Artists Explore Experiences of Time

AMALGAM: Anne Herbert MFA Exhibition | Darius Hill MA Exhibition
Where:         Sella-Granata Art Gallery, 109 Woods Hall, UA campus
When:           February 22 – March 15, 2013
Reception:  Thursday, March 7, 5-7 p.m., in the gallery (Art Night!)

Anne Herbert, "The Place Where Things Fall Apart," 2013, acrylic on muslin, 51" X 65"
Anne Herbert, “The Place Where Things Fall Apart,” 2013, acrylic on muslin, 51″ X 65″

Tuscaloosa, AL — The Department of Art and Art History is proud to present graduate students Anne Herbert and Darius Hill in a joint exhibition of their art work in the Sella-Granata Art Gallery. There will be a reception for the exhibition Thursday, March 7, from 5 – 7 p.m. in the gallery. The public is cordially invited to attend.  Visit our website for more information and updates.

AN AMALGAM – While the works of Herbert and Hill reveal very different conceptual approaches and media, both artists engage with ideas of time. Darius Hill reinvestigates images and ideas from the past to understand his present. Anne Herbert’s paintings depict fleeting moments in her attempt to bring awareness to the present moment. Herbert details her exploration: “I often set up scenarios where there is something to look beyond or one place spilling out of another. When the painted spaces begin to break down and invade each other not only is an emphasis put on the nuance of a moment, but also fragility is revealed which gives the paintings a precariousness, and the spaces maintain a kind of discomfort.”

Darius Hill, "Funkadelic Relic," 2012, H 8'
Darius Hill, “Funkadelic Relic,” 2012, H 8′

While Herbert explores moments of recognition, and an unfolding experience, Hill turns and re-turns popular culture images into iconic symbols. He describes his process: “The deeper I dig into my experience, the more I rediscover the very things I thought I was leaving behind…While creating the armature for “Funkadelic Relic”, an 8-foot high Afro-Comb sculpture, it was obvious to me that it resembled a rough version of some gothic structure from the past. I’m not frustrated by this, as it reminds me of how things are connected and how artists should always put themselves in the position to facilitate connections.”

ABOUT THE ARTISTS – A third-year MFA candidate preparing to graduate in May, Herbert has held a teaching assistantship for three years in the UA Department of Art and Art History. She received the BFA in painting from the University of Montevallo. Originally from Auburn, Alabama, Herbert lives in Tuscaloosa with her husband and their daughter.
Darius Hill is chair of the Visual Arts Department of the Alabama School of Fine Arts in Birmingham. He holds a BFA in printmaking from the Atlanta College of Art. His work has been exhibited in galleries throughout the southeast including New Vision Gallery, Atlanta, GA; the University of Montevallo, Montevallo, AL; and the Crossroads Initiative, New Orleans, LA. He has been juried into exhibitions including the Red Clay Survey, Huntsville; and the Energen Exhibition, Birmingham. Hill’s work is in many museum, corporate, and private collections throughout the U.S. He has earned several honors and awards including Operation New Birmingham Best in Show Award at the Magic City Art Connection and an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Alabama State Council on the Arts. Hill was one of 13 Alabama printmakers selected to work with the University of Montevallo’s Big Print project. Work generated from that project traveled to major museums throughout the state of Alabama.
The exhibition AMALGAM is in partial fulfillment of the Master of Arts degree for Darius Hill, and in partial fulfillment of the Master of Fine Arts degree for Anne Herbert. For more information on the graduate programs of the UA Department of Art and Art History, visit this link:


THE SELLA-GRANATA ART GALLERY — In 2009, The honorary degrees and recognition committee of The University of Alabama Board of Trustees voted to rename Room 109 in Woods Hall in honor of two long-time UA art professors. The Sella-Granata Art Gallery, whose primary purpose is to exhibit student work, honors Professor Emeritus Alvin Sella and the late Angelo Granata, a professor who died in 2008. The Sella-Granata Art Gallery is open during the school year. Hours are Mon.- Fri., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. except school holidays. For further information, visit us on the web: