Bryce Speed

Bryce Speed

Associate Professor of Art, Painting


  • MFA, The University of Alabama, 2005
  • BFA, University of Mississippi, 1999


Bryce Speed, “Cake Walk,” 2022, acrylic on wood, 10 x 8 inches. Image courtesy of the artist.

Before coming to The University of Alabama in 2014, Mississippi native Bryce Speed taught at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and Central Community College in Columbus, Nebraska. Speed’s work has been included in numerous exhibitions over the past decade. In 2017, he had a solo exhibition at the North Wall Arts Center in Oxford, UK. In 2015-16 he exhibited at the Royal Scottish Academy Open Exhibition in Edinburgh, Scotland and at the Visual Art Exchange’s Contemporary South Exhibition in Raleigh, NC during 2016. In 2014, he held a solo exhibition at Valdosta State University in Valdosta, GA and was part of a three-person exhibition at HERE Art Center in New York, NY, titled Suburbia: Is Anyone There? In 2006 and 2011 his work was selected for publication in New American Paintings, Southeastern and Midwestern editions. Since 2017, he has been represented by Cole Pratt Gallery in New Orleans, LA.

Bryce Speed, “Stars Fell,” 2019. Courtesy of Venvi Art Gallery.

Professor Speed’s 2020 solo exhibition, Bryce Speed: The Floating World, at Venvi Gallery in Tallahassee, Fla., was postponed because of health concerns around the coronavirus – then moved online to a virtual exhibition. At the end of March, his exhibition was named one of’s 13 favorite virtual gallery shows in the US (and the only one not in NY or LA).

Professor Speed describes his approach to painting: “The natural world provides many visual analogies for the great depth and mysteries of the human mind. These paintings illustrate a boundless inner life, amplified by our senses, and its extension in to the world. Fluid topographies, discontinuous scale and color suggest the expansive and conflicting systems of nature as a metaphor for the evolving self. Language further helps us understand our interactions and place in the world, but is limited in scope to define our most unexplainable experiences and interactions. Painting can connect form and idea in a way that is unique to the medium and I try to embrace this possibility in my work.”



  • Think It and Breath It, The Arts Council Gallery, Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center, Tuscaloosa (solo)
  • 7th Art of the South Exhibition, Zeitgeist, Nashville, Tennessee (Katie Delmez, juror)
  • A Plot Hatched by Two, Warbling Collective at Yorktown Workshops, London, UK (juried)
  • Bryce Speed / Celeste Laborde, Gallery VOX, Tarrant City, Alabama
  • Everyday, Evermore, Venvi Art Gallery in Tallahassee, Florida (solo)



Bryce Speed, “Sounding,” 2022, acrylic on wood, 10 x 8 inches. Image courtesy of the artist.