art department history

Remembering Betty Mitchell Walter

Dr. Elizabeth C. “Betty” Mitchell Walter (MA 1969) died January 1, 2019. Walter was known as an artist, art educator, academic, administrator and author and served as professor and department chair for more than two decades at the University of North Alabama. But one of her most consequential roles was one that is least known:

Five Decades of Art by Al Sella Featured at The University of Alabama Gallery

The University of Alabama Gallery will present For the Record: The Art of Al Sella, August 2-September 27, 2019. The public is invited to a reception on Friday, September 6 (First Friday in downtown Tuscaloosa), from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Works from the Sella Estate, the Birmingham Museum of Art, the Sarah Moody Gallery of

Cultural Arts Center Features Bethany and Frank Engle Art Retrospective

(Tuscaloosa, Ala.) Retrospective, an exhibit featuring the work of UA art alumna Bethany Windham Engle and former ceramics professor Frank Engle, will be displayed at the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center June 2-30, 2017. The exhibit, consisting of two- and three-dimensional art in a wide range of media, will be displayed in both The University

Alumna Remembers Renowned Art Professors

Vicki Lowe (MA 1971) remembers it wasn’t easy convincing her parents to let her study art at The University of Alabama. “By junior year I was totally committed to art but my parents were certain I would not find gainful employment, so they lobbied heavily for me to teach English.” Lowe accrued enough art credits

Sarah Moody Gallery of Art Presents Highlights from Permanent Collection

Saturated: Selections from the Permanent Collection November 17 – December 16, 2016 The University of Alabama, Sarah Moody Gallery of Art, 103 Garland Hall Reception: Thursday, November 17, 5-7 p.m., Sarah Moody Gallery of Art With an embarrassment of riches, the Sarah Moody Gallery of Art at The University of Alabama presents Saturated: Selections from the

UA Art Chair Marched in First Selma-to-Montgomery Marches

Tuscaloosa. — In the early days of the Civil Rights Movement in Alabama, when many establishment whites supported only token or incremental changes toward equal rights for African Americans, there were a few who took real risks to support the cause. At The University of Alabama, Dr. Theodore Klitzke, art department chair from 1959 to 1968, was a progressive risk

Barbara Pennington: The Humanity of Art

As part our 70th anniversary commemoration of the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, we are recognizing some of our alumni who have received the degree. Stories and images from our BFA alumni are found here. Following is a compelling and timely story about one of them. Barbara Pennington (BFA 1955, MA 1957) dedicated her life

70 Years of the BFA

The year 1945 was pivotal for UA and the art department. After Congress passed the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944 (better known as the “GI Bill”) at the end of World War II, schools around the country, including The University of Alabama, prepared for a large influx of new students as soldiers returned. In 1945,

Past, Present and Future: the SMGA Permanent Collection

The Permanent Collection, housed and cared for by the Sarah Moody Gallery of Art, was created in the 1960s as a unique and integral component of the Department of Art. The majority of the collection is dedicated to works on paper including graphic prints and photography. Also included are paintings, drawings and small sculpture. Numerous