Abroms - Engel Institute for the Visual Arts
Envisioning the Future at UAB
The Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts symbolizes the coming of age of a young and accomplished university. Founded as a medical center 40 years ago, UAB has grown into a comprehensive university where the arts are vital components of the university's vision and mission. Thus the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts is a fitting testament to the university's commitment to promoting the most current research and discourse within all of its disciplines, including the arts.
The Abroms-Engel Institute will position itself along with the Birmingham Museum of Art as the region's primary venues for experiencing innovative programming in the visual arts. Here the educational mission of the Department of Art and Art History, the College of Arts and Sciences, and UAB is given a voice through courses faculty teach and research they conduct, the exhibitions the Institute will organize, the visiting artists, critics and scholars brought to campus, and the discourse on a wide range of topics the Institute will sponsor and promote.
The Institute will also enhance our ability to educate and train students to become the next generation of artists, artisans, designers, curators, directors, theorists, and educators in the arts. This includes educating non-art students about the importance of the visual arts in their lives and inspiring them to become future arts patrons.
A UAB Arts Plaza
Locating the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts directly across the street from the Alys Robinson Stephens Center for the Performing Arts will create a synergy never before realized at UAB. Here the Department of Theatre, housed in the Alys Stephens Center, the Department of Music located in the adjacent Hulsey Center, and the other arts disciplines situated in the Humanities Building will join together to define a UAB Arts Plaza. This clustering of the arts disciplines will create a greater sense of community for our students and faculty, and opportunities for collaboration and interaction with other arts agencies.