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Conversations in the Field // Webinar

Thursday, April 23
Online at a2ru.org
Sponsored by The Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru)

On Thursday, April 23, 2015 DAAH Chair Lauren Lake will participate in "Conversations in the Field," the first of an ongoing webinar series sponsored by The Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru). The webinar, titled "The Expanding Role of the Arts in Research Universities, Part One: Curricular and Co-Curricular Trends," will examine the current landscape of arts and arts-interdisciplinary efforts in research universities across the country.

Professor Lake will join Carmon Colangelo, Dean of the Sam Fox School of Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis, to discuss the range of issues facing curriculum development on Research I university campuses, as well as what the future may hold.

To frame the discussion, Bruce Mackh, Ph.D., Mellon Research Project Director from University of Michigan’s ArtsEngine, will highlight national trends in curricular and co-curricular models, obstacles, strategies, costs, and impacts resulting from a three-year study funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

A second conversation, featuring Eric Beatty, Director of the Homewood Arts Program at Johns Hopkins University and Deb Mexicotte, Program Director of Arts at Michigan, will focus on co-curricular efforts and emerging directions on their campuses.

Moderating the discussion will be Mark Law, Ph.D., Director of the Honors Program and Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Florida.

For more info on Conversations in the Field webinars, to register, or to find out more about a2ru, visit: http://a2ru.org/circuits-conversations-in-the-field-a2ru-blog/

Tour de Loo // Installation

Friday, April 17, 5-8pm
Forest Park neighborhood, Birmingham, AL

Students from Visiting Assistant Professor of Sculpture Stacey Holloway’s Intermediate Sculpture class will present art installations during the Tour de Loo in Birmingham’s Forest Park neighborhood, Friday, April 17. 

Each month during Third Friday, the restrooms of Forest Park merchants located along Clairmont Avenue South are turned into art installations by local artists. In coordination with Third Friday, Forest Park businesses stay open late and restaurants provide special menus. Participating student artists and Tour de Loo locations are listed below.


Naked Art Gallery
3831 Clairmont Ave S
Afterglow by Katelyn Ledford & Christianna Traynor

Paperworkers Local: 
3815 Clairmont Ave S
Drips and Dreams by Jacob Phillips & Melody Hollenbeck

Silvertron Café
3813 Clairmont Ave S
Reading Material by Karl Chester & Jordyn Avery
Take Out on the Town by Matt Perkins & Jonathan Polzin 

Little Savannah
3811 Clairmont Ave S
Fun House by Ryan Tucker 
Like Candy by Bryce Martinez


Zoe Forest Park
3900 Clairmont Ave S
Ode to Cat by Allie Polhemus & Tori Absher
 

For more info contact Visiting Assistant Professor Stacey Holloway: shollow@uab.edu or visit the Third Friday in Forest Park & Tour de Loo Facebook event page.

New Media & Animation Projections

Thursday, April 16, Sunset-9:30pm
UAB Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts

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New Media and Animation works by students from the University of Alabama at Birmingham College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Art and Art History will be projected Thursday, April 16 onto the windows of the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts, 1221 10th Ave. South. 

Participating students from Assistant Professor of New Media Elisabeth Pellathy’s Time Based Media and Animation classes include: Tierra Andrews, Xuxa Baptiste, Mickey Barrett, Wesley Coffman, Traci Edwards, Jacob Phillips, Samantha Richardson, Daniel Senko, Felipe Soares Leite, Lucas Vilela Taveira Brilhante, Brandon Berry, Ricardo Munoz, Tyler Harris, and Corey Bright.

The installation is free and open to the public and can be viewed outside from 10th Ave. South at sunset until 9:30pm, rain or shine. 

For more info contact Professor Elisabeth Pellathy: pellathy@uab.edu

2015 Spring Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition

Monday, April 20 – Friday, May 1
Opening Reception: Friday, April 24, 6-8pm
UAB Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts 

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Works by five graduating students from the University of Alabama at Birmingham College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Art and Art History will be on exhibition from April 20-May 1 in the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts.

The UAB Bachelor of Fine Arts exhibition represents the culmination of a diverse and intensive program of undergraduate study and will feature works by UAB DAAH students Lindsey Christina of Birmingham, Allison Ciamarra of New Orleans, Britney Truitt of Corner, Jeanette Vasquez of Mobile and Jessica Walley of Fultondale.

The exhibition is free and open to the public. A free opening reception is planned for 6-8 p.m. Friday, April 24, at AEIVA, 1221 10th Ave. South. Call 205-975-6436 or visit AEIVA online at www.uab.edu/cas/aeiva.

Throughout the curriculum in the Department of Art and Art History, students are challenged to be critical and creative thinkers and effective communicators, and to engage with the community, says DAAH Chair Lauren Lake, MFA.

“The BFA exhibition is a highlight of the BFA undergraduate career as it demonstrates and celebrates our students’ accomplishments,” Lake said.

The spring 2015 BFA exhibition features painting, photography, printmaking, ceramics and mixed-media works, says AEIVA Curator John Fields.

“These works employ diverse conceptual and aesthetic strategies, ranging from photographic depictions of the Southern landscape to mixed-media explorations of religious identity,” Fields said.

It is exciting for AEIVA to present the exhibition and showcase the thesis work of the next generation of emerging artists, says AEIVA Director Lisa Tamiris Becker.

The Department of Art and Art History’s Bachelor of Fine Arts degree offers students an intensive exploration across a breadth of media and depth of discipline. Students gain skills and competencies including team-based learning, technology, communication, problem solving, aesthetic judgment, interdisciplinary approaches, innovative thinking, critical analysis and professional development throughout their program of study. For more information, visit the department at www.uab.edu/art or contact Jared Ragland: raglandj@uab.edu.

AEIVA is open to the public 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 12-6 p.m. Saturday. It is closed Sundays and holidays.

The Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts is a new, cutting-edge facility designed by world-renowned late architect Randall Stout, a protégé of Frank Gehry. The 26,000-square-foot building was named for lead donors Judy and Hal Abroms, and Ruth and the late Marvin Engel. AEIVA features a series of three professional, state-of-the-art galleries for exhibitions, as well as a 95-seat lecture hall and a series of climate-controlled storage spaces that house AEIVA’s growing permanent collection. The building’s academic classrooms, laboratories and faculty offices are home to the Department of Art and Art History, facilitating a dynamic partnership in AEIVA’s mission of enhancing social, cultural and historical understanding through the visual arts across UAB and the broader community.


Image Credit: (Clockwise from top left) Britney Truitt, Untitled, 2015; pigment print; 25 x 28 inches; Lindsey Christina, Get out of the road if you want to grow old, 2015; silkscreen; 19.5 x 26 inches; Jeanette Vasquez, Proudly Made in America: Part 4, 2015; silkscreen; 18 x 24 inches; Allison Ciamarra, Untitled, 2013; monoprint; 15 x 12 inches; Jessica Walley, Winter, 2014; oil on canvas; 30 x 30 inches; Images courtesy of the artists. © the artist

Inherited Scars: A Meditation on the Southern Gothic // Exhibition

Thursday, April 2 – Sunday, August 9
Opening Reception: Thursday, April 2, 5-9pm
Birmingham Museum of Art

A new show of photographs made in and about the South curated by students from the University of Alabama at Birmingham will open at the Birmingham Museum of Art on Thursday, April 2, for the BMA’s First Thursday event.

