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Subscribe to the new monthly e-newsletter of the Department of Art and Art History to find out what our faculty, students, and alumni are doing. Check out new curricula, programs, recent exhibitions and other events.

In addition, each semester we feature highlights of the past semester’s activities of our students, faculty, staff, alumni and exhibitions. in a PDF newsletter, The Loupe.  You can explore those stories now:

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The Loupe Spring/Summer 2024

2023 Degree Recipients • Explore Pre-Art Therapy at UA • Outstanding Students Named • Four Art & Art History Students Win ASSURE Research Grants • What We Did On Our Summer Vacation! • MFA & MA Thesis Exhibitions • BFA Graphic Design & BFA Studio Art Thesis Exhibitions • Faculty Biennial & More Exhibitions • Art Historians Host First International Symposium at UA • Wade MacDonald Wins South Arts Career Grant • AUM Hosts Celestia Morgan Solo Exhibition • Bethany Moody Named Artist-in-Residence by Studio By The Tracks • UA’s Graphic Design Program Named GDUSA Top Design School

The Loupe Fall/Winter 2023

Jennifer Feltman Leads Team Awarded NEH Grant to Study Sculptures of Notre Dame • UA Art Camp Returns in 2024 • Susan Nomberg McCollough Fine Arts Initiative Biennial Exhibition Opening • Artist and Alumnus Jim Neel Gives McCollough Keynote Address • McCollough Fine Arts Initiative Student Awards • Alumni Selected for Burning Man Art Grant • Barbie’s Dreamhouse is Alumni Solo Show • Caroline Japal Sees Renaissance in Southern Black Art • Alumnus Interns at Barnes Foundation • Rachel Stephens Publishes New Book on Slave Images, Wins SECAC Award • Jonathan Cumberland Wins Gold and SECAC Award

The Loupe Spring/Summer 2023

Cover art: Kole Nichols, MFA • 2023 Degree Recipients • Sandra A. Vega Wins UA Grad School’s Outstanding Non-Traditional Thesis Award • Outstanding Students Named • Grad Student and Alumna Present Research at Harvard Art History Conference • Where UA Art History and Studio Art Graduates Are Headed • Summer Study Abroad in Spain • Exhibitions • Art Profs Add STEAM to K-5 Science Learning • Jennifer Feltman Receives President’s Faculty Research Award in Arts & Humanities • Paul R. Jones Curator Bibb Keynotes at Flint Institute of Art • Doris Sung Awarded Two Grants Including CAA Millard Meiss Award • Melissa Yes Awarded Verdant Fund Grant for Finches • Wade MacDonald Appointed to Alvan Board • UA Art Camp High Schoolers Photos

The Loupe Fall/Winter 2022

UA Art Camp Announced • Jonathan Cumberland’s Pro-Vax Posters Win Award, Exhibited at CDC Museum • Art History Grad Student Interns at Crystal Bridges • Studio Grad Student Awarded Levitetz Grant • Art History Grad Students and New Alumna Present Research at SECAC • Undergrad Promotes Art in Tuscaloosa • Exhibitions: Sarah Moody Gallery of Art, Sella-Granata Art Gallery, Paul R. Jones Museum, UA Gallery •  Alumni Directions: Jenny Fine Wins South Arts State Fellowship • NY Times Style Mag Seeks Out Alumna Arielle Gray • Ringo Lisko Sculpture Selected for First Feminist Biennial • Martha Hopkins Sculpture Installed at Fairhope Airport • Rebecca Teague’s Art Selected for International Papermaking Exhibition • Ali Hval to Teach at University of Iowa • Faculty Accolades: Wade MacDonald Curates Clay+/Invitational • Allison Grant, Holland Hopson Trace Thin Air • New Faculty: Celestia Morgan, Melissa Yes • Jennifer Feltman Awarded FACE Grant to Study Notre Dame’s Sculptures

The Loupe Spring/Summer 2022

on the cover: Sandra Aracely Vega, “Invasión Espiritual: Frontal,” 2021, cyanotype, 22 x 30 inches. Courtesy of the artist.

