2009-2010 SMGA Exhibitions


Dozier Bell, "Fire," 2008.

Dozier Bell: Navigator

July 31 – September 4, 2009

Maine artist Dozier Bell’s work is as near to us as it is far. Tiny charcoal drawings on Mylar and large paintings on canvas intrigue observers with representative images of city, sky and sea, framing conflict and daring. Impressions of her work include “original…having an unsettling, stunning presence” and “the quiet of something taking your breath away.” Bell has received numerous fellowships and awards and is one of twelve recipients of the 2009 Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation Individual Support Grants. She is represented by DFN Gallery, New York and Aucocisco Gallery, Portland, Maine.

Louvered roof of Rose Lee's house, Footwash, Alabama.

Rose Lee’s House

24 September – 29 October 2009

Near Uniontown, Alabama, is a community known as Footwash. Auburn University’s Rural Studio found a great client in one of its residents, Rose Lee. Her house was in very poor condition and she was in need of improved shelter for herself and two sons. The Studio’s second-year architecture students designed and built her new home over a year’s time. This exhibition is dedicated to exposing the process that the Studio follows in its design-and-building practices, including the economy of local and recycled building materials. The exhibition will feature site-specific design and building within the Sarah Moody Gallery of Art, located in Garland Hall. Click here for photos of the students building the installation.

The late Samuel Mockbee founded the Rural Studio in Hale County, Alabama. Current director Andrew Freear has led the studio to exemplary achievements since 2002 and the studio has acquired a worldwide reputation for its design and architecture program. Rural Studio students on roof of Rose Lee's house.Its projects have been featured in numerous international exhibitions including: American Pavilion of the Venice Biennale 2008; The Whitney Biennial 2002, Whitney Museum of American Art; and 2005 San Paolo Biennale. Elena Barthel, visiting assistant professor of architecture, led the second-year students through the design and building of Rose Lee’s House, and is this exhibit’s curator. Barthel will present a lecture on Tuesday, September 29 at 5:00 pm in 205 Gorgas Library.

William Christenberry: Land / Memory

5 November – 22 December 2009
William Christenberry5 November, 5:00 pm – Lecture by the artist in Gorgas Library 205
Exhibition essay
View images of the artist’s lecture and visit here.

Tuscaloosa native and UA art department graduate, William Christenberry will be the visiting lecturer opening his homecoming exhibition November 5.  Following his lecture at 5:00 pm in 205 Gorgas Library, visitors are invited to the opening reception for the exhibition Land/Memory at the Sarah Moody Gallery of Art. Though his photography made him an international figure in visual art, this exhibition highlights his expertise in the mediums of sculpture and drawing as well as his ongoing relationship to the land and culture of his youth and early adulthood.

William Christenberry in his DC studio in July 2009.

Christenberry currently serves as professor emeritus at the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, D.C.  His numerous awards include the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, Weil Fellow (Auburn University), The Alabama Prize, Lyndhurst Foundation Prize (Chattanooga) and an Individual Artist Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.  The exhibition’s sculptural works are courtesy of the John and Maxine Belger Family Foundation. Admission is free to both the lecture and the reception.
Read a recent interview in the Loupe. Read a UA News press release here. Hear a talk by William Christenberry online.

(TW)IN SITE(S) – 2010 Biennial All-Faculty Exhibition

14 January – 15 February 2010

This biennial exhibition features art work created by the current studio faculty, emeritus Uta Krapf, ViaI II, acrylic and permanent watercolor on muslin, 24 x 30"faculty and adjunct faculty members of the Department of Art and Art History at The University of Alabama. Over 50 works of art in all media created by 23 artists are on view in two sites: the Sarah Moody Gallery of Art and the Sella-Granata Art Gallery. Among the pieces on exhibit are several genres, a reflection of a diverse artistic philosophy of our department’s faculty.  There will be no Thursday evening hours for this exhibition.

Jasper Johns: Prints from the Walker Art Center Collection

25 February – 9 April 2010

Thursday, February 25 Opening reception 6:00-8:00 pm in the Sarah Moody Gallery of Art.

The Sarah Moody Gallery of Art will present a selection of editioned prints by the world-renowned artist, Jasper Johns. There will be more than twenty works on loan from the Walker Art Center dating from 1960 through 1998.

An Eyeful: Selections from the Permanent Collection

22 April – 4 June 2010

The gallery’s collection was begun in the late 1960s with an emphasis placed on modern and contemporary works on paper and photography. In recent years painting and sculpture have expanded the reach of the collection. Internationally known artists represented in the collection include Robert Rauschenberg, Sally Mann, Elizabeth Murray, Chuck Close, Lee Krasner, Carrie Mae Weems, Wassily Kandinsky, Luis Jimenez, William T. Wiley, Samuel Mockbee, Robert Kushner, Jim Dine, Judy Pfaff and Walker Evans.

Solomon’s House: Sarah Cusimano Miles MFA Thesis Exhibition

17 June-8 July
Saturday, 19 June Reception 6:00-8:00 pm in the Sarah Moody Gallery of Art.

These photographic works feature specimens from the Anniston Museum of Natural History. Stored in darkness, here they are bathed in light to reveal a disturbing elegance. Using the still life genre, Sarah Cusimano Miles explores ideas of cultural decadence and beauty in stasis for her thesis exhibition for the Master of Fine Arts degree. The reception on Saturday, June 19, from 6:00-8:00 pm, is free and open to the public. Funding support for the Sarah Moody Gallery of Art comes from the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Alabama.

Funding support for the Sarah Moody Gallery of Art comes from the Department of Art and Art History and the College of Arts and Sciences. Receptions and lectures are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 9:00-4:30 weekdays and 5:00-8:00 Thursday evenings.  For more information, contact the gallery at 348-1891.