Dean's MessageThe Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts (AEIVA) of the College of Arts and Sciences is a celebration of UAB’s strong appreciation for the Arts. Made possible through the generosity of the Abroms and Engel families, along with numerous other benefactors and friends, the facility was designed by renowned architect Randall Stout. Adjacent to the Alys-Stephens Center for the Performing Arts, AEIVA houses a series of spectacular state-of-the-art galleries for exhibitions, academic classrooms for instruction, and offices for students and faculty of the Department of Art and Art History.
The College of Arts and Sciences recognizes that creation of art is a fundamental form of human expression and foundational for a comprehensive education in the liberal arts and sciences. Artistic expression provides a pathway for exploration in our constant search for truth and serves as a vehicle for
communication and cultural exchange. Artistic experience pulls from the full spectrum of human emotions and encourages personal growth through self-reflection, reassessment of values, and the acceptance of diverse points of view. AEIVA provides the College of Arts and Sciences, UAB, and the city of
Birmingham a new platform for the creation of original works of art, the exhibition of existing works art, and the resulting intellectual exchange that is needed to achieve a comprehensive education.
Robert E. Palazzo
Dean, College of Arts and Sciences