Cover art: Sandra Aracely Vega, MFA • 2022 Degree Recipients • UA Art Camp • Outstanding Students Named • Interns Help Preserve Joe Minter’s African Village • Where UA Art Grads Are Headed • Art History Major Selected to Present Research in Missouri • UA Art History Grad Students Bring Home Top Awards • Study Abroad in Italy • Exhibitions: Sarah Moody Gallery of Art, Sella-Granata Art Gallery, Paul R. Jones Museum, UA Gallery • Faculty Accolades: Jennifer Feltman Guides 8th Graders through a VR Cathedral • Sarah Marshall Solo Exhibition in Dothan • Wade MacDonald Attends Berlin Residency • Art Historians Showcase Women Global Makers • Pete Schulte’s Work Reviewed by Top Critic John Yau • Environmental Stewardship Focus of Faculty Art Project

The Loupe Fall/Winter 2021

New Ringo Lisko Sculpture in Woods Quad • BFA Graphic Design Degree Announced • Jennifer Feltman to Help Restore a Legend • Students Curate Migration Exhibition • MFA Student Awarded Arts Council Grant for Public Sculpture • Cloisters Curator Gives Talk, Holds Career Workshop at UA • Art History Grad Student Presents Research at UK Conference • Student Designs Logo for State Archives Project • MFA Student Work Juried in International and National Exhibitions • Exhibitions: Sarah Moody Gallery of Art, Sella-Granata Art Gallery, Paul R. Jones Museum, UA Gallery • Alumni Directions: Alayna Pernell Awarded Prize from Museum of Contemporary Photography • Olivia Turner Appointed Curatorial Assistant at Meadows Museum • Ali Hval Featured in New York Jewelry Week Blog • Emee Hendrickson Uses ‘Museum Works’ Software to Teach K-12 Art • Viola Moten to Head Sewing Skills Non-Profit • Birmingham Co-op Gallery Hosts Anne Herbert Solo Show • UA Gallery Hosts Susan McCollough Exhibition • Faculty Accolades: Rachel Stephens Presents History of UA Slavery at Slave Dwelling Conference • Bryce Speed Awarded Residency • Tanja Jones Publishes Book on Early Modern Women Artists • Jamey Grimes Hired as Assistant Prof of Sculpture, Museums • Back Page: Alumna Arielle Gray Wins Creator Labs Photo Fund Award

The Loupe Spring/Summer 2021

Mural Project for Downtown Tuscaloosa Hotel • 2020-2021 Graduates • Outstanding Grad Student Awards • Grad Student Published in Juried National Annual • BFA Graphic Design Major Releases Vaporwave Album on iTunes • Where Our Grads Are Headed This Fall • Teaching Art History with Virtual Reality • Art History Prof Joins Advisory Committee for Restoration of Notre-Dame • Instructor Interviewed on Printmaking Podcast • Exhibitions: Sarah Moody Gallery of Art, Sella-Granata Art Gallery, Paul R. Jones Museum, UA Gallery • Online Exhibitions

The Loupe Fall/Winter 2020

Black Belt Artist Project exhibition and catalog • UA’s first UA Kress award • A faculty Newberry Fellowship • Art history grad students take on museum studies and Native American art • Faculty/student collaborative on African American portraits • An undergrad art history student rediscovers a Renaissance work • A new group focuses on art as activism • Photo professor awarded grant to research perceptions of climate change • How the Paul R. Jones Museum staff has flourished through the pandemic • New studio space for grad students

