Tuscaloosa. -- The University of Alabama Department of Art and Art History is pleased to present Refocused, the master of arts exhibition of Patrick Hoban, April 16-20, 2018, in the Arts Construction Building on 16th Street, one block east of Queen City Avenue, in Tuscaloosa. The public is invited to a reception for the exhibition Thursday, April 19, 5-7 pm in the ACB. Growing up with anxiety and ADHD has not been easy for graduate student Patrick Hoban. In the studio graduate program at UA, he has turned his struggles into the foundation of his art practice, using the natural qualities of clay to bring meaning to his work. “Having mental disorders like anxiety and ADHD have been a constant battle for me to complete tasks in a timely manner,” he writes. “I decided to work repetitively, in a structured and focused practice that in turn eases the anxiety within myself.” The repetitive practice becomes a meditative process that Hoban says he uses “to reveal my mental struggles. By stacking, balancing and forming processed installation sculptures made of Alabama clay, I bring an energy reflective of natural phenomena through the evolving creative and drying process of each piece. By using a versatile material that can crack and break, I leave opportunity for unexpected results and consistently keep the work evolving.” Patrick Hoban is a graduate student in ceramics with an assistantship teaching ceramics and 3D design. Hoban received the BFA in sculpture from Pennsylvania State University. He was juried into the 19th Annual National K-12 Ceramic Exhibition in Kansas City, Mo. He was the recipient of a full scholarship to ceramic summer class at Penn Valley School with the renowned artist, Chris Staley, and a recipient of the Emerging Artist Award at Malvern Preparatory School. A thesis exhibition is one of the requirements for the successful completion of the Master of Arts program in the UA Department of Art and Art History. For more information about our graduate programs, visit this page: http://art.ua.edu/academics/graduate-programs/. The Arts Construction Building is at 1708 16th Street, one block east of Queen City Avenue, south of 15th Street.