, I investigate the impact of location on queer culture and queer identity. My body of work engages with visual traditions within queer culture through figurative painting and an examination of queer existence. This exploration is my way of awakening viewers to scenes of underrepresented people, the persistence of outdated gender roles, and the means through which LGBTQIA+ individuals identify as whole persons through and beyond the spheres of gender and sexuality.”

Nathan Childers’ paintings have been included in numerous exhibitions around the country. He won Best in Show award in the exhibition Queer Aesthetics held at Mississippi University for Women Galleries, and received an Honorable Mention at the Georgia Watercolor Society 42nd National Exhibition in Carrollton, Georgia His work was juried into Ink Only III National Juried Print Biennial, Art Fields (2020 and 2021), Mark Arts Oil Painting National Exhibition and Kansas Watercolor Society National Exhibition. Childers has also participated in one- and three-person shows at Lowe Mill Arts in Huntsville, Alabama, and the Carrollton (Ga.) Center for the Arts. He received a BFA cum laude in painting from the University of West Georgia.

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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 and admission is free. The gallery is open to the public. Visitors are welcome, although not required, to wear face coverings inside the gallery. 

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