Assistant Professor of Art, Painting
Before coming to The University of Alabama in 2014, Mississippi native Bryce Speed taught at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, Omaha Metro Community College, 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 the Cole Pratt Gallery in New Orleans, LA.
Often within my paintings, images of outside and inside merge, creating an ambiguity of architectural and atmospheric space. Line and color represent the forces of nature, like water, fire, and wind that invade and sometimes destroy these living spaces. In this drawing based work, architectural forms reference both the stability and instability of identity. Images of destruction paired with fragments of architecture and domesticity serves as a metaphor for the evolving self.
News and Exhibitions
Fertile, Prospect 4 Satellite Site, TEN Gallery, New Orleans, November 2017
PaperWest National Works on Paper Juried Exhibition, Gittins Gallery, Salt Lake City, Nov. 2017 (juror: Willie Cole)
Home, Rockland Center for the Arts, West Nyack, N.Y.
Space Song, North Wall Art Center, Oxford, U.K., April 19 – May 5, 2017
Residency, Hambidge Art Center, Raburn Gap, Ga., July 2017
Bryce Speed, Lowe Mill Arts and Entertainment, Huntsville, Ala., July 2-31, 2017
Float the Earth, Birmingham Public Library, Jan. 8-Feb. 27, 2015 – Interview with Bethany Mitchell.
Paper or Plastic? The Grocery, Northport, AL, exhibition with Matt Mitros
Through the Trees, Marilyn Foley Art Gallery, University of Mobile, Jan. 12-Feb. 27. 2015
Bryce Speed, solo exhibition, WonderRoot Gallery, Atlanta, Jun. 25-Aug. 4, 2015
A.I.R. Studio Residency, Paducah, Kentucky, July 2015
Places and Offhand Geometry, solo exhibition, TEN Gallery, New Orleans, Oct. 3-Nov. 1, 2015
Jack King & Bryce Speed – Sculpture & Mixed Media Paintings, Valdosta State University Fine Arts Gallery, Valdosta, GA
Suburbia: Is Anyone There? HERE Art Center, New York, NY
Between the Clouds, solo exhibition, Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center, Tuscaloosa, AL
M.F.A., The University of Alabama (2005)
B.F.A., University of Mississippi (1999)