The Loupe Spring/Summer 2020

Cover art: Jude Anogwih • Welcome and Message from the Chairperson Jason Guynes • First College Postdocs Announced: Celestia Morgan • Student Graphic Designers Strike Gold at the ADDYs • Faith Barringer: Art History Award • Jasmine James: London Internship • Ally Thomasson: Adaptive Fashion Internship • Anna Pollard: Printmaking Award • Anna Wallace Pitts: Study Abroad in Scotland • Angel Greene: Design for Maui Jim Tournament • Nasrin Iravani Juried into Clay Studio National • Rachel Stephens Wins Top Fellowship • Allison Grant Juried into Two National Competitions • Jennifer Feltman Wins Virtual Reality Grant • Bryce Speed – An Artnet Favorite • Tanja Jones in Madrid • Sarah Moody Gallery Exhibitions: William Paul Thomas • Renée Stout • Nasrin Iravani • Permanent Collection • UA Gallery: Jude Anogwih • Harrison Galleries: Katie Adams • Paul R. Jones Museum: Collection of Rebecca and Jack Drake • Sella-Granata Art Gallery: Ringo Lisko • Student Spotlight: Graphic Design BFA Major Anna Sella • Alumni Check-In: Francesca Baldarelli and John Klosterman

The Loupe Fall 2019

Magazine cover image with a hand sifting salt into another hand.

Cover art: Celestia Morgan • Adventures in Spain 2019 • Travel to Italy in 2020 • ADDYs All Around • Woods Hall Renovations • Freedom to Create • Student Spotlight – Ashley Livingston • New Faculty Welcomed – Mina Kim • New Faculty Welcomed – Wade MacDonald • New Faculty Welcomed – Cassandra Palmer • Fall Exhibition Showcases Graduate Student Talent • Studio Faculty Highlight Recent Research • Celestia Morgan: Catalyst for Social Change • Statewide Sculpture Trail’s First Work Blossoms • Community Murals • Remembering Betty Mitchell Walter

The Loupe Spring 2019: Alumni Issue

Thornton Willis and Vered Lieb Present $985,000 Gift of Art • UA Artists Help Create Alabama Bicentennial Celebration • Alumni Notes • Art History Symposium Pulls in Presenters from Across Nation • Documenting Artists in the Black Belt of Alabama • Sarah Moody Gallery of Art Exhibitions • MFA and MA Thesis Exhibitions in the Sella-Granata Art Gallery • Faculty News • Jamey Grimes Wins South Arts Prize • Lucy Curzon Receives Morris L. Mayer Award • More Faculty Accolades • Building Foundations • Art and Art History Scholarship Awards Presented at Honors Day • Alumna Casts Sculptures for Bicentennial Project in Mobile

The Loupe Fall 2018: Welcome Back Issue

Students Conspire in Monster Coup • Morgan Heard & SECAC • Students Gain Insight into the Experience of Medieval Artists • Laura Lineberry Retires • Welcome New Faculty; Faculty Accolades • Exhibitions: Sella-Granata Art Gallery, Graduate Student Show, BFA Exhibitions • Alumni Celebrate Their Professor • Art Sales Contribute to Fellowship Fund • Teaching Legacy Passed to Next Generation • From Alabama to Australia – Exhibitions at the SMGA; Visiting Artist and Scholar Lectures Spring 2019 • A Gentlewoman of Verona: Rebecca Teague • Alumni Spotlight: Laci Jordan

Graduate student in art history Reed O’Mara studies a reproduction of the Uta Codex in the rooms of the Price Collection in Garland Hall.
Graduate student in art history Reed O’Mara studies a medieval reproduction in the Dr. and Mrs. William T. Price Asian Art Book Collection in Garland Hall

The Loupe Spring 2018: Alumni Issue

Alumni Profile: Mark Barry • UA Alumni & Faculty at MMFA • Faculty News: Chris Jordan, Lucy Curzon, Jane Cassidy • Reed O’Mara Researches the Uta Codex • SMGA Spotlight: We Are Selma: The Selma Portrait Project by Kathryn Mayo • William Hall Gallery Talk • Contemporary Consolidated: Selections from the SMGA Permanent Collection • Student Research: Paget Kern, Amber Daum, Ringo Lisko • SGAG Spotlight: Amy Smoot, Jude Anogwih, John Klosterman • Exhibitions: Eclectic Way, Open Media, Tobias Layman • Student & Faculty Research: Slavery at UA – Nadia DelMedico and Rachel Stephens.