Throughout the semester, students from the UAB College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Art and Art History course “Special Topics: Photography in the South” have studied photographs and literature of the Southeast. The curriculum led students from the classroom to the field and from the library to the BMA’s permanent collection, in search of an understanding of the South and the complex ways in which it has been pictorially represented through fine art and documentary photographic practices.

Taught by DAAH Visual Media and Outreach Coordinator Jared Ragland, the class read foundational texts on regional identity and Southern history. They also found support and inspiration for their research in the literary work of renowned Southern authors such as William Faulkner, Flannery O’Connor and Walker Percy and in contemporary films about the South, Ragland says. “After reading O’Connor’s ‘A Good Man Is Hard To Find,’ the class decided to focus their curatorial project on notions of the Southern Gothic,” Ragland said.

As part of their studies, BMA Hugh Kaul Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art Wassan Al-Khudhairi invited the class to curate an exhibition of photographs from the BMA’s permanent collection.

The students mined the BMA permanent collection, facilitated by Al-Khudhairi and BMA librarian Lindsey Reynolds, and selected a broad range of photographs to research; their research was augmented by assigned readings on the Southern Gothic aesthetic. Based on their individual findings and collective conversations, a final selection of 11 photographs was made.

The exhibition, which will be on show through Aug. 9, includes works by well-known Southern artists such as William Christenberry and Sally Mann and images by documentary photographers Bruce Davidson and Melissa Springer. The class collectively titled the exhibition “Inherited Scars: A Meditation on the Southern Gothic,” and each student was tasked with writing text for the exhibition labels.

Participating students are Jourdan Cunningham of Sylacauga; Catherine Duncan of Birmingham; Tyler Harris of Columbiana; Timothy Harstvedt of Fort Walton Beach, Florida; Devin Lunsford, Stacie Reese and Christianna Traynor of Birmingham; Britney Truitt of Corner; and Katie Walden of Eufaula.

For more information contact Jared Ragland: raglandj@uab.edu or visit the Birmingham Museum of Art's website: www.artsbma.org.

39th Annual Juried Student Exhibition

Friday, March 13 – Wednesday April 3, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday, March 13, 6-8pm
Visiting Artist Lecture by Juror, Michael Velliquette: Friday, March 13, 5pm
UAB Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts 

Works created by 49 Department of Art and Art History students and selected by juror Michael Velliquette will be on display in the 39th annual Juried Student Exhibition from March 13-April 3.

“When artists work in close proximity, their art will naturally reflect the collective perspective of their time and place,” Velliquette said of the submissions. “So as a group student exhibition, it’s not surprising that these works consider subjects facing makers on the threshold of their vocation — questions of voice and style, originality, form and concept, abstraction and representation, order and expression, the self, and the other.”

The annual Juried Student Exhibition, coordinated by the UAB Department of Art and Art History and presented in the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts galleries, includes student works selected by a professional artist, says department Chair Lauren Lake, MFA.

“The exhibition functions as an experiential learning and professional practice opportunity for students enrolled in studio art courses across media and stages of development,” Lake said. “This year’s exhibition will feature 54 student artworks juried by Velliquette, a noted mixed-media artist.” 

An opening reception is planned from 6-8 p.m. Friday, March 13, in the AEIVA, 1221 10th Ave. South. Before the reception, at 5 p.m., Velliquette will give a visiting artist lecture. Both events are free and open to the public. 

Velliquette is known for his dimensionally complex paper sculptures, installations and drawings. His work is represented by David Shelton Gallery in Houston, Texas, and DCKT Contemporary in New York City and has been featured nationally in museum exhibitions including at the Museum of Art and Design, New York; the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Madison, Wisconsin; and the San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio, Texas.

Velliquette’s work is also the subject of AEIVA’s concurrent exhibition, “Michael Velliquette: Desire for Being,” which will be on view March 13-May 1. Visit the AEIVA online at www.uab.edu/cas/aeiva or call 205-975-6436. Admission to AEIVA is free. AEIVA is open to the public 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday and noon-6 p.m. Saturday and is closed Sundays and holidays. 

In addition to his solo exhibition and visiting artist lecture, Velliquette will lead students from Assistant Professor Doug Baulos’ 2-D Design class, Visiting Assistant Professor Stacey Holloway’s Intermediate Sculpture class, and Adjunct Professor Lanette Parker’s Drawing class in a multimedia workshop, “The Soft Spot in the Crown of the Skull.” Using activities based on Surrealist techniques, the workshop encourages students to consider ways to enter into creative activity through instinct, intuition and experimentation, and a range of drawing media is utilized to explore a spectrum of imagistic and sculptural possibilities. 

Participating student artists for the 39th annual Juried Student Exhibition are Sarah Adkins, Jennifer Allen, Lucy Allen, Marci Apker, Mia Badham, Emily Bailey, Brandon Berry, Mikala Buwalda, Wesley Coffman, Ashley Cook, Jourdan Cunningham, Annabelle DeCamillis, Catherine Duncan, Tashee Dunsmore, Zachary Edison, Rachel Ejem, Keiah Flowers, Amber Gomez, Camille Goulet, Jonah Grice, Tyler Harris, Timothy Harstvedt, Melody Hollenbeck, Katelyn Ledford, Devin Lunsford, Morgan Mahan, Anna-Kate Marcum, Bryce Martinez, David Matthews, Caroline McCarter, Devon McFarland, Ricardo Munoz, Lisa Nguyen, Alicia Owens, Jacob Phillips, Hannah Rettig, Samantha Richardson, Vincent Rizzo, David Roberts, Katherine Rubens, Stephen Stark, Casey Tesmer, Christianna Traynor, Ryan Tucker, Leita Turner, Katie Walden, Jessica Walley, Britni Wible and Anna Zoladz.

For more information contact Jared Ragland: raglandj@uab.edu.

Andy Warhol Interviews // Reading

Monday, February 23, 6:00 p.m.
UAB Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts
Co-presented by the UAB Department of Art and Art History and the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts (AEIVA) 

The UAB Department of Art and Art History and the Abroms-Engel Institute of Visual Arts present a student reading of interviews with Andy Warhol, inside the exhibition galleries of the current exhibition, Warhol: Fabricated.  A pop candy reception will precede the reading.  The following selections will be performed by UAB art history and art studio students:

warhol_poster_web.jpgArt Voices, “Pop Art? Is it Art? A Revealing Interview with Andy Warhol” 1962
Read by: Annabelle Decamillis, Mary-Katherine Carr

Segment from the Merv Griffin Show, October 6, 1965 (Merv Griffin, Andy Warhol, Edie Sedgwick, Renee Taylor)
Read by: Katie Walden, Perry McKee, Watson McGough, Joan Inman

Gerard Malanga, “Interview with Andy Warhol on EMPIRE” 1964
Read by: Michael Forrester, Kelly Allen

G. R. Swenson, “What is Pop Art?” 1963
Read by: Annabelle Decamillis, Mary-Katherine Carr

Glenn O’Brien, “Interview: Andy Warhol” 1977
Read by: Cass Waters, Tori Absher

Gerard Malanga, “Andy Warhol on Automation: An Interview” 1968
Read by: Michael Forrester, Katie Walden

“Beauty” from Andy Warhol, The philosophy of Andy Warhol: From A to B and Back Again (New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1975), 61-65. (Andy Warhol)
Read by: Perry McKee

Cavalier, “Inside Andy Warhol” 1966 (Cavalier, Andy Warhol, Ondine)
Read by: Watson McGough, Joan Inman, Kelly Allen

Andy Warhol Interviews: A Reading is free and open to the public.

