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2016 Statewide Student Juried Art Show

The Shelby County Arts Council, in partnership with the University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Art and Art History and the Alabama State Council on the Arts, presents the 2016 Statewide Student Juried Art Show. Juried by UAB DAAH Chair Lauren Lake, the exhibition will feature cash awards and provides a great opportunity for student work to be seen by college and university faculty during the Shelby County Arts Council College Preview Day. 

Venue - Shelby County Arts Council // 104 Mildred St. Columbiana, AL 35051

JUROR: LAUREN LAKE

Lauren Lake is Chair of the UAB Department of Art & Art History. She received her MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her BA in Art Education at the University of Florida. Lake was the recipient of the 2007 Southeastern College Art Conference Excellence in Teaching Award, the 2008 University of Florida College of Fine Arts International Educator Award and the 2009 College of Fine Arts Teaching Award.

CALENDAR

Deadline for Entries: Midnight, February 28, 2016
Download Entry Form

Notification (e-mail sent to all entries): March 8

Delivery of Work: by mail or in person to the SCAC, on/before April 4 Ship (UPS preferred) to: SCAC 104 Mildred St. Columbiana, AL35051

Exhibition Dates: April 10–23, Mon–Thurs 10–5pm or by appt. Reception & College Preview Day: Sunday, April 10, 2-4pm

Pick-up of Work: April 25–May 5 at SCAC, during gallery hours. SCAC will gladly ship back artwork to the host school (one time/one box per school) C.O.D. unless the cost is under $20, in which case SCAC will cover the expense.

ELIGIBILITY

Open to all Alabama high school students in grades 10-12 for the 2015-16 academic year. 

Categories for submission:

Painting (Oil, Acrylic and Watercolor), Drawing, Photography, 3D Design and Mixed Media

College Preview Day and Gallery Opening:

Sunday, April 10, 2016, 2-4PM, Shelby County Arts Council 104 Mildred St. Columbiana. AL 35051

For More Information Visit:

shelbycountyartscouncil.com

Lisa Iglesias // Lecture

FirstInventor Lisa Iglesias: "first inventor," 2015, Lithograph with chine colle, spray paint and graphite drawn element on paper, Produced at the University of Florida with printmaker Adreena cook, 30 x 22 inchesArtist Lisa Iglesias will lecture on her interdisciplinary and collaborative practice at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Presented by the College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Art and Art History, the visiting artist’s lecture will take place in the Hess Lecture Hall of the CAS Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts, 1221 10th Ave. South. For more information, contact DAAH Outreach Coordinator Jared Ragland at raglandj@uab.edu.

In her artist talk, Iglesias will discuss her collaborations with her twin sister, Janelle Iglesias, as well as her individual practice grounded in drawing.  Her visit to UAB is in conjunction with an exhibition of works at The Fuel and Lumber Company’s Tuscaloosa Project Space. The Fuel and Lumber Company is a curatorial initiative founded in the summer of 2013 by artist Amy Pleasant and Pete Schulte, Assistant Professor of Art at the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa.  In addition to her lecture, Iglesias will visit the UAB Department of Art and Art History Bachelor of Fine Arts studios for one-on-one critiques with graduating seniors.  

Lisa and her sister Janelle were recently featured by Bric TV’s “Brooklyn Is Masquerading As The World” Episode 6, viewable online <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iNw1WyyCwXc>. “We indulge in cheekiness and fun and play; and play as a really productive site for creativity,” says Janelle.  Our work “is very much about fusion, very much about a lot of absurdity,” Lisa says. “So we’ll do sibling rivalry projects, or we’ll do work that comments on mashing up Norwegian and Dominican traditions and tropes.”

Iglesias studioLisa Iglesias in her studio, courtesy of the artistIglesias is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Florida and lives between Gainesville and New York City. She was born and raised in Queens, received her BA from Binghamton University in 2001 and attended the University of Florida for an MFA in 2006.  She has held residencies at the Santa Fe Art Institute, the Blue Mountain Center, Cité Internationale des Arts (Paris) through LMCC, 6_a Inc (Tasmania), the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, among others.  In 2009, she was awarded a Vermont Studio Center Fellowship supported by the Pollock-Krasner Foundation and has exhibited nationally and internationally at various spaces including El Museo del Barrio, the Queens Museum of Art and the Jersey City Museum.  A recipient of a 2009 NYFA Fellowship in Printmaking/Drawing/Book Arts and the 2009/2010 Urban Artists Initiative Grant/New York City, she works both individually as well as collaboratively with her sister, Janelle under the name Las Hermanas Iglesias and Lisa and Janelle Iglesias. For more information about Lisa’s individual and collaborative work, visit www.LasHermanasIglesias.com.

