black belt artist project

Black Belt Artists Celebrated in Book, Exhibition by UA Students

Over the past century, the South’s long history of folk art has been explored by a wide variety of writers, researchers and artists. Now, in a new book, a mostly younger generation has rediscovered the Black Belt’s rich traditions in the visual arts, spending quality time with each of the artists, listening, photographing, and learning

Iconic Artist Charlie Lucas Presents Solo Exhibition at the Paul R. Jones Museum

The Paul R. Jones Museum is proud to present Charlie Lucas: Talking to the Ancestors, October 2 – February 26, 2021. The iconic, self-taught artist, Charlie Lucas, is the youngest of a pantheon of outsider artists who rose to public attention in the latter part of the twentieth century. Lucas bridges a couple of generations

UA Students Meet, Photograph Black Belt Artists

Tuscaloosa. — The month of May was one exciting experience after another for UA photography students. They signed on to Associate Professor Chris Jordan’s Black Belt Artist Project (BBAP) during Interim at UA, and spent the week in and around Wilcox County, interviewing and photographing artists. The first week of Interim, the students practiced their

Black Belt Artist Project Daily Photos

Here are photos taken by Chris Jordan’s photo students who have been photographing the artists and interviewing them during their Interim course in the Black Belt of Alabama, the Black Belt Artist Project. We’ll be adding to them each day of their trip. Follow them on Instagram @ua_blackbeltproject or #blackbeltartistsproject. DAY ONE Students practice portrait

UA Students Tune Photo Skills, Learn History, to Prepare for Black Belt Artist Trip

“Before we started, I knew next to nothing about the Black Belt region,” admitted Kasandra Boor, a psych major and studio art minor. Boor, with five other students and associate professor of photography Chris Jordan, has been preparing this week for a research trip to Camden, Ala., where the group will photograph and interview artists

UA Students Document Artists in the Black Belt of Alabama

If you’ve heard of the Gee’s Bend Quilters or Charlie “Tin Man” Lucas, then you know there are some uniquely creative artists in the Black Belt of Alabama. Associate Professor Chris Jordan’s photography students got to spend quality time this semester with some of them — artist and civil rights veteran Betty Anderson of Camden,