For more information contact Jared Ragland at raglandj@uab.edu

Jessica Angel: Multidimensional Space // Lecture

Wednesday, February 18, 6:00 p.m.
UAB Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts Hess Family Lecture Hall
Co-presented by the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts (AEIVA) and the UAB Department of Art and Art History

Jessica Angel is a Colombian artist living and working in New York. Her recent and upcoming projects foster cross-disciplinary initiatives. Her last solo project in 2014, at the AC Institute in NYC, enabled forms of collaboration among sciences, philosophy, music, art and new media. She currently installed a massive site-specific project at Seton Hall University's Walsh Gallery that studies the intersection between art and astrophysics. In 2013 she organized Pintura Abierta, a collaborative project that prompted the circulation of ideas about painting and its site-specific possibilities. The project took place at El Museo del Banco de la República in Bogotá. 

Jessica Angel's recJessica Angel, Hemispherical Immersion 2.0, 2014; Site-specific installation at 516 Arts, Albuquerque, New Mexico; Adhesive vinyl and off-set prints on walls and floor; 35' 5"L x17' 8”W x 25’H; Image courtesy of the artist.ent work takes over architectural interiors, exploring the possibility of visual illusion and space transformation with the use of perspective. She transforms the processes and usage of traditional media, like mural painting, large scale drawings and wallpapering, in order to create immersive environments that bring people closer to imagination and the experience of unconventional sensations, enabling a disorienting encounter with reality. The research that currently nourishes her practice addresses digital physics, astrophysics, information sciences, architecture, and network theory. 

While living in New York City Jessica Angel has been nominated for the World Technology Award in the Arts Category (2014) and was awarded the Teaching-Artist Residency at The Cooper Union as well as the Media Arts Fellowship (2012). She participated in City Walls with the Brooklyn Arts Council (2010) and the BOFFO Artist in Residence (2009). She has exhibited solo at Juan Salas Gallery (2012), The Museum of Modern Art of Bucaramanga (2008), at the Salamanca University Cultural Center in Bogotá (2008), at The Project Room of Los Andes University in Bogota and at Casas Riegner Gallery (2006 and 2009). Her work has been exhibited both locally and abroad in cities like Bogota, New York, Miami, Washington, Albuquerque, Rosario, La Paz and Mexico. In 2007 she received an honorable mention at the 4th International Biennial SIART, Bolivia and at the 1st Drawing Biennial of the Americas, Mexico (2006).

Image credit: Jessica Angel, Hemispherical Immersion 2.0, 2014; Site-specific installation at 516 Arts, Albuquerque, New Mexico; Adhesive vinyl and off-set prints on walls and floor; 35' 5"L x17' 8”W x 25’H; Image courtesy of the artist.

The March Quilts: Community Project

January/February 2015

The March Quilts LogoMarch 25, 2015 will mark the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery March. On that day in 1965, Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. led 25,000 nonviolent demonstrators to the state capitol in Montgomery following a 5-day, 54-mile march. The march was preceded by two attempts, the first of which resulted in the infamous “Bloody Sunday” on March 7, 1965. All three demonstrations were conducted in the name of equal voting rights for African Americans, and the actions of these brave men and women set in motion the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which forever prohibited racial discrimination in voting across the United States. 

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery March, the Department of Art and Art History has partnered with Birmingham's Bib & Tucker Sew-Op – along with community partners including the Birmingham Museum of Art, UAB’s ArtPlay, and the Desert Island Supply Co. – to create THE MARCH QUILTS: A Community Project. Throughout January and February community members across Birmingham and the state of Alabama are invited to participate in open sewing sessions and create 7” quilt blocks that will be sewn into large, commemorative narrative quilts. Upon completion in March, the quilts will be publicly exhibited in Selma and Montgomery for the 50th anniversary and will then return to Birmingham for a special celebration.

UAB art major Jonathan Niega of Moody, Ala. designed the project logo and all collateral materials.  Niega is a student in UAB Associate Professor of Graphic Design Doug Barrett’s Bloom Studio and is involved in MEDIUM: The UAB Art Club.  Other art club members have participated in the project and the art club will host Bib & Tucker Sew-Op Director Lillis Taylor on Feb. 4 for a sewing session.  

All UAB Department of Art and Art History sewing days will take place in its classrooms upstairs in the UAB College of Arts and Sciences’ Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts, room 260, 1221 10th Ave. South.  

Sewing days schedule:
Friday, Jan. 9, 4-7 p.m., at ArtPlay, 1006 19th St. South
Saturday, Jan. 10, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Department of Art and Art History at AEIVA 
Sunday, Jan. 18, 1-3 p.m., at Birmingham Museum of Art, 2000 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr. Blvd.
Monday, Jan. 19, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Department of Art and Art History at AEIVA 
Friday, Jan. 30, 4-7 p.m., at ArtPlay
Wednesday, Feb. 4, 7-9 p.m., Department of Art and Art History at AEIVA 
Thursday, Feb. 5, 5:30-8 p.m., at Birmingham Museum of Art 
Friday, Feb. 6, 4-7 p.m., Department of Art and Art History at AEIVA 
Saturday, Feb. 7, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Department of Art and Art History at AEIVA 
Tuesday, Feb. 17, 4-6 p.m., at DISCO, 5500 First Ave. North
Sunday, Feb. 22, 1-3 p.m., at Birmingham Museum of Art 

For more info visit The March Quilts' Facebook page. To donate fabric or materials, facilitate an open sewing session, or volunteer at upcoming sewing sessions contact DAAH Media and Outreach Coordinator Jared Ragland at raglandj@uab.edu.




2014 Year in Pictures

2014 was a tremendous year for the UAB Department of Art and Art History. The dedication and work of our faculty, students, staff and community friends exemplified our goal of making a strong mark. The impressions we made this year extend from the classroom to the community, both locally and globally, and we are proud of the scholarly and creative research, outreach and special programming we have accomplished together. Thank you for sharing a great year with us. We look forward to the year ahead as we continue our commitment to having a thoughtful and meaningful role in the arts at UAB, in Birmingham, and beyond.