The March Quilts // Community Project

The March Quilts project is back in 2016 with a new human rights theme, focusing on gender pay equity.

Quilt logoThis year, the University of Alabama at Birmingham College of Arts and SciencesDepartment of Art and Art History and ArtPlay, the Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center’s home for art education, will partner once again with project founders Bib & Tucker Sew-Op along with community members from across the city. DAAH student Lisa Nguyen of Birmingham designed this year’s March Quilts logo.

A series of community sewing days, some with special guests, are scheduled through the winter and spring, starting with a sewing day from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 22, at UAB’s ArtPlay, 1006 19th St. South. The sewing session will include UAB Arts in Medicine storyteller Elizabeth Vander Kamp and her presentation “Earth, Sea & Sky: Designing Women of the Past” at 6:30 p.m.

The project began in 2015 when Bib & Tucker Sew-Op partnered with the Department of Art and Art History and the Birmingham Museum of Art. Their goal was to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery marches through open sewing sessions that ultimately yielded 461 quilt blocks created by the community. Sew-Op members stitched the blocks together and made three quilts, which hung at the Selma Public Library and the Alabama Department of Archives in Montgomery during the anniversary.

quilts sewing credit

Due to the strong response to the project, collaborators agreed that it should become an annual project. Each year, a relevant civil or human rights theme will be chosen, and Bib & Tucker members will facilitate open sewing sessions and discussion surrounding the topic. Community members will have a chance to create a block that expresses a personal experience with the theme. Bib & Tucker members will stitch the blocks into one magnificent quilt that will be exhibited in March in tandem with a relevant anniversary or day of recognition. This quilt, once completed, will hang in the American Gallery at the Birmingham Museum of Art at the end of 2016.

This year, project collaborators chose pay equity as the second annual March Quilts theme, says Bib & Tucker director Lillis Taylor. Simply put, women today are paid less than men. On average, a Caucasian woman makes approximately 78 cents for every dollar paid to her male counterpart. The gap is even worse for women of color: African-American women earn approximately 64 cents and Latina women earn only 55 cents for each dollar earned by Caucasian males. Despite President John Kennedy’s Equal Pay Act of 1963 and President Barack Obama’s Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009, equality in the U.S. workforce continues to be unattainable. Because this issue remains contentious, project collaborators want to create dialogue among community members in the hope of shedding light on other aspects of the fight for equality, such as the Equal Rights Amendment.

 

Community sewing sessions schedule:

  • Friday, Jan. 22: 5:30-8:30 p.m. at ArtPlay, 1006 19th St. South. At 6:30 p.m. the sewing session will include “Earth, Sea & Sky: Designing Women of the Past” by UAB Arts in Medicine storyteller Elizabeth Vander Kamp.
  • Friday, Jan. 29: 12:30-4:30 p.m. with the UAB Department of Art and Art History at UAB’s Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts, 1221 10th Ave. South.
  • Monday, Feb. 1: 5:30-9 p.m. at Desert Island Supply Co., 5500 First Ave. North. At 6:30 p.m. the sewing session will feature a book reading and signing with Lanier Scott Isom, from her book “Lilly Ledbetter, Grace & Grit.”
  • Saturday, Feb. 6: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Bib & Tucker Sew-Op, 4915B Fifth Ave. South.
  • Saturday, Feb. 27: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. with the UAB Department of Art and Art History at UAB’s Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts.

For more information and a full schedule of open sewing sessions, visit www.bibandtuckersewop.org/the-march-quilts.html.

Ty Smith: Forty-Nine Drawings // Exhibition

ty smith drawingImage: Ty Smith, Summer Drawing #6, 2015; graphite on paperAn exhibition of graphite works by Ty Smith will be featured the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Project Space from Jan. 18-31, with a free opening reception from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19.

