art department history

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 1950s as a unique and integral component of the then 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.

Woods Quad Sculpture Garden dedicated

A dedication ceremony for the Woods Quad Sculpture Garden was held Friday, August 15 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the north steps of Clark Hall, overlooking the historic quadrangle. Associate Professor Craig Wedderspoon gave a brief presentation on Woods Quad’s most recent changes and the sculptures featured within it. For more information, read The College of

Trailblazer for Women: Virginia Rembert Liles

Originally published in the fall 2012 issue of The Loupe, as “Trailblazer for Women Leads UA Art into the Future,” by Rachel Dobson. When her former colleagues talk about Virginia Pitts Rembert Liles, the word “gracious” appears frequently in their descriptions of her. “She was gracious and diplomatic,” says Robert Mellown, UA professor emeritus of

Gay Burke and Art Photography in Alabama

A good part of the spring 2013 issue of The Loupe was given over to the alumni of Professor Gay Burke’s photography classes. Many of Burke’s old students sent us reminiscences and thank-yous to a teacher who, for forty years, has given her students so much. One of the contributions was this essay by current UNA professor of art

Raudelunas Exposition 2013

RAUDELUNAS ART COLLECTIVE REUNITES ON UA CAMPUS January 7 – February 2, 2013 February 2 – Closing reception, 5–7 p.m. at the UA Ferguson Center Art Gallery followed immediately by a concert at the  Ferguson Center Theatre from 7:30– 9 p.m. Gallery Hours: Monday – Saturday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. “Raudelunas was the single

Exhibition Brings Back Alumni Memories of the Civil Rights Era

Reprinted from the spring/summer 2012 issue of  The Loupe Two paintings by the renowned artist Lee Krasner (1908 – 1984) were part of the recent exhibition, Commingling Contemporary: Selections from the Permanent Collection, in the Sarah Moody Gallery of Art. The show also included an oil on paper painting by former UA art professor and nationally

The Alabama Biennial

A BRIEF HISTORY AND RESOURCE PAGE An article in the January 19, 2012, CW on one of the Alabama Biennial sculptures encouraged me to post some information on and photos of the respected juried exhibition that “quickly gained a reputation as an important outdoor sculpture exhibition in the South.” The very first year of the Biennial, 1991, when the

Angelo Granata – A Career Retrospective

William T. Dooley, Associate Professor of Art, succeeded Angelo Granata as director of the Sarah Moody Gallery of Art after Granata retired. Dooley wrote this description of the retrospective exhibition of Granata’s work put on in 2011 as well as a remembrance of Professor Granata and his legacy for the spring 2011 issue of The