Lauren Lake, Chair
UAB Department of Art and Art History


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UAB student Tyler Sanford paints a self portrait in the DAAH painting studio in UAB’s Humanities Building. Photo by Jared Ragland


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UAB students Mary Margaret Morgan, Brandon Oswalt and Kelsea Nichols Oswalt work in the DAAH printmaking studio in UAB’s Humanities Building. Morgan is currently pursuing an MFA degree at the University of Oregon; Oswalt and Nichols Oswalt study in the MFA program at Northern Illinois University. Photo by Jared Ragland


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UAB DAAH visiting artist Mike Tabie of Two Arms Inc. makes a final count of limited edition screen prints in the DAAH graphic design studio at UAB’s Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts, February 15, 2014. The DAAH commissioned Tabie to make the Birmingham-themed prints which were hand printed with the help of DAAH students and community members. This photograph was made for the DAAH's new Instagram account, which can be followed at instagram.com/uabdaah.  Photo by Jared Ragland


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UAB DAAH visiting artist George Ferrandi and UAB student Angela Isbell construct an armature for Ferrandi’s “The Prosthetics of Joy” in Gallery One of UAB’s Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts, March 13, 2014. More than two dozen prosthetic pieces were constructed by Ferrandi in collaboration with UAB students, faculty and community volunteers for a one-time multimedia performance. Photo by Jared Ragland


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George Ferrandi’s “The Prosthetics of Joy,” performed by UAB students, faculty, and community volunteers at the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts, March 20, 2014. Photo by Jared Ragland


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UAB visiting artist George Ferrandi photographs UAB student Miranda Doran, posing in-character, in the Prosthetics of Joy installation, March 22, 2014, in Gallery One of UAB’s Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts. Photo by Jared Ragland


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UAB Art History graduate students Joan Inman and Angie May take a selfie with Tushar Gandhi following the Gandhian Paths to Global Progress Forum at UAB's Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts, May 6, 2014. Photo by Jared Ragland


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AEIVA Exhibitions Coordinator Christina McClellan installs a textile piece in the “Objects of Authority: Embroideries and Other Contemporary Arts from Western India,” exhibition, June 4, 2014. Curated by UAB Assistant Professor of Art History Cathleen Cummings and co-curated by UAB Associate Professor of English Cynthia Ryan, the exhibition featured approximately 40 works of art produced in rural contexts in India over the past 50 years. Photo by Jared Ragland


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Associate Professor of Art History Jessica Dallow, right, talks with artist Leslie Wayne about “Paint/Rag #31, 2013” at the Jack Shainman Gallery in New York, April 28, 2014. Dr. Dallow wrote the catalog essay for Wayne's exhibition, "Leslie Wayne: Mind the Gap," on view June 5-July 17 at UAB’s Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts. Photo by Zach Nader


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UAB visiting artist Leslie Wayne and AEIVA Curator John Fields, during the installation of “Leslie Wayne: Mind the Gap,” at UAB's Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts, June 4, 2014. Photo by Jared Ragland


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UAB visiting artist Leslie Wayne meets with UAB student Lucy Allen for a one-on-one studio critique in the DAAH painting studios in UAB’s Humanities Building, June 6, 2014. Photo by Jared Ragland


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A program from the 39th Annual UAB Honors Convocation – where DAAH graduate student Joanna Wilson and undergraduates Betsy Cates and Kelsea Nichols were recognized with DAAH departmental awards, April 25, 2014. In addition to the departmental accolades, Cates was presented with a College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Award, and Wilson was presented the Samuel B. Barker Award for master’s level students. Photo by Jared Ragland


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Local ADDY awards won by UAB faculty and students are seen in January 2014 following the local ADDY Award ceremony. Conducted annually by the American Advertising Federation, the local ADDY’s are the first of a three-tier, national competition. Photo by Lauren Lake


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Visiting Assistant Professor of Sculpture Stacey Holloway gives a welding demo to her class in the DAAH sculpture studio. This year saw a major renovation of the sculpture, printmaking, new media, and ceramics studios, including new ventilation systems, new tools, and an updated outdoor fabrication area. Photo by Jared Ragland


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Installation view of Visiting Assistant Professor of Sculpture Stacey Holloway’s class exhibition, “Source Material,” a one-night only show featuring sculpture and installation works made from nontraditional and recycled materials, at the UAB Visual Arts Gallery, June 18, 2014. Photo by Jared Ragland


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Assistant Professor Doug Baulos' Book Arts course was one of the first to be taught in the new Community Foundation of Birmingham Graphic Design Classroom in the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts. Here, students work on book cloth pieces to be dyed Itajime Shibori style, a Japanese resist technique in which cloth is sandwiched between pieces of wood and held in place with string before submersion in indigo. Photo by Jared Ragland


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Adjunct Professor Lane Cooper leads a critique on cross contour and foreshortening drawings in ARS 495 Figurative Themes course, July 7, 2014, in the DAAH painting studio in UAB’s Humanities Building. Photo by Jared Ragland


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Professor Gary Chapman leads a painting critique in the DAAH painting studio in UAB’s Humanities Building. Photo by Jared Ragland


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Alabama artist Pinky Bass visits Assistant Professor Doug Baulos' Book Arts class at the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts, June 30, 2014. Photo by Jared Ragland


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Associate Professors Doug Barrett and Dr. Cathleen Cummings celebrate their promotion and tenure with DAAH faculty in the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts conference room, June 6, 2014. Photo by Jared Ragland


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Darlena King of the Bib & Tucker Sew Op jokes with UAB visiting artist Amanda Browder via Skype during a Magic Chromacity Virtual Visiting Artist Community Sewing Day, May 9, 2014. Browder sewed from her studio in Brooklyn as volunteers in Birmingham worked on the “Magic Chromacity” project at the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts. Photo by Jared Ragland


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UAB students Katherine Rubens and Alicia Owens guide visitors in pinning traditional Japanese Shibori-style indigo-dyed fabric for the “Magic Chromacity” project during the Birmingham Museum of Art's Art on the Rocks event, July 11, 2014. Photo by Jared Ragland


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Magic Chromacity Community Sewing Day at the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts, July 10, 2014. Over the course of the nine-month project, dozens of UAB students, faculty, staff and hundreds of community volunteers sewed more than 10,000 square feet of fabric for the monumental installation. Photo by Jared Ragland


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Members of the Alpha Gamma Delta sorority assist UAB visiting artist Amanda Browder, seen in the background, with piecing together panels of “Magic Chromacity,” August 14, 2014, at the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts. Photo by Jared Ragland


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Volunteers from the Bib & Tucker Sew Op put in the final stitches of “Magic Chromacity,” August 22, 2014 at the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts. Photo by Jared Ragland


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UAB visiting artist Amanda Browder directs the installation of “Magic Chromacity” at the Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center, August 25, 2014. Photo by Jared Ragland


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UAB College of Arts and Sciences Dean Robert Palazzo is interviewed by Jeh Jeh Pruitt of Fox 6 News, August 28, 2014 at the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts. Dean Palazzo and Pruitt discussed the role of the arts at UAB and Amanda Browder's large-scale “Magic Chromacity” installation. Photo by Jared Ragland


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UAB visiting artist Amanda Browder’s installation, “Magic Chromacity,” is seen at the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts, August 29, 2014. Photo by Walt Stricklin


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A magic moment – the graphics on the UAB BlazerExpress serendipitously lines up with “Magic Chromacity” while the bus was stopped on 10th Avenue South, August 25, 2014. Photo by Jared Ragland


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Associate Professor Doug Barrett leads a screen printing workshop with students from the Woodlawn High School Summer Bridge program, July 31, 2014, at the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts. The Summer Bridge Program introduced a group of 50 rising freshmen and sophomores from Woodlawn High School to life on campus at UAB, where they participated in a series of four hands-on studio art courses led by DAAH faculty. During the workshop each student pulled a print and took home a limited edition poster commemorating Woodlawn’s centennial anniversary. Photo by Jared Ragland


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Professor of Ceramics James Alexander discusses his piece, "Equipoise: Roundabout,” in the “Interlude/Influence: Faculty and Alumni at Work” exhibition with Woodlawn High School Arts and Environmental Science Academy students at the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts, August 22, 2014. Photo by Jared Ragland