The College of Arts and SciencesDepartment of Art and Art History, where Smith is an adjunct professor, presents the exhibition.

“Ty Smith: Forty-Nine Drawings” surveys nearly all of the drawings the artist has made in the past year and a half since moving to Birmingham from Auburn, Alabama. Through these small-scale graphite works, Smith focuses on the relationship between action and thought, and the ways in which active thought and thoughtful action play important roles in his image-making process. Each work in the exhibition is drawn within a linear structure based on a perspective frame. The linear division provides Smith with a “visual web” within which to make changes and additions, and allows him freedom to follow intuition and experimentation through the series.

The timing of the creation of these drawings also coincides with the recent birth of Smith’s son. Through their small size and in the artist’s tender mark-making, Smith relates the works to the experience he had in holding his baby boy. “Forty-Nine Drawings” demands an intimate exchange, expressing both a sensitive and an expansive experience and providing opportunity – for both the artist and the viewer – to consider poetic relationships between routine and uncertainty, tension and light.

Smith is a native of Montgomery. He graduated from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa in 2001 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. While working on his undergraduate degree, Smith studied with Professor Alvin C. Sella. In 2006, Smith moved to Oklahoma, where he received a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Tulsa in 2009. In Tulsa, he studied with painter Mark Lewis, as well as artists Deborah Kahn and Stanley Lewis, during a summer program at the Chautauqua School of Art.

Project Space, located on the ground floor of the UAB Humanities Building at 900 13th St. South, is an adaptive gallery space that provides an alternative platform for UAB students, faculty and community to engage teaching, research, public service and visual art practices.

Project Space is open from noon-2 p.m. on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, or by appointment. For questions, to schedule use of Project Space or to arrange a visit, contact Project Space director Jared Ragland at Raglandj@uab.edu.

MOLTEN // Exhibition

Molten posterA one-night-only student art showcase, “MOLTEN” will be on exhibition from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12, presented by the University of Alabama at Birmingham  College of Arts and SciencesDepartment of Art and Art History.

The showcase is in the UAB DAAH Project Space, located on the ground floor of the Humanities Building, 900 13th St. South.

Works in the showcase feature sculptural and installation-based artwork from ARS321/521: Metal Fabrication & Casting class. The advanced-level studio course is a revival of metal casting at UAB, and the showcase will include student projects as well as multimedia presentations highlighting the communal aspects that develop during the metal casting process. 

Assistant Professor Stacey Holloway teaches the class. Participating students are Jennifer Allen of Gadsden, Saramia Arenas of Auburn, Jake Estes of Vestavia Hills, Tasha Henman of Madison, Hannah Hensley of Pinehurst, NC,  Melody Hollenbeck of Wetumpka, Kristin Martin of Leeds, Meredith Martin of Pinson, Jacob Phillips of Dothan, and Katelyn Ledford, Bryce Martinez, Ricardo Muñoz and Caelum Soverow of Birmingham. 

Project Space is an adaptive space that provides an alternative platform for UAB students, faculty and community to engage teaching, research, public service and visual art practices. For more information, contact Project Space director Jared Ragland at raglandj@uab.edu.

Molten

2015 Year in Pictures

2015 DAAH year in pictures web

2015 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. 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

High resolution versions of each image are available for download via the DAAH Flickr page.


2D Design students participate in a bookmaking workshop.
2D Design students participate in a bookmaking workshop led by Assistant Professor Doug Baulos with Associate Professor of Creative Writing Kerry Madden-Lunsford's Writing for Young People class, March 10, 2015 in the DAAH studios. Photo by Jared Ragland


Assistant Professor Doug Baulos leads a bookmaking workshop.
Assistant Professor Doug Baulos leads a bookmaking workshop with students from his 2D Design course and Associate Professor of Creative Writing Kerry Madden-Lunsford's Writing for Young People course, March 10, 2015 in the DAAH studios. Photo by Jared Ragland


A participant sews a quilt block during a Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service / The March Quilts Community Sewing Day.
A participant sews a quilt block during a Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service / The March Quilts Community Sewing Day at the UAB Department of Art and Art History's New Media Studio at the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts, January 19, 2015. Co-coordinated between the UAB DAAH and Lillis Taylor of the Bib & Tucker Sew-Op, The March Quilts invited the community to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery marches and passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 through public quilt sewing sessions. Photo by Jared Ragland