The Loupe Spring 2017: Alumni Issue

Alumni Profile: April Terra Livingston • Student Research – URCA Conference • A Rare Tour of Lyon Hall • UA and UAB Collaborate • Laura Lineberry • Gay Burke in Memoriam • Lucy Curzon Wins Book Award • Pete Schulte Wins Alabama South Arts Prize • Alumni Profile: Julie Hall Friedman • Sarah Moody Gallery of Art: Jim Neel, Celestia Morgan, Kelsey Windham, Mel Kendrick • Alumni Profile: Victoria Lowe • Sella-Granata Art Gallery: Joani Inglett, Tobias Layman, Sydney Ewerth, Francesca Baldarelli • EXIT 2017

The Loupe Fall 2016: What We Did On Our Summer Vacations!

Finding Synergy in Study Abroad • Curating Summer Jobs • UA Sculptures Break 3-Year Record for Children’s of Alabama • Finding a New Comfort Zone • Students Create City Bike Racks • Faculty Notes • Sarah Moody Gallery of Art • Sella-Granata Art Gallery • Art and Art History Around West Alabama • Haylee Walker Achieves Job Goal • Alumni News: For the Love of Teaching Art • In Memoriam

Janice Hathaway, "Winged Nectar," photographic collage.
Alumna Janice Hathaway, “Winged Nectar,” transmorgraphy, archival print, 14 x 19 inches. @2020 Janice Hathaway.

The Loupe Spring 2016: Alumni Issue

Paperworkers Local: Alumni Creating Art Community; New Concentration: Drawing; Student Spotlights: Presentations & Residencies; Traveling through Time in the Black Belt; More Student Notes; Campus Notes: Cassandra Speaks to the University; SMGA Exhibition Season; SGG Exhibition Season; Alumni Notes: Reaping the Benefits of Art Education; Faculty-Staff News; Our Art Alumni: Wayne Sides Undertakes Scanning Project of Life’s Work; Alumni in the Field; Loupe Back Page: Surrealism in the Real World: Janice Hathaway.

The Loupe Fall 2015: Welcome Back Issue

Gay Burke Retires; New Faces; Community News: UA Art Sculptures Bring $52,000 to Charity Auction; Student Spotlight: Erin Hein and the RISD Museum Blog; Sella-Granata Art Gallery Exhibitions; Sarah Moody Gallery of Art Exhibitions; Faculty-Staff News; Faculty Feature: Bryce Speed; More Student News; Our Art Alumni: Reaping the Benefits of Art Education; Wayne Sides: Collecting Works; More Alumni News; Back Page: Photos of Charity Auction Sculptures.

The Loupe Spring 2015: Alumni Issue

70 Years of the B.F.A. – History of the BFA Degree; Our Front Page Image; Art Ambassadors; Around the Quad; More Students News; Spring Semester in the Sella-Granata Art Gallery and in Galleries around West Alabama; New Curation Area for the Permanent Collection; Sarah Moody Exhibition Highlights; Faculty-Staff News; The Humanity of Art; Alumni News; In Memoriam: Glenn House, Sr.

The Loupe Fall 2014: Welcome Back Issue

Faculty-Staff News; Our New Website; Student News; Student Organizations; Art Historians’ Vacation Report; Galleries: New Juried Show Heads SGG Fall Schedule; Sella-Granata Exhibition Schedule; New Guidelines for SGG Submissions; New Printmaking Opens the SMGA Season; Sarah Moody Gallery Exhibition Schedule; UA Art Creates for Children’s Hospital; Rebirth at Bryce: Greek Goddess Gets a Makeover; Alumni News; Alumni Spotlight – Anita Stewart; O’Connor to Sculpt on Campus; Honors Day 2014: Students Awarded Scholarships.