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UAB visiting scholar Dr. Ugochukwu-Smooth C. Nzewi tours the Birmingham Museum of Art's newly renovated African Gallery, Sept. 18, 2014. Dr. Nzewi visited Birmingham to give the 2014 Edward M. and Hermione C. Friend Lecture at UAB. Photo by Jared Ragland


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“Pulp + Bone,” a one-night only student figurative drawing exhibition by Adjunct Professor Lane Cooper's ARS 495 Drawing: Figurative Themes class, at the UAB Visual Arts Gallery, August 7, 2014. Photo by Jared Ragland


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“A Seat at the Big Table: Bloom Studio," at the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts Gallery One. Bloom Studio, run by Associate Professor Doug Barrett, allows Department of Art and Art History Graphic Design students the opportunity to gain real-world experience by working directly with regional clients, local non-profits, and under-served communities on Design for Good projects. “A Seat at the Big Table” featured works produced by Bloom Studio students from the last two years, including projects for The Cahaba River Society, Bibb County Tourism Board, Lakeview District/Sloss Real Estate. Photo by Jared Ragland


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UAB Bloom Studio students pitch logo and identity design concepts for Birmingham Southern College's Southern Environmental Center, September 26, in the DAAH graphic design studios at the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts. Photo by Jared Ragland


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An Instagram of Andy Warhol-themed screen print posters, prepared for the 2014 UAB Homecoming festivities, October 4, 2014. The limited edition posters were designed by Associate Professor Doug Barrett and DAAH Media & Outreach Coordinator Jared Ragland and were given away during the annual UAB homecoming parade. Photo by Jared Ragland


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UAB College of Arts and Sciences faculty, students, and staff participate in the 2014 UAB Homecoming Parade, Friday, Oct. 10, 2014. The DAAH designed the Warhol Factory-inspired float and limited edition screen print posters to celebrate the upcoming Warhol exhibition at UAB’s Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts. Photo by Jared Ragland


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Professor of Art History Heather McPherson, center, and Lisa Tamaris Becker, Director of the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts, left, share 19th-century prints from the UAB permanent collection, Oct. 1, 2014, during Dr. McPherson's ARH 440/540 19th Century Art History course in the Elsas Seminar Room at the AEIVA. Photo by Jared Ragland


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UAB student Timothy Harstvedt presents plans for the UAB DAAH Prayer Flag Project, “Whisper Away,” to a panel of UAB officials, Sept. 16, 2014, in the Elsas Seminar Room at the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts. As part of their course curriculum, students in Visiting Assistant Professor of Sculpture Stacey Holloway’s Intermediate Sculpture class built a scale model and proposed a site-specific installation to celebrate the visit of the Dalai Lama to UAB. Photo by Jared Ragland


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Assistant Professor Doug Baulos leads a prayer flag workshop for the Community of Readers, Oct. 3, 2014 at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.  Photo by Jared Ragland


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Professor of Photography Sonja Rieger watches the exposure time for cyanotype prayer flags during a workshop with her Beginning Photography students, Oct. 1, 2014. Throughout the Fall semester students from across the UAB campus and Birmingham community created prayer flags for the UAB DAAH Prayer Flag Project, “Whisper Away,” to celebrate the visit of the Dalai Lama to Birmingham. Photo by Jared Ragland


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Kelsey Parrish, a student in Visiting Assistant Professor of Sculpture Stacey Holloway’s Intermediate Sculpture class, assists with the installation of the UAB DAAH Prayer Flag Project, "Whisper Away," Oct. 16, 2014, in the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts Sculpture Garden. More than 1,000 flags were used in the large-scale, student-designed installation. Photo by Jared Ragland


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Associate Professor of Art History Cathleen Cummings delivers remarks during the opening reception for the UAB DAAH Prayer Flag Project, "Whisper Away," Oct. 22, 2014, in the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts Sculpture Garden. Photo by Jared Ragland


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UAB visiting artist Aaron Draplin works with Woodlawn High School student Mohamed Jalloh during a Design Week Birmingham civic identity flag design workshop, Oct. 22, 2014 in the DAAH graphic design studio at the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts. In addition to participants from Woodlawn High School, students from UAB, Auburn University, University of Montevallo, and Samford University worked together to create flag designs for the city of Birmingham. Photo by Jared Ragland


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UAB student Bryce Martinez paints during a UAB Art Club workshop with guest artist Shane B. of Non Stop Art, November 5, 2014. Photo by Jared Ragland


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UAB student Devin Lunsford reacts during a one-on-one critique with photographer and Yale professor Curran Hatleberg, November 7, 2014. Hatleburg visited UAB for portfolio reviews after giving the 2014 John Morton Lecturer in Photography at the Birmingham Museum of Art. Photo by Jared Ragland


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UAB students from Associate Professor Cathleen Cumming's Buddhist Arts of Asia class are led on a tour of “So Close to Heaven: Sacred Sculpture of Asia" at the Birmingham Museum of Art by Dr. Donald Wood, Senior Curator and Virginia and William M. Spencer III Curator of Asian Art, November 12, 2014. Photo by Jared Ragland


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UAB student Michael Forrester gives a presentation during Assistant Professor Noa Turel's ARH 431: 17th Century Painting class at the Birmingham Museum of Art, December 3, 2014. Dr. Turel’s students were assigned to research, write, and present on specific works within the BMA permanent collection. Photo by Jared Ragland


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Students from Adjunct Professor Jared Ragland's BA Capstone: Contemporary Art Practice course visit with artist Amy Pleasant at her studio in downtown Birmingham, November 13, 2014. Pleasant discussed her training and influences, her studio practice, and how she sustains a successful, creative life and business in the contemporary art world with the soon-to-be graduates. Photo by Jared Ragland


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UAB faculty and students participate in The March Quilts community sewing day kick-off event at the Birmingham Museum of Art, December 6, 2014. A collaborative project between the Bib & Tucker Sew Op, Birmingham Museum of Art and DAAH, The March Quilts invites members of the community to participate in the making of large narrative quilts commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery March of 1965. Photo by Jared Ragland


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UAB DAAH senior Nathan Truitt installs his 2014 Fall Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition at UAB's Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts, November 26, 2014. Photo by Jared Ragland


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UAB DAAH senior Robert Clifton and Assistant Professor Doug Baulos install Clifton’s “Idealized Serpentine Forms,” for the 2014 Fall Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition at UAB's Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts, November 26, 2014. Photo by Jared Ragland


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Art History professors Dr. Noa Turel and Dr. Heather McPherson view Alejandra Garbutt's "Love v. Alabama Sanctity of Marriage Amendment," through anaglyph 3D glasses during the 2014 Fall Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition closing reception at UAB's Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts, December 12, 2014. Photo by Jared Ragland

2014 Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition

Monday, December 1 - Friday, December 12, 2014
Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts
Closing Reception Friday, December 12, 6-8 p.m.

Works by three graduating students from the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Department of Art and Art History will be on exhibition Dec. 1-13, in the College of Arts and Sciences’ Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts.

The UAB Bachelor of Fine Arts exhibition represents the culmination of a diverse and intensive program of undergraduate study and will feature works by UAB DAAH students Alejandra Garbutt of Madison and Rob Clifton and Nathan Truitt of Birmingham. The exhibition is free and open to the public. A free closing reception is planned for 6-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12, at AEIVA, 1221 10th Ave. South. Call 205-975-6436 or visit AEIVA online at www.uab.edu/cas/aeiva.