Medium: The Art Club hosts a community sewing day for The March Quilts project.
Medium: The Art Club at UAB hosts a community sewing day for The March Quilts project, February 4, 2015 in the UAB Department of Art and Art History's Simmie Kayser New Media Studio at the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts. More than 450 quilt blocks were created by UAB students and participants across Alabama to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery marches and passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Members of Birmingham's Bib & Tucker Sew-Op stitched the blocks together, making three quilts which were shown at the Birmingham Museum of Art and the Alabama Department of Archives in Montgomery. Photo by Jared Ragland


UAB Studio Art major Katie Walden, costumed as Edie Sedgwick (one of Andy Warhol's superstars), reads with Art History major Michael Forrester from Gerard Malanga's Andy Warhol on Automation: An Interview during the Andy Warhol Interviews: A Reading.
UAB Studio Art major Katie Walden, costumed as Edie Sedgwick (one of Andy Warhol's "superstars"), reads with Art History major Michael Forrester from Gerard Malanga's "Andy Warhol on Automation: An Interview" during the Andy Warhol Interviews: A Reading, inside the Warhol: Fabricated exhibition at the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts, February 23, 2015. Photo by Jared Ragland


In January, professors Doug Baulos, left in cap, and Doug Barrett, right, led students Hannah Rettig and Anna Zoladz in participating in the 2015 a2ru Emerging Creatives Summit, PULSE: Creative Collaborations for Cities in Flux, at Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts.
In January, professors Doug Baulos, left in cap, and Doug Barrett, right, led students Hannah Rettig and Anna Zoladz in participating in the 2015 a2ru Emerging Creatives Summit, PULSE: Creative Collaborations for Cities in Flux, at Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts. The summit brought together over 100 undergraduate and graduate students from across the country to explore creative trans-disciplinary collaboration as a means to develop innovative project ideas that have the potential to alter urban life in the coming decades. Photo composite courtesy of Virginia Commonwealth University


Birmingham Museum of Art Modern and Contemporary Curator Wassan Al-Khudhairi shares a Sally Mann photograph with students from Adjunct Professor Jared Ragland's Special Topics: Photography in the South class during a visit to the Birmingham Museum of Art library, March 4, 2015.
Birmingham Museum of Art Modern and Contemporary Curator Wassan Al-Khudhairi shares Sally Mann's Arundo Donax with students from Adjunct Professor Jared Ragland's Special Topics: Photography in the South class during a visit to the Birmingham Museum of Art library, March 4, 2015. Through the spring 2015 semester the class worked with Al-Khudhairi and BMA Librarian Lindsey Reynolds to curate an exhibition of photographs on and about the south titled, Inherited Scars: A Meditation on the Southern Gothic. Photo by Jared Ragland


UAB Visiting Artist Michael Velliquette leads a mixed media and experimental drawing workshop titled, A Soft Spot in the Crown of the Skull, with students from 2D Design, Intermediate Sculpture and Intro to Drawing courses in the UAB graphic design studios at Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts, March 12, 2015.
UAB Visiting Artist Michael Velliquette leads A Soft Spot in the Crown of the Skull, a mixed media and experimental drawing workshop, with students from 2D Design, Intermediate Sculpture and Intro to Drawing courses in the UAB graphic design studios at Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts, March 12, 2015. Velliquette, who served as the juror for the 39th annual Juried Student Exhibition, led students in a range of Surrealist-based drawing techniques, through which participants were encouraged to consider ways of entering creative activity through instinct, intuition and experimentation. Photo by Devin Lunsford


Students participate in a mixed media and experimental drawing workshop with UAB Visiting Artist Michael Velliquette titled, A Soft Spot in the Crown of the Skull, in the UAB graphic design studios at Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts, March 12, 2015.
Students participate in A Soft Spot in the Crown of the Skull, a mixed media and experimental drawing workshop with UAB Visiting Artist Michael Velliquette, in the UAB graphic design studios at Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts, March 12, 2015. Photo by Devin Lunsford


