community collaboration

Sculpture Students Craft Unique Benches for Hospital

Professor Craig Wedderspoon and his sculpture students were featured recently in a Desktop News story about the unique benches they have built and installed at Hill Hospital in the west Alabama town of York. The benches, made from pressure-treated pine and steel, were designed by recent interior design graduate Rebecca Miller. The design Miller came

Art & Art History Faculty Teach Students at Community Day

Dr. Lucy Curzon and Charlotte Wegrzynowski participated in Tuscaloosa Magnet School – Elementary’s Community Day in May. Wegrzynowski taught two workshops on paper lantern-making for the “Flow Tuscaloosa” Parade, held on the Tuscaloosa Riverwalk the day after Community Day. Dr. Curzon visited all of the fifth-grade classrooms and taught foam printmaking to the students. They

UA-Designed #GetVaccinated Billboards Pop Up Around Alabama

Poster designs created by Assistant Professor Jonathan Cumberland are posted on roadside billboards and other public locations around four Black Belt counties in west Alabama. Cumberland designed a series of five posters as part of a project funded by a grant from the CDC Foundation to promote COVID-19 and influenza vaccine education and acceptance in

UA Art Historian Recruits Kentuck Festival Volunteers

UA’s Department of Art and Art History has been fortunate to have a strong support staff of intelligent and inspired instructors who pass on their love of the study of art, as well as their enthusiasm for art in general, in introductory courses for the department. Alumna and full-time instructor Micah-Shea McKibben is one of

UA Art & Art History Receives CDC Foundation Funding for Project to Promote Vaccine Education and Acceptance in the Black Belt

The University of Alabama (UA)’s Department of Art and Art History is being funded to create innovative and accurate poster designs that will harness the power of the arts to engage audiences and participants of all ages in overcoming COVID-19 and influenza vaccine hesitancy.  With support from the CDC Foundation, the messaging will promote vaccine

UA Sculptor Hopes Work Will Encourage Peace, Mindfulness

Graduate student in sculpture Molly Lay has been awarded a Small Grant by The Arts Council of Tuscaloosa for a Fellowship Project. Lay proposed to create a cast bronze public sculpture on the Riverwalk along the Black Warrior River in Tuscaloosa. The work will be of a pair of human feet placed together, with a

Art Forward Calls for Artist Submissions

Art Forward, a new UA student group, is seeking submissions of artworks for an exhibition to accompany the national participatory art project, Hostile Terrain 94, sponsored and organized by the Undocumented Migration Project (UMP). The local exhibition will coincide with National Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15-October 15, 2021, and will be installed in Maxwell Hall

Alumni, Faculty and Students Combine Forces in New Hotel Mural Project

Good things come when UA alumni, faculty and students work together to create something new in Tuscaloosa. UA alumna Andrea Gillespie of Nashville was hired by Cohen Investments to be the principal interior designer of a new hotel in Tuscaloosa, Homewood Suites by Hilton. Gillespie, who is owner and principal of AK Designs LLC and

UA Art Students Illustrate Books for Statewide Reading Initiative

Nine student illustrators are helping bring original reading books to life for students in grades 1-3 across the state. In partnership with businesses, civic groups, and higher education institutions, a statewide literacy program, Reading Allies, will train community volunteers to work through individually designed lessons with striving readers. Each lesson consists of multiple books, and