Our spring 2014 newsletter, The Loupe, features MFA alumnus Frank Fleming.The Loupe Spring 2014: The Alumni Issue

Alumni Spotlight: Frank Fleming; Pace-setting design: Students awarded local Addys; Chair’s Awards of Merit; A World of Historic Preservation: Mary Turney; New submission guidelines posted for Sella-Granata; More Student News; Faculty-Staff News; Getting the “Royal” treatment; Alumni Donors: The Morgan Collection, Jack Drake; Alumni Memories: “Woods Quad Porch Party;” 50 Years Ago – Alumni History; Loupe Sighting!; IRC News; Alumni on Campus: UA Architectural History; More Alumni News.

The Loupe Fall 2013: Welcome back to school!

Student News: The Alabama Shakes; Blue Tape Drawings; Art Ambassadors Want You! Galleries: Resurface: Meredith Randall MA Exhibition at the SGG; William T. Dooley at the Ferg; William Willis: A Span of Painting at the SMGA. Alumni Spotlight: Lindsay Jones Lindsey and the Fibonacci Project; Faculty News; Alumni News; Back Page Photos (Monster Makeover preview!).

The Loupe Summer 2013: Special Edition.

A Special Dedication in Memory of Farley Moody Galbraith and Al Sella; Honors Day 2013; Bon Voyage; Alumni Spotlight: Mentors & Models – Thornton Willis; Beverly Semmes: Starcraft; Fall Exhibitions 2013; Faculty-Staff News; Alumni News; Back Page.

L-R, seated: Janice Hathaway (BFA 1970, MFA 1975), Walker Evans; standing: Gay Burke, unknown student, William Christenberry (BFA 1958, MA 1959). Photo by Wayne Sides, used with permission.
Wayne Sides, “Walker Evans speaking to students in Professor Gay Burke’s photography class in 1975.” Photo courtesy of the artist.

The Loupe Spring 2013: The Alumni Issue.

Student Spotlights; Faculty-Staff News; Forty Years of Proofsheets – Former Students Thank Gay Burke; Gay Burke in Context by Wayne Sides; Exhibition Calendar; Women’s Work at Woods Hall: Art Photography; Alumni News; In Memoriam: Maria Zavala Sella.


Fall 2012 PDF: The Art History Issue!

Largest Class of Art History Graduate Students in 25 Years; Students Travel the World to Research; Feminist Art Scholar to Keynote Symposium; Virginia Rembert Liles: Trailblazer for Women Leads UA Art into the Future; Faculty-Staff News; Student Spotlights; UA Students & the Community; Alumni News; In Memoriam; Exhibition Calendar.

Spring/Summer 2012 PDF: Alumni Issue:

Student Spotlights; Robert Mellown Retires After a Career “Off the Beaten Path;” Current Exhibition Brings Back Alumni Memories of the Civil Rights Era; The Tuscaloosa Community; Exhibition Calendar; Special Focus: Art & Alumni; “I Was Having Far Too Good a Time to Remember Any of It;” Senior Exhibitions in 2011 & 2012; Students Curate Digital Photo Show; Faculty-Staff News; Scholarship Awardees 2012-2013.

Fall 2011 PDF: Welcome to the New Arrivals; New Jones Gallery Opens; Student Exhibitions, Events, Websites; Welcome New Grad Students; More Student Spotlights; Faculty-Staff News; UA Art Contributes to Kentuck Coloring Book; Calendar 2011-2012; Alumni News; Are You in This 1976 Photo? Photo Gallery.

Summer 2011 PDF: Outside Art Issue:

Looking at Outside Art Everyday; Outside Art for Tornado Relief; Jeremy and the Coach: Outside Art at the Stadium; Honors Day Awards Art Students for the Coming Year; Woods Quad Sculpture Garden Takes Shape; In Memoriam – Morgan Sigler; Exhibit is ‘Rite of Passage’ for Bob Jones High School; Plus Exhibitions Schedules for the Sarah Moody Gallery of Art, the Sella-Granata Art Gallery, and the new Paul R. Jones Gallery in downtown Tuscaloosa; Faculty-Staff News; Student News; Alumni News.