Associate Professor Derek Cracco gives a lithograph printing demo April 2, 2015 in the UAB DAAH Printmaking Studio. Major renovations to the printmaking facilities were completed during 2015, including increased square footage, a new HVAC/ventilation system, and the addition of new printmaking presses.
Associate Professor Derek Cracco gives a lithograph printing demo April 2, 2015 in the UAB DAAH Printmaking Studio. Major renovations to the printmaking facilities were completed during 2015, including increased square footage, a new HVAC/ventilation system, and the addition of new printmaking presses. Photo by Jared Ragland


The 39th annual Juried Student Exhibition, curated by UAB visiting artist Michael Velliquette, featured more that 50 works by 49 student artists, at the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts.
The 39th annual Juried Student Exhibition, curated by UAB visiting artist Michael Velliquette, featured more than 50 works by 49 student artists, at the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts. Photo by Jared Ragland


Video works by students from Assistant Professor of New Media Elisabeth Pellathy’s Time Based Media and Animation classes are projected onto the windows of the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts, April 16, 2015.
Video works by students from Assistant Professor of New Media Elisabeth Pellathy’s Time Based Media and Animation classes are projected onto the windows of the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts, April 16, 2015. Photo by Jared Ragland


Associate Professor of Art History Dr. Jessica Dallow, center, is recognized during the UAB Faculty Fellows in Engaged Scholarship Year-End Symposium, April 29, 2015 at the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts.
Associate Professor of Art History Dr. Jessica Dallow, center, is recognized during the UAB Faculty Fellows in Engaged Scholarship Year-End Symposium, April 29, 2015 at the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts. During the 2014 academic year, a select group of 11 faculty learned best practices of community engaged scholarship and integrated community-based projects into ongoing course curriculum. Dr. Dallow will introduce an engaged-learning course in which students will develop material for an archive of interviews with Birmingham artists and arts professionals. The long-term goal is to build a publicly accessible archive that provides information (through first-hand accounts) of the history of the arts in Birmingham. In considering the history, value, and management of the archive, students will assess and develop a series of interviews and consider how archives can be used for artistic creation, research, storytelling, and political activism. Photo by Jared Ragland


Members of Medium: The Art Club at UAB made a weekend trip to New Orleans in January and Instagrammed each aspect of the trip, as seen in this composite image.
Members of Medium: The Art Club at UAB made a weekend trip to New Orleans in January and Instagrammed each aspect of the trip, as seen in this composite image. Led by art club faculty advisor Jared Ragland and Professor Gary Chapman, the students took in the Prospect 3 biennial, with visits to the Contemporary Arts Center, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Newcomb Gallery, Press Street/Antenna, and Good Children.


UAB students and co-presidents of Medium: The UAB Art Club Katelyn Ledford and Jacob Phillips attend the Bell Center graduation ceremonies for the unveiling of the 2015 Legacy Piece, May 17, 2015 at Canterbury Methodist Church in Birmingham.
UAB students and co-presidents of Medium: The UAB Art Club Jacob Phillips and Katelyn Ledford attend the Bell Center graduation ceremonies for the unveiling of the 2015 Legacy Piece, May 17, 2015 at Canterbury Methodist Church in Birmingham. Since 1984, The Bell Center has provided quality early intervention services for infants and toddlers at risk for developmental delay. Each year, the center invites an artist or group of artists to collaborate with the center’s students and create a work of art that commemorates the graduating class. Seven students from the DAAH and Medium: The Art Club at UAB planned and implemented the 2015 legacy project, drawing silhouette portraits of each child and inviting them to fill the silhouettes with paints, markers and crayons. The portraits were then digitally scanned, composited, printed onto canvas and presented to the Bell Center. Photo by Jared Ragland


DAAH alumna Alejandra Garbutt ('14), center, leads students from the Bare Hands Art Club in a mandala drawing workshop during their visit to the DAAH studios, June 16, 2015.
DAAH alumna Alejandra Garbutt ('14), center, leads students from the Bare Hands Art Club in a mandala drawing workshop during their visit to the DAAH studios, June 16, 2015. Students in the club are from the YWCA of Central Alabama summer program, which serves youth and provides experiences that focus on identity, discovery, and repurposing, while reinforcing the YW mission: “Empowering women. Eliminating racism." In addition to mandala drawing, the club toured the department and participated in workshops led by DAAH faculty, students and alumni in graphic design, sculpture, ceramics, and painting. Photo by Jared Ragland


