2017 Year in Review

2017 Year in Review

2017 was another successful year in the UAB Department of Art and Art History. Thank you to our faculty, students, staff, and community for their hard work, dedication, and partnership.

Below you will find a list of the year’s highlights, with links to news stories.

Assistant Professor Doug Baulos and UAB art student Kole Nichols paint a mural at the UAB Sustainability community garden.
Assistant Professor Doug Baulos and UAB art student Kole Nichols paint a mural at the UAB Sustainability community garden.

In 2017 the DAAH hosted visiting artists and scholars L.A. Watson, Dr. Mary-Ann Milford-Lutzker, and Jessica Angel and inaugurated the annual undergraduate symposium in art history. We offered pop-up studios on silk-screening and dye processes for IndiaFest, and we hosted half a dozen exhibitions in our Project Space. Our faculty shared their research through publication and exhibition, and our students created strong work that engages with our community in Birmingham, across the state, and around the world.

In October, three DAAH students and faculty member Stacey Holloway traveled to Venice, Italy for the Venice Biennale where they collaborated on an art project with students from Iowa State University’s Rome program. The trip emerged from UAB’s involvement in a2Ru, the Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities. The students reported on their trip via a takeover of the UAB DAAH Instagram feed.

We are also very proud of our collaborations with faculty from the Departments of Biology, Social Work, History, Criminal Justice, and Anthropology, the School of Engineering, and the UAB Office of Sustainability, which provide our students with important cross-disciplinary perspectives and professional experience. DAAH students exhibited at Darwin Day, collaborated on an art installation for the Peace and Justice Studies Conference and designed, fabricated, and installed unique bicycle racks on campus. In an interdisciplinary Neighborhood Studies course, they studied and created projects about the history of Birmingham neighborhoods. And in extra-curricular collaborative research projects, students have created documentaries on methamphetamine use and poverty.

We continue to partner on public engagement and service efforts with local organizations including the Birmingham Museum of Art, Growing Kings, Kummba Community Arts, Birmingham City Schools, Design Week Birmingham, and the Alys Stephens Center. In 2017, we also developed exciting partnerships with Space One Eleven, Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve, Paperworkers Local, Ground Floor Contemporary, and Sloss Furnaces.

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