2011-2012 SMGA Exhibitions


Commingling Contemporary: Selections from the Permanent Collection

April 12 -June 22, 2012
April 12 Opening reception, 6 pm, 103 Garland Hall
SLIDESHOW of the installation

Selections from the Permanent Collection will be featured in this annual exhibit. The Sarah Moody Gallery of Art Permanent Collection was initiated in the late 1960s with an emphasis on modern and contemporary art, particularly in photography and works on paper. In recent years collecting has expanded to include painting and sculpture. Internationally known artists represented in the collection include Sally Mann, Elizabeth Murray, Chuck Close, Lee Krasner, Carrie Mae Weems, Wassily Kandinsky, Luis Jimenez, Samuel Mockbee, Robert Kushner, Jim Dine, Judy Pfaff, William Christenberry (UA MA 1966), and Walker Evans. Read this article about Lee Krasner’s solo exhibition at the SMGA in 1967.

Anthology: Sculpture and Drawings by Ann Norton

March 1 – 30, 2012

SLIDESHOW of both installations

TWO VENUES: Sarah Moody Gallery of Art and Sella-Granata Art Gallery
This exhibit will be displayed in our two galleries: the Sarah Moody Gallery in Garland Hall, and in the Sella-Granata Art Gallery in neighboring Woods Hall across the historic quadrangle. It will feature works selected by Cynthia Palmieri, Managing Director of the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens. Born in 1905 in Selma, Alabama, Ann Weaver Norton graduated from Smith College and then moved to New York to study at the National Academy of Design, Arts Student League and Cooper Union. She studied with artists John Hovannes, Leon Kroll, Jose de Creft, and was studio assistant to Alexander Archipenko. Norton participated in exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art. In 1977, after a long and successful career in art, Norton established the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens, Inc., a foundation to preserve the buildings and grounds of her historically significant Florida residence.

Faculty Biennial Exhibition

January 12 – February 17, 2012
Slideshow of the exhibition
The exhibit features art work created by current studio faculty and emeritus faculty members of the department of art and art history at UA. Works include photography, sculpture, printmaking, painting, drawing, digital art and ceramics.

Fred Stonehouse: The Deacon’s Seat

October 20 – December 1, 2011
October 19 Lecture, 7 pm, 205 Gorgas Library
Slideshow of the exhibition
A major figure in Wisconsin art and native son, Fred Stonehouse is nationally recognized for his beautifully executed artwork and witty sense of rebellion. His style has a sophistication that reflects his diverse, cross-cultural interests, and outsider and folk art influences. Stonehouse has enjoyed over fifteen museum exhibitions across the country including a retrospective at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art and has been featured in Blab and Juxtapose magazines. His work is in the collections of the Milwaukee Art Museum; Madison Museum of Contemporary Art; University of Arizona Art Museum, Tucson, AZ; Sheryl Crow; Madonna; and many others.

Deep Impressions: Willie Cole Works on Paper

August 25 – October 6, 2011
September 21 Artist Lecture by Willie Cole, 7 pm, 205 Smith Hall
This survey of artist Willie Cole spans 1984 to 2010. Known primarily as a sculptor, Cole’s awards include the David C. Driskell Prize; Augustus Saint-Gaudens Memorial Fellowship; Joan Mitchell Foundation Award; and Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant. Cole’s work is part of many public and private collections and museums, including the Birmingham (AL) Museum of Art; the Museum of Modern Art; the Whitney Museum of American Art; the High Museum of Art Atlanta; and the National Gallery of Art.

The Sarah Moody Gallery of Art is supported by the College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of Art and Art History. It is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 am – 4:30 pm, and Thursday evening 5:00 – 8:00 pm. We are located at 103 Garland Hall in the heart of the UA campus on Woods Quad. There is no admission charge.


A parking deck at the corner of Hackberry and Campus Drive (Campus Drive runs in front of Bryce Hospital) provides visitor parking at a nominal cost, and is only a five minute walk to Garland Hall. To reach Garland, exit the main doors of the deck and cross Hackberry south to Margaret Drive, which runs along the side of Smith Hall (the Natural History Museum) until you reach Capstone Drive, the main street which runs between Gorgas Library and Garland, Clark, and Manly Halls. Follow Capstone to Garland Hall and the Sarah Moody Gallery of Art. For more information call the gallery: (205) 348-1891 or go to