UAB Department of Art and Art History Chair Lauren Lake leads high school students in drawing and sketchbook exercises during the Ada Long Creative Writing Workshop, June 1 at the UAB Honors House.
UAB Department of Art and Art History Chair Lauren Lake leads high school students in drawing and sketchbook exercises during the Ada Long Creative Writing Workshop, June 1 at the UAB Honors House. The Ada Long Creative Writing Workshop is a 3-week workshop that offers high school students an opportunity to learn from published authors and artists. The Workshop is sponsored by the UAB English Department in collaboration with the UAB Honors Program. Photo by Jared Ragland


Assistant Professor of Sculpture Stacey Holloway and UAB School of Engineering Senior Associate Dean Dr. Timothy Wick have a discussion during a UAB Student Project Lab meeting in Professor Holloway’s faculty studio at the 2300 Building, June 26, 2015.
Assistant Professor of Sculpture Stacey Holloway and UAB School of Engineering Senior Associate Dean Dr. Timothy Wick have a discussion during a UAB Student Project Lab meeting in Professor Holloway’s faculty studio at the 2300 Building, June 26, 2015. Student Project Lab is an experiential, team based learning environment where students work in trans-disciplinary teams (engineering, business, arts) to develop and deliver functional devices based on client needs. Devices range from those that enhance training of healthcare professionals to improving access, mobility or rehabilitation of persons with disabilities. Through 2015, four DAAH students - Katelyn Ledford, Meredith Martin, Bryce Martinez, and Lisa Nguyen - along with DAAH Chair Lauren Lake, Assistant Professor Doug Barrett, Assistant Professor Stacey Holloway, and Adjunct Professor Jared Ragland have participated in the program. Photo by Jared Ragland


UAB DAAH student Keiah Flowers, second from left, is joined by UAB students for the Stand In Unity! candlelight vigil, June 25, 2015 in the John S. (Jay) Jemison III Art Plaza at the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts.
UAB DAAH student Keiah Flowers, second from left, is joined by UAB students for the Stand In Unity! candlelight vigil, June 25, 2015 in the John S. (Jay) Jemison III Art Plaza at the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts. Nine students lit candles for each of the nine victims of the June 17 shooting at Emmanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, S.C. Remarks were made by Rev. Mashod Evans, Pastor, St. John A.M.E. Church and Dr. Kathryn Morgan, Director, UAB African American Studies Program, with special music by Dr. Paul Mosteller, UAB Associate Professor of Voice. Photo by Jared Ragland


3D Studio Technician Heather Spencer Holmes and DAAH student Corey Bright work in the DAAH sculpture yard, July 31, 2015.
3D Studio Technician Heather Spencer Holmes and DAAH student Corey Bright work in the DAAH sculpture yard, July 31, 2015. In spring 2015 the DAAH completed construction of an enclosed sculpture yard which doubled the square footage of the sculpture studio area and included a covered work area and hot/cold metal casting and fabrication facilities.


Students from Assistant Professor of Sculpture Stacey Holloway's Interlude: Space and Body summer course share shadow puppet theater projects, July 23, 2015 in the UAB DAAH Sculpture Studio.
Students from Assistant Professor of Sculpture Stacey Holloway's Interlude: Space and Body summer course share shadow puppet theater projects, July 23, 2015 in the UAB DAAH Sculpture Studio. Photo by Jared Ragland


In the summer of 2015 the DAAH opened a new experimental exhibition venue, Project Space.
In the summer of 2015 the DAAH opened a new experimental exhibition venue, Project Space. An adaptive space that cultivates and supports meaningful creative investigation, interdisciplinary collaboration, innovation and entrepreneurship, Project Space provides an alternative platform for DAAH students, faculty and community to engage teaching, research, public service, and visual art practices. Since summer 2015, the DAAH has presented exhibitions co-sponsored by The Fuel and Lumber Company, Design Week Birmingham, and Medium: The Art Club at UAB, and featured three student showcases. Photo by Jared Ragland


In July Professor of Art History Heather McPherson published her essay Tragic Pallor and Siddons in a special edition of the quarterly journal Eighteenth-Century Studies, the flagship journal of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies.
In July Professor of Art History Heather McPherson published her essay “Tragic Pallor and Siddons” in a special edition of the quarterly journal "Eighteenth-Century Studies," the flagship journal of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies. Professor McPherson’s essay - which considers the trope of pallor in its traditional associations and evolving signification as an emblem of Tragedy and aristocratic distinction in Georgian England - appears alongside leading scholars in the field and is based on a chapter from her forthcoming book, "Art and Celebrity in the Age of Reynolds and Siddons," to be published by Penn State Press.