We’ve Got an App for That; New Digital Lab is Open; Windgate Fellowships Award Student Work; Arty Party Spotlights Art and Art History Students; More Student Spotlights; Angelo Granata – A Career Retrospective; Alumni News; Spring Calendar; Recent Acquisitions – An Alumnus Gives Back; Encyclopedia of Alabama; “What did you do?” “Everything!”; Faculty-Staff News.

Fall 2010 PDF: Incoming!

McNair Scholar Visualizes our Insides; Graduate Student Notes; Undergraduate Focus: Study in Bronze and Steel; Faculty-Staff News; McKinley Award winner Mark Stevenson; Sarah Moody Gallery of Art; Sella-Granata Art Gallery; Paul R. Jones Collection of American Art; Alumni News; In Memoriam – Roxie Worthy, BFA 1973.

Summer 2010
Art Students Honored for Excellence; Paul R. Jones Collection News; Garland Hall in 1945: “Temporary Headquarters for the Enlarged Department;” Highlights from Our Exhibition Season (photos); Eyeing Howard Goodson; Sarah Moody Gallery of Art; Frank Fleming, Storyteller; Alumni Notes; Faculty News; Student News; Our New Webpages.

Spring 2010
Guardian of the Realm – the new collections manager for the Paul R. Jones Collection; Art Students Revive 70s Tradition; Graduate Thesis Exhibition Schedule; Sarah Moody Gallery Spring Exhibitions; Student News; Alumni News; Faculty News; Calendar of Events.

Fall 2009
Al Sella reaps his rewards; Welcome back everybody;
Drawing on the Inside-An interview with Jamey Grimes; ARTstor now at UA; Alumni Notes; Timeline of the Department; Look Homeward, Mr. Christenberry-Alumnus William Christenberry celebrates his 50th anniversary at the UA; Sarah Moody Gallery of Art Fall Schedule; Calendar of Events.

Summer 2009
Craig Wedderspoon wins A&S teaching award; In Memoriam; Faculty News & Notes; Honors Day; BFA Exhibition; Alumni Notes; Sarah Moody Gallery of Art.

Spring 2009
The Paul R. Jones Collection; Faculty News & Notes; Moody Exhibition Schedule Spring 2009; Alumni News & Websites; Obituaries; Coming this semester.

Fall 2008
New Faculty, Staff, & Students; Faculty News & Notes; Alumni Notes; Sarah Moody Gallery of Art; New 16th Street Sculpture Facilities; Image Resource Center Projects & Resources.

Spring 2008
Cathy Pagani Named Chair; Public Art Past & Future; Campus Sculptures; Faculty News & Notes; Alumni Notes; Sarah Moody Gallery of Art; Community Connections; Visiting Artists; Image Resource Center Projects; Obituaries; The Rise and Fall of Public Art.

Fall 2007
Welcome to New Faculty; Image Resource Center Collections; Faculty News & Notes; Workers Memorial Sculpture; Alumni News; Reminiscing with Al Sella.

Spring 2007
Accessing Digital Image Collection; Digital Classrooms at UA; Faculty News & Notes; Art History in Italy; Alabama-Cuba Initiative for Art.

Fall 2006
New Image Resource Center; IRC Collections; Digital Classrooms; Welcome New Staff; Art History Grad Students; Faculty Travels & News; A Short History of the Slide Room.

Fall 2005
Former Whitney Director Tom Armstrong; Studio Grad Students’ websites; Art History Grad Students & alums present papers; Faculty News & Notes.

Spring 2005
Brave New Pixelated World; Art History Grad Students; Faculty Travels & News; Ferguson Gallery Spring Schedule; About Google.

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