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Structure and Surface: BFA Seniors Present Thesis Work

While UA operates in a limited capacity in order to stem the spread of COVID-19, the Sella-Granata Art Gallery will be closed to the public. 

The University of Alabama’s department of art and art history is proud to present Structure and Surface: BFA Exit Show, April 10-17, 2020, in the Sella-Granata Art Gallery. In this exhibition, six BFA seniors will present their final thesis work in order to fulfill the requirements of the BFA degree. The work will also be presented in an online exhibition at art.ua.edu in the near future.

Phoebe Burns, Two Masks, 2020, photo composite, dimensions variable.

Phoebe Burns is a double major in computer science and studio art. Her BFA concentrations are in digital media and photography. The Huntsville native said, “I am a surreal photographer who is trying to capture the experience of mental illness. In this show  specifically, I am trying to capture bipolar disorder. I am showcasing my photography in both a physical and metaphysical virtual space through a VR headset to experiment with viewer interaction.” Burns’ photography can be found on her website, Instagram and Facebook pages.

Angel Greene’s areas of concentration are digital media (graphic design) and painting. Greene’s surfboard design was selected to represent The University of Alabama at the Maui Jim Tournament design competition in conjunction with the Maui Jim Invitational college basketball tournament in Hawaii in November.

Maggie Hocutt, “Enveloped,” 2020, pastels and cord on unstretched canvas, 10.5 x 10.5 inches. Image courtesy of the artist.

Moundville native Maggie Hocutt’s primary concentration is in painting and drawing is her secondary concentration; she has a double minor in art history and history. Hocutt works in fabric, ceramic and paint, as well as other media. Her artist statement reads in part: “Hinging on haptic materiality and abstraction of form, my work seeks to establish an intimate presence through concepts centered around creation, humanity, and ephemerality. I have developed a language of iconography with reference to the human body, specifically the female body and the womb, sacred geometry, and Creationist ideology.”

New Mexico native Ringo Lisko said, “I am particularly interested in the role of art within a community or network, and its ability to connect and foster relationships.” Lisko’s sculpture design was selected to be the first created in the McMahon-Pleiad Public Art Trail initiative, a collaborative public sculpture project between UA, UAB and UAH. Her concentrations are in sculpture and drawing and she also works as a foundry and fabrication assistant in the department of art and art history’s metal shop. Her work has appeared in numerous shows and community sculpture projects. More of Lisko’s work can be seen on her website and Instagram page.

Close-up detail of a half circle of cast bronze camellias.
Detail of RIngo Lisko’s scale-model cast bronze sculpture or maquette.

When Sam MacDonald found out that the owner of the house she and her roommates live in would not renew their lease, MacDonald decided to document her last year of college and the time spent in the house through “environmental self-portraiture.” The house, built in the 1940s or 1950s and “one of the last original houses standing on our street,” will probably be torn down, she thinks. Her photographs also explore the idea of replacing “the old but not broken, for new larger things” and are all shot on her cell phone. Her BFA concentrations are in photography and graphic design. MacDonald is currently the photo editor of Alice Magazine. She has received the Farley Moody Galbraith Annual Scholarship and was a finalist for the SPJ Sports Photography Mark of Excellence. MacDonald’s photography can be found on her website, on Instagram and on Facebook.

Photograph by Sam MacDonald.

Ashley Livingston’s BFA concentrations are in painting and printmaking. Livingston has received several awards including the Farley Moody Galbraith Annual Scholarship, the Windgate Charitable Foundation Endowed Studio Arts Scholarship and the Carolyn Haddon “Julie” Matthews Memorial Endowed Scholarship. She is the lead gallery worker in the Sella-Granata Art Gallery and is active in the student organizations Alabama Print & Book Group, Crimson Clay and CHAARG Alabama.

The Sella-Granata Art Gallery features student exhibitions, as well as visiting artists, and is a vital learning resource for the UA department of Art and Art History. Admission to the Sella-Granata Art Gallery is free. Spring 2020 gallery hours are Monday through Thursday 9 a.m.-8 p.m., and Friday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 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.

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