Throughout the curriculum in the Department of Art and Art History, students are challenged to be critical and creative thinkers and effective communicators, and to engage with the community, says DAAH Chair Lauren Lake, MFA.

art bfa alejandraGarbutt bebrave sizedAlejandra Garbutt: "be brave," 2014; digital print; 40" x 28"“The BFA exhibition is a highlight of the BFA undergraduate career as it demonstrates and celebrates our students’ accomplishments,” Lake said.

Each of the artists focuses on diverse explorations of human consciousness, presenting work that references both internal and external realities while invoking the mythic as well as the archetypal, says AEIVA Curator John Thomas Fields, MFA.

Clifton’s expansive mixed-media installations explore the meditative qualities of human cognition through works that evoke the power and beauty of the natural world. His installations incorporate suspended branchlike forms, collaged newspaper and projected light to create enigmatic environments.

Garbutt’s graphic-design works encourage positive social change by utilizing affirmative texts and images to inspire and motivate. Incorporated in her designs are female figures adorned with textile-like patterns that conjure ideas of the feminine divine.

Truitt’s narrative ceramic sculptures examine intimacy and the challenges of human relationships. His provocative figurative works pair male and female characters placed atop urban settings, while his palette of contrasting slips and glazes draws on a neo-expressionist tradition.

art bfa nathantruitt sizedNathan Truitt: "Long Distance," 2014; ceramic; dimensions variableThe Department of Art and Art History’s Bachelor of Fine Arts degree offers students an intensive exploration across
a breadth of media and depth of discipline. Students gain skills and competencies including team-based learning, technology, communication, problem solving, aesthetic judgment, interdisciplinary approaches, innovative thinking, critical analysis and professional development throughout their program of study. For more information, visit the department at www.uab.edu/art.

AEIVA is open to the public 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 12-6 p.m. Saturday. It is closed Sundays and holidays.

Anchoring UAB’s Cultural Corridor on 10th Avenue South, the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts is a new, cutting-edge facility designed by world-renowned late architect Randall Stout, a protégé of Frank Gehry. The 26,000-square-foot building was named for lead donors Judy and Hal Abroms, and Ruth and the late Marvin Engel. AEIVA features a series of three professional state-of-the-art galleries for exhibitions, as well as a 95-seat lecture hall, sculpture garden and a series of climate-controlled storage spaces that house AEIVA’s growing permanent collection.

The building’s academic classrooms, laboratories and faculty offices are home to the Department of Art and Art History, facilitating a dynamic partnership in AEIVA’s mission of enhancing social, cultural and historical understanding through the visual arts across UAB and the broader community. Lisa Tamiris Becker, MFA, directs AEIVA.

2nd Annual Design Week Birmingham

Monday October 20 - Saturday October 25, 2014

The UAB Department of Art and Art History is a proud sponsor of the 2nd annual Design Week Birmingham, a multifaceted event including lectures, film screenings, exhibitions, workshops and social gatherings inspired by the belief that design matters. 

The DAAH has partnered with Design Week Birmingham to present keynote lecturer Aaron Draplin, charismatic designer and Field Notes creator, Thursday, October 23. Draplin, with his penchant for bold simple graphics and Americana, founded Draplin Design Co. (DDC) in 2004 and has designed widely-recognized projects in print, identity, web, and illustration for clients including Field Notes, Esquire, Nike, Red Wing, Burton Snowboards, Ford Motor Co., and the Obama Administration.

For a full schedule of events go to www.dwbhm.com.

WHISPER AWAY: UAB DAAH Prayer Flag Project // Installation

October 20-26, 2014
UAB Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts Sculpture Garden 
Opening Reception Wednesday, October 22, 5:00-6:30 p.m.

Inspired by and in collaboration with Birmingham artist Carrie Bloomston’s Happy Flag Project, the University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Art and Art History is creating a community prayer flag installation to celebrate the Dalai Lama’s visit to Birmingham. 

The large-scale installation of more than 1,000 flags will be on exhibit Oct. 20-26 in the UAB College of Arts and Sciences’ Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts Sculpture Garden, 1221 10th Ave. South. An outdoor reception is planned for 5-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22. Associate Professor of Art History Dr. Cathleen Cummings will present a short lecture. The event is free and open to the public.  

Since July, the Department of Art and Art History has collaborated with participants across the UAB campus and throughout Birmingham in making prayer flags. DAAH faculty led Woodlawn High School students in making flags during the Woodlawn Summer Bridge Program, and the UAB departments of Anthropology, Biology, Government, Sociology, Philosophy, Theatre, as well as the School of Public Health, have contributed to the project. Assistant Professor of Art Doug Baulos led prayer flag workshops across campus, including with the Alpha Gamma Delta sorority, UAB Art Club and the UAB Honors College, and UAB art students enrolled in painting, drawing, design, photography and art classes have made hundreds of flags throughout the semester.

Visiting Assistant Professor of Sculpture Stacey Holloway’s Intermediate Sculpture class designed the installation and presented their installation proposal to a committee of UAB officials in September. The interactive installation will span more than 100 feet across the AEIVA Sculpture Garden and include seating areas for meditation.

“The project has a positive impact on our students’ academic learning by seeking to achieve real objectives for the community and deeper understanding of professional skills, including working in team environments,” said DAAH Chair Lauren Lake. “Their experience enhances understanding, which leads to more effective action.”

While traditional Tibetan Buddhist motifs are featured on many flags, others include personal messages, commemorations, quotes, or other ecumenical and/or nonreligious messages. Students have been encouraged to express themselves, their hopes, their dreams and other positive ideas onto the flags.

“Traditionally, prayer flags are used to promote peace, compassion, strength and wisdom,” Bloomston said. “The flags do not carry prayers to gods, which is a common misconception; rather, the Tibetans believe the prayers and mantras will be blown by the wind to spread the good will and compassion into all pervading space. Therefore, prayer flags are thought to bring benefit to all.”

Prayer flags positively change the environment in which they are placed, and the same should be said of art, says Jared Ragland, DAAH visual media and outreach coordinator.

“Our goal has been to create a project that celebrates the Dalai Lama’s visit and provides an opportunity for creative expression and interdisciplinary collaboration across UAB and around the city of Birmingham,” Ragland said. “This installation will, like the recent ‘Magic Chromacity’ project, highlight UAB’s Cultural Corridor through the presentation of a public artwork that explores multicultural identities and vernacular sources in a contemporary art context.”

Use and follow #UABWhisperAway on social media for all project updates.

For more information, contact Jared Ragland at raglandj@uab.edu.

A Seat at the Big Table: Bloom Studio // Exhibition

Monday, Aug. 11-Monday, Sept. 22, 2014
Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts
Reception Friday, August 29, 5-7:30 p.m.

Works by advanced design students in the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Bloom Studio will be on exhibition Aug. 11-Sept. 22 in the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts, 1221 10th Ave. South.

UAB’s Bloom Studio, run by UAB Graphic Design Associate Professor Doug Barrett, allows Department of Art and Art History Graphic Design students to gain real-world experience working directly with regional clients, local non-profits, and under-served communities on Design for Good projects.

