Turner Williams MFA Thesis Exhibition

Exhibition: New Paintings & Performances: Turner Williams Master of Fine Arts Exhibition
Dates: April 18-May 1, 2016Turner Williams, MFA exhibition 2016
Dates for Performances: April 20-28, April 30, May 1
Where: Sella-Granata Art Gallery, 109 Woods Hall, UA Campus
Reception: Thursday, April 21, 5-8 p.m., with special performance at 7:30 pm, Sella-Granata Art Gallery

The University of Alabama Department of Art and Art History is pleased to present Turner Williams’ MFA thesis exhibition April 18-May 3 in the Sella-Granata Art Gallery in Woods Hall on UA campus. There will be a reception for the artist on Thursday, April 21, 5-7 p.m. The public is cordially invited to attend.

Williams’ thesis exhibition includes almost daily performances of his own and other performance artists in the gallery (see schedule below). They will run from April 20 through April 28 and again on April 30 and May 1. Internationally noted improvisational artists LaDonna Smith and Davey Williams will be among the musicians performing.

Turner Williams’ artist statement: This work explores the antipodes of painting and performance, analogue and digital,  flatness and immersion. New process paintings converse with wall sculptures, video feedback and sound. My MFA thesis exhibition is a residency within the Sella-Granata Art Gallery with daily improvisations and meditations on the unity of opposites and creative confusion. 

Birmingham native Turner Williams earned a BFA in drawing and printmaking from the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts of Washington University in St. Louis in 2008. He exhibited at Kerry Schuss & Mountainfold in New York City and Secret Project Robot in Brooklyn, N.Y. His work is on permanent public display at the Birmingham Southern Ecoscape project in Tarrant, Ala.

Performance Schedule

Wednesday, April 20, 4:00 pm – Max Eilbacher- Visiting Artist Talk + Sound Performance
Thursday, April 21, 7:00 pm – Max Eilbacher (quad electronics)
Friday, April 22, 6:00 pm – Max Eilbacher & Turner Williams Jr. (quad electronics & shahi baaja)
Saturday, April 23, 6:00 pm – Magicicada & Dux (electronics & cello)
Sunday, April 24, 6:00 pm – William T. Dooley (strings)
Monday, April 25, 6:00 pm – Holland Hopson (electronics & banjo)
Tuesday, April 26, 6:00 pm – Shea Stevenson (homemade instruments and devices)
Wednesday, April 27, 6:00 pm – Jasper Lee (hammer dulcimer)
Thursday, April 28, 7:00 pm – Rodger Stella (theremin & synthesizer)
Saturday, April 30, 7:30 pm – Andrew Dewar & Brad Davis (reeds & electronics)
Sunday, May 1, 7:30 pm – LaDonna Smith (viola), Davey Williams (guitar), Gerard Assayag (laptop) and Andrew Dewar (reeds)

The performances are thanks to generous support from The University of Alabama’s Department of Art and Art History paintingand digital media areas.

For more information on the exhibition and performances, contact Turner Williams:, or Rachel Dobson:

A thesis exhibition is one of the requirements for the successful completion of the Master of Arts program. For more information about the graduate programs of the UA Department of Art and Art History, visit these links:


The Campus Drive Parking Deck at the corner of Hackberry Lane and Campus Drive provides visitor parking at a nominal cost, and is only a five-minute walk to Garland and Woods halls. Buses also run on varying schedules from the deck. To walk to Woods Quad from the parking deck, exit the main doors of the parking deck and cross Hackberry Lane southwest to Margaret Drive. Follow Margaret Drive to Capstone Drive, which runs between Gorgas Library and Garland Hall. Follow Capstone Drive to Garland Hall and the Sarah Moody Gallery of Art, and to Woods Hall and the Sella-Granata Art Gallery. For more information on bus schedules, go to