Rachel Dobson

Communications Specialist and Visual Resources Curator
(205) 348-1893
Office Location:
Garland 205B
(205) 348-0287

Rachel Dobson serves as communications specialist and visual resources curator for the Department of Art and Art History. She promotes the activities of our current students and faculty, and preserves the history of the department through print and online publications, social media and real and digital archives. She is editor of our department newsletter, The Loupe, and maintains the department’s website (you are here!). She also produces a weekly Art Roundup of free visual arts events around the west Alabama area.

For help with your research, contact her or check out our research tips online here. If you are having an exhibition, or other art happening, contact her with your event information (title, date, time, location, interesting details) and she will help you get the word out. If you are one of our alumni, click here to send your art news and images of your work.

Social Media for the UA Department of Art and Art History

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Dobson recently celebrated 20 years as a UA employee, with 17 of those years in the Department of Art and Art History. In 2015, Dr. Robert Olin, Dean of the UA College of Arts and Sciences, presented Dobson the This Is How College is Meant To Be Award, “for extraordinary service in fulfilling the promise.” She also serves as assistant editor of Muscogiana: Journal of the Muscogee Genealogical Society

Selected Publications

“A Cloud of Witnesses: Family and Community in Early Twentieth Century Wiregrass Pentecostal Evangelism.” Alabama Review 70. Available through Project MUSE.

“‘We Beg the Assistance of the Press and the Ladies Throughout the South to Aid Us’: Chattahoochee Valley Newspapers and the Lost Cause.” Muscogiana: Journal of the Muscogee Genealogical Society (Columbus State University) 26 (Spring 2015).


M.L.I.S., The University of Alabama (2012)
M.A., The University of Alabama (2007), art history; link to thesis title and abstract
B.A., Smith College (1982), studio art, concentration in painting