Associate Professor Doug Barrett's leads his ARS 250 Experiential Graphic Design course in a class assignment to reimagine the Birmingham city flag, August 26, 2015.
Associate Professor Doug Barrett's leads his ARS 250 Experiential Graphic Design course in a class assignment to reimagine the Birmingham city flag, August 26, 2015. The assignment was drawn from The Birmingham Flag Project, an open competition aligned with Design Week Birmingham. Photo by Jared Ragland


Art Graham of M. Graham Artist Colors discusses the quality and composition of his artists’ color with Adjunct Professor Lanette Parker's Observational Painting students, September 17, 2015 in the UAB DAAH Painting Studio.
Art Graham of M. Graham Artist Colors discusses the quality and composition of his artists’ color with Adjunct Professor Lanette Parker's Observational Painting students, September 17, 2015 in the UAB DAAH Painting Studio. In addition to his studio visit Graham presented a lecture as part of the DAAH's Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Lecture Series. The series, co-sponsored by Forstall Art Supply in celebration of their 25th anniversary, also featured Mark Golden of Golden Artist Colors. Photo by Jared Ragland


Students from UAB Adjunct Professor Natalie Harrison's Drawing Foundations course visit Hither & Yon, October 1, 2015 in the DAAH's Project Space.
Students from UAB Adjunct Professor Natalie Harrison's Drawing Foundations course visit Hither & Yon, October 1, 2015 in the DAAH's Project Space. The exhibition was mounted in two parts in collaboration with The Fuel and Lumber Company and featured artists Craig Drennan, Jane Fox Hipple, Astri Snodgrass and Jered Sprecher. Photo by Jared Ragland


UAB DAAH Chair Lauren Lake and Pete Schulte, Professor of Drawing, University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa and co-founder of The Fuel & Lumber Company, lead an artist panel for the two-part exhibition Hither & Yon, September 12, 2015 in the DAAH's Project Space.
UAB DAAH Chair Lauren Lake, left, and Pete Schulte, Professor of Drawing, University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa and co-founder of The Fuel & Lumber Company, right, lead an artist panel for the two-part exhibition Hither & Yon, September 12, 2015 in the DAAH's Project Space. The panel featured artists Jane Fox Hipple, Astri Snodgrass and Jered Sprecher, whose works, along with those of artist Craig Drennen, are featured in the accompanying exhibition. Photo by Jared Ragland


Assistant Professor Stacey Holloway, left, leads her Metal Fabrication and Casting class in an aluminum pour in the DAAH sculpture yard, October 6, 2015.
Assistant Professor Stacey Holloway, left, leads her Metal Fabrication and Casting class in an aluminum pour in the DAAH sculpture yard, October 6, 2015. Photo by Jared Ragland


UAB DAAH alumnus Forrest Millsap works the furnace during a Metal Fabrication and Casting class aluminum pour in the DAAH sculpture yard, October 6, 2015.
UAB DAAH alumnus Forrest Millsap works the furnace during a Metal Fabrication and Casting class aluminum pour in the DAAH sculpture yard, October 6, 2015. Photo by Jared Ragland


DAAH students Kristin Martin, left, and Melody Hollenbeck, right, during the Metal Fabrication and Casting aluminum pour in the DAAH sculpture yard, October 6, 2015.
DAAH students Kristin Martin, left, and Melody Hollenbeck, right, during the Metal Fabrication and Casting class aluminum pour in the DAAH sculpture yard, October 6, 2015. Photo by Jared Ragland


The DAAH store, styled by Assistant Professor Doug Barrett, at PLATFORM1 included limited edition screenprint posters, artist monoprints, handmade books, journals, totes, and t-shirts made by DAAH faculty and students.
The DAAH store, styled by Assistant