2012-2013 SMGA Exhibitions

2012-2013 Exhibition Schedule for the Sarah Moody Gallery of Art

2013 Windgate Fellows Exhibitionartwork from the SMGA exhibition

April 11 – May 24, 2013
Reception: April 11, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

This third biennial exhibition features the work of ten Department of Art and Art History undergraduate studio program students who have been awarded Windgate Fellowship support to create new work for this exhibition. Awardees are Elizabeth Alexander, Emee Barrow, Morgan Deems, Kayla Huguley, Heather Orlando, Greg Randall, Lori Taylor, Kristen Tcherneshoff, Shannon Thacker, and Joi West.

Department faculty members use a jury process to select students to conduct research and produce a new body of art work specifically for this show. The fellowship funding supports both research and production costs.

A broad range of studio media is represented in the exhibit including painting, printmaking, sculpture, photography and glass. Some artists have worked collaboratively and several have combined media processes in their work. 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 at The University of Alabama. For further information, contact the gallery at 348-1891. Past Windgate Exhibitions: 2013 | 2011 | 2009.

artwork from the SMGA exhibition

Thornton Willis: Structural Abstraction

October 4 – November 16, 2012 | Slideshow  

The Sarah Moody Gallery of Art is pleased to announce the opening of an exhibition of paintings by New York artist and UA alumnus Thornton Willis. Willis will be in Tuscaloosa for an artist’s reception on Thursday, October 11 from 6-8 p.m. At 7 p.m., during the reception in the Sarah Moody Gallery of Art, he will answer questions about his work.

The exhibit features abstract oil paintings that represent several bodies of work spanning a decade: lattice paintings, triangle paintings and his latest work. What his art works have in common is the “allover surface plane held in tension, between figure and ground, as an interwoven field,” writes Lance Esplund, arts contributor to the Wall Street Journal.

artwork from the SMGA exhibitionWillis’s awards include a painting fellowship from the Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, painting and printmaking fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Fellowship, the Pollack-Krasner Foundation Painting Fellowship. He was awarded membership in the Southern Mississippi College of Arts and Letters Wall of Fame, his undergraduate alma mater. Thornton Willis has art work in more than forty collections, including the Museum of Modern Art; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; the Whitney Museum of American Art; the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo; the Phillips Collection in Washington, DC; the Herb and Dorothy Vogel Collection in the National Gallery, Washington, DC; the High Museum of Art, Atlanta; the Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock; the New Orleans Museum of Art; the Denver Museum of Fine Art; and the Portland (OR) Art Museum.

artwork from the SMGA exhibition

Catch and Release: Brian Novatny, Selected Paintings and Drawings

August 23 – September 21, 2012 | Slideshow

New York artist Brian Novatny brings figurative drawings and paintings to the Sarah Moody Gallery of Art. This exhibition features more than a decade Novatny’s work. Novatny’s figures are both preoccupied and disconnected from narrative, constructed from a litany of elements, whether a patterned fabric, a figure falling, or a June Allyson look-alike. There is a feeling of unease in the work as if his subjects are trapped in the background of the works. Novatny has had solo exhibitions in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Seattle, Saint Louis, Berlin and Frankfurt and is represented by ADA Gallery in Richmond, Virginia. His work is in the collections of Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Fine Arts, Knoxville Museum of Art, Progressive Insurance and Microsoft Corporation. The artist will be lecturing on his work on Wednesday, September 5, at 7:00 p.m. in 205 Gorgas Library on the UA campus. For further information, contact the gallery at 348-1891.

Amy Feger: Local Journeys

July 6 – August 3,  2012
Opening reception:  July 6, 103 Garland Hall 5-7 pm

artwork from the SMGA exhibitionThe Sarah Moody Gallery of Art will feature works by Master of Fine Arts candidate Amy Feger in the exhibition Local Journeys July 6 – August 3 2012.  An opening reception will be held Friday, July 6, from 5:00 – 7:00 PM.  The public is invited to attend.
Originally from Louisville, KY, where she received her BFA from the University of Louisville, Ms. Feger moved to Montevallo, AL with her partner in 2002. Dividing her time between homes in Montevallo and Tuscaloosa, Feger explores the conceptual and narrative potential of the map as a means of describing place.  She states that each painting is the archaeological remnant of a re-constructed memory of her ritual road trips from home to home for the past three years.  The paintings vary from oil paint to acrylic, from solid surfaces to roadmap “webs.”  This series of works began as a response to the April 27, 2011 tornado.

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.

Visitor Parking on Campus

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