Design for Good, an American Institute of Graphic Arts platform, is a movement to ignite, accelerate and amplify design-driven social change. It creates opportunities for designers to build their practice, network and visibility. The exhibition, “A Seat at the Big Table: Bloom Studio,” will showcase works produced by Bloom Studio students from the last two years, including projects for The Cahaba River Society, Bibb County Tourism Board, Lakeview District/Sloss Real Estate and more. Admission is free. A reception is planned for 5-7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29.

The AEIVA is open to the public 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 12-6 p.m. Saturday and closed Sundays and holidays. For more information, contact John Fields at jfields@uab.edu.

Pulp + Bone // A One-night Only Student Exhibition

Thursday, August 7, 2014
6-8 p.m.
UAB Visual Arts Gallery

The UAB Department of Art and Art History presents a one-night only student exhibition, "Pulp + Bone." Students enrolled in the 2014 summer “Drawing: Figurative Themes” course have spent the semester exploring the figure as a subject of art and researching contemporary and historic figurative works. Through the course students have been introduced to formal figurative drawing and the considerations of the figure in contemporary art practice. Works by each student will be exhibited in a one-night only exhibition, Thursday, August 7, 6-8 p.m. at the UAB Visual Arts Gallery in the Humanities Building, 900 13th St. S.

Featuring the works of UAB students: Lucy Allen, Emily Bailey, Michael Baker, Matthew Barton, Tria Bolden, Rachel Ejem, Claire Godbee, Carolyn Harwood, Wesley Holmes, Glendinning Johnston, Caroline McCarter, Winston O’Rear, Sav Owen, Patrick Parks, Katherine Rubens, Jaylen Strong, and Tait Wayland

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Summer Bridge Program brings Woodlawn students to DAAH

Thursday, July 31, 2014

A group of 50 rising ninth- and 10th-graders from Woodlawn High School will enjoy an early college experience at the University of Alabama at Birmingham through the Summer Bridge Program from July 28-31.

The Summer Bridge Program, which introduces students to life on campus, has been organized by the UAB Office of the Provost in collaboration with the UAB School of Education and the UAB Department of Art and Art History.  

Summer Bridge is a free program designed to help students successfully transition from middle school to high school, both academically and socially. The program’s objectives are to assist students in the academically challenging high school environment; to expose students to, and engage them in, college project-based learning experiences to develop and reinforce academic skills; to provide students with an opportunity to begin building and utilizing community resources while building peer networks; and to acclimate students to a college campus and career planning as soon as they enter ninth grade. Lunch will be provided, as well as school bus transportation with pickup and drop-off on the Woodlawn campus.  

The School of Education’s Department of Human Studies will focus on sharing environmental sciences research and education with Summer Bridge students, and on improving the quality of life for individuals, families and communities through wellness education. Students will engage in hands-on learning opportunities in the exercise physiology wet lab, measure and collect data on calorie intake and energy expenditure, and learn about prevention and control of diseases. Throughout their time with faculty and in the labs, students will measure their individual activity by collecting data from pedometers with a goal of evaluating the impact of small changes in lifestyle behaviors.

“Our faculty members are excited about sharing a portion of their workday and research with these students,” said Kristi S. Menear, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Human Studies. “These activities give students a true picture of career options available in environmental sciences. The bonus is these students will come away with health and wellness information they can immediately apply to their lives, to create a healthier lifestyle for themselves and their families.”

On Thursday, July 31, student participants will visit the Department of Art and Art History at the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts for a series of four hands-on studio art courses.

The courses include screen printing with Associate Professor of Graphic Design Doug Barrett, which will cover the fundamentals of silkscreen from screen preparation to final print and how to properly use screen-printing equipment and tools. Students will have an opportunity to print and take home a poster made in class. Instructor Jared Ragland will teach students a course in camera obscura (Latin for “dark room”), including the history of and how to create a life-sized camera obscura. Professor of Painting Gary Chapman will lead students in making prayer flags. Inspired by and in collaboration with Birmingham native Carrie Bloomston’s Happy Flag Project, students’ flags will be combined with thousands of others to blanket Birmingham during the visit of the Dalai Lama in October. DAAH Chair and Associate Professor of Art Lauren Lake will guide students as they cut and sew as part of a community sewing team to create the final work “Magic Chromacity.” Visiting Artist Amanda Browder, who is leading the “Magic Chromacity” project, will Skype with the students. The work will debut in August, when the giant fabric works will adorn the AEIVA and UAB’s Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center.

Interlude/Influence: Faculty and Alumni at Work // Exhibition

Monday, Aug. 11-Monday, Sept. 22, 2014

Works by faculty and select alumni of the 
University of Alabama at BirminghamDepartment of Art and Art History will be featured in an exhibition, “Interlude/Influence: Faculty and Alumni at Work.” The exhibition will be on show Aug. 11-Sept. 22, in the UAB Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts, 1221 10th Ave. South. A reception is planned for 5-7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29. Admission is free.

“Interlude/Influence” will examine the dynamics of the master/apprentice relationship that occurs within the academic art context. The exhibition includes works by DAAH faculty James AlexanderDoug BarrettDoug BaulosGary ChapmanDerek CraccoCathleen CummingsJessica DallowStacey HollowayLauren LakeHeather McPhersonSonja RiegerNoa TurelErin Wright and Elisabeth Pellathy, with staff members Bonard Hughins and Jared Ragland. The exhibition also includes works by DAAH alumni Dan Bynum, Merrilee Challiss, Clayton Colvin, Brian Curtin, Christopher Dacre, John Fields, Jonathan Gann, Chad Burton Johnson, Jessica Pattmon, David Sandlin and Ester Song.

The AEIVA is open to the public 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 12-6 p.m. Saturday and closed Sundays and holidays. For more information, contact John Fields at jfields@uab.edu.

Ugochukwu-Smooth C. Nzewi: Edward M. and Hermione C. Friend Lecture

Thursday, September 18, 2014, 6:30 p.m.
UAB Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts Lecture Hall

2014 Edward M. and Hermione C. Friend Lecture: Dr. Ugochukwu-Smooth C. Nzewi, “The Dak'Art Biennial and 20th Century Black Cultural Politics of Visibility,” at the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts.

Dr. Ugochukwu-Smooth C. Nzewi is an artist, art historian, and curator of African art at the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire. He holds a B.A. in Fine and Applied Arts from the University of Nigeria Nsukka, Nigeria, a postgraduate diploma in Museum and Heritage Studies from the University of Western Cape, South Africa, and a Ph.D. in Art History from Emory University. Nzewi has participated in international artists’ residency and workshop programs, and over 35 art exhibitions in Africa, Europe, and the United States. He has curated exhibitions in Africa and the United States, such as Afrika Heritage Biennial in Nigeria (2002, 2004, and 2007), Transitions: Contemporary South African Works on Paper at the High Museum Atlanta, USA in 2009, and the Dak’Art Biennial in 2014. He is a recipient of several academic fellowships, scholarship, and artists’ awards, including Robert Sterling Clark Foundation Fellowship (2011) and Smithsonian Institution Pre-Doctoral Fellowship (2012). His recent essays include "The Individual and Community: Aesthetics of Blackness in the works of three Black British Artists," Critical Interventions, No. 12 (Fall 2013), “The Contemporary Present and Modernist Past in Postcolonial African Art,” World Art, Issue 3, No. 2 (autumn/fall 2013)," and "Curating Africa, Curating the Contemporary: The Pan-African Model of Dak’Art Biennial,” SAVVY: Journal of contemporary African Art, [special edition on Curating: Expectations and Challenges] No. 4 (November 2012). He is a contributor to Grove Art Online summer 2014 update on African Art and Architecture, Oxford University Press, and co-editor of New Spaces for Negotiating Art (and) Histories (forthcoming), a book on independent art initiatives in Africa.

The announcement of the creation of Dak’Art 1989 marked a pivotal moment in African and international art scenes. President Abdou Diouf’s government had emerged from the worst part of Senegal’s economic crisis in the 1980s, and was ready to revert to international cultural diplomacy as crucial to national development and economic growth. The mainstream artworld had also begun to re-examine the meaning of internationalism with groundbreaking exhibitions such as Magicians of the Earth and Another Story. Yet, these events at the twilight of the decade preceding the expansion of the art world and the emergence of new forms of cultural mediation in the 1990s do not fully explain what precipitated Dak’Art. A full picture must include a rigorous engagement with 20th century global black cultural politics, which inspired and continue to drive Dak’Art’s geopolitical focus. This lecture maps this history.

Throughout the twentieth century, the essence of black cultural politics was the aspiration for institutionalized political and cultural visibility. The tenor of the quest has continued to evolve with changing historical and contemporary conditions. The Dak’Art Biennial in Senegal responds to the specifics of contemporary cultural politics, but with the benefit of a complex and often difficult black history. Several pan-African conferences and cultural fora organized between 1900 and1959 in different locations in the Western world explored racial uplift, and attempted to forge a united political front against racism and colonialism. These events promoted interaction among black people from different countries and provided an initial context for pan-African internationalism to blossom. This particular pan-Africanist spirit culminated in the black cultural congresses in Europe at the twilight of colonialism, and later manifested in the pan-African cultural festivals in Africa. The early pan-African congresses and festivals, including the International Congress of African Culture in Salisbury (Harare) in 1962, and the First World Festival of Negro Arts in Dakar in 1966, the First Pan-African Festival in Algiers in 1969, and the Second World Festival of Black and African Arts in Lagos in 1977, made a case for black cultural visibility on a global scale. Significantly, they gave international recognition to modern black and African artists, a role currently championed by Dak’Art for contemporary artists of African descent.

Dr. Nzewi will present his lecture at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, September 18, in the UAB Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts, Lecture Hall, 1221 10th Ave. South. Admission is free and open to the public.

The Friend Lecture series was established in 2005 by Mrs. Ellen Elsas and her husband Dr. Fred Elsas, in memory of Mrs. Elsas’s parents who were active supporters of the arts in the Birmingham community. With the objective to bring important and engaging speakers in the disciplines of art, art history, and criticism to the UAB campus for the benefit of our students and the community, the annual Friend lecture has featured such noted curators, critics, and art historians as Robert Storr, Tom Eccles, and Ivan Gaskell.

For more information, contact Jared Ragland at raglandj@uab.edu

Students Exhibit Works from Alternative Materials

News: Students in Visiting Professor of Sculpture Stacey Holloway’s summer interdisciplinary Source Material course used alternative materials to create installations and sculpture-based artworks for a one-night-only exhibition Wednesday, June 18, presented by the University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Art and Art History.

After researching contemporary artists who use nontraditional sculptural materials, such as Ann Hamilton, Tara Donovan, Clive Murphy, Wolfgang Laib, Berndnaut Smilde and Sakir Gokcebag, the students experimented with material choices and the relationships among materials, process, form and content. During the first two weeks, students completed single-day projects with various materials including powders, liquids, expired media and common household items. Next, they were assigned three formal projects: a recycled, a terrain and a final of their choosing. 

Katie Gonzalez, Loryn Green, Daniel Heron, Wesley Holmes, Angela Isbell, Kelsey Parrish, Jacob Phillips, Aaron Scott and Ryan Tucker participated in the exhibition.

Upon completion of the course, students were expected to have a greater appreciation of what can be accomplished through the use of easily obtained objects and an expanded vocabulary and understanding of contemporary art, Holloway says.

UAB Design Student Hannah Rettig Selected for Woodlawn Foundation Bus Design

News: A design by University of Alabama at Birmingham student Hannah Rettig will adorn a refurbished school bus, essentially a mobile classroom, that will travel Woodlawn neighborhoods providing information and services to parents and children in an effort to help increase student success in school.

The bus and its services will be unveiled along with Woodlawn Innovation Network at Woodlawn Foundation’s community fair Sunday, June 1, from 3-6 p.m., with the special presentation at 4 p.m., in the Social Venture Parking Lot, 5529 First Ave. South. Free food, games and prizes will be provided to participants. The Woodlawn Innovation Network is the new STEAM curriculum — science, technology, engineering, art + design, and math — within the Woodlawn system of schools.

Kyana White of the Woodlawn Foundation approached UAB Assistant Professor of Art Doug Barrett for designs, and he assigned it as a project within the semester schedule. Eighteen of his Department of Art and Art History ARS 250 Introduction to Graphic Design students participated and submitted 15 designs. Barrett says he loves these sorts of projects, which are community- and service-based.

“While it seems really complex, it was actually a great project for beginning students,” Barrett said. “They had no preconceptions of what they could or could not do, so the sky was the limit. It also was a great project to think in 3-D. Since the bus is a complex object, they had to think about it in those terms.”

White met with the students and talked about the foundation’s mission, what the bus will do and who the audience is. The students then worked for three weeks on designs and presented the designs back to members of the Woodlawn Foundation. That also served as an excellent way for students to practice presentation skills and work with a client, Barrett says. The work of first-year graphic design student Hannah Rettig was chosen.

The students worked in Adobe Illustrator because vector graphics are scalable and can be made giant, Barrett says. Rettig’s file was sent to a specialty printer who printed the design on large sheets to wrap on the bus. The graphics that fit over the windows are transparent from the inside.

Barrett was an inaugural faculty fellow in Service Learning at UAB last year. The interdisciplinary team of faculty members worked for a year on theories, implementation and assessment of academic service learning and how to integrate it into courses across disciplines.

“This type of project gets students to give back to the community and to understand that they can make a difference,” Barrett said. “The added fact that Hannah gets to see her work become real and take its place in the world is very exciting for a young designer.”

UAB Service Learning likes to highlight projects such as this, says Libba Vaughan, coordinator of Academic Engagement and Global Citizenship in Service Learning.

“This is the best kind of community engagement project — students collaborating with a community partner on a project that not only addresses a need defined by the partner, but enhances student learning as well,” Vaughan said. “Doug Barrett does a great job of connecting what he needs to teach in ARS 250 with a real-world, hands-on project. Kyana White and the Woodlawn Foundation were terrific community partners because Kyana served a valuable and vital role as a community instructor to Doug’s students.”

White says the Woodlawn Foundation is working to create a seamless education pipeline that ensures students will graduate from high school with an intentional path forward to college or a career. The bus is the group’s Mobile Parent Resource Center, one of several projects within that pipeline.

“Beginning in August, the repurposed school bus will travel neighborhoods surrounding Woodlawn community schools to provide information and services to our children’s primary educators, their parents,” White said. “Resources will include workshops and activities designed especially for parents, such as financial management classes and parenting workshops, as well as services for their children including early childhood screenings, immunizations, and more. The bus features six computer workstations, a projector and screen, and Wi-Fi. It is essentially a mobile classroom.”

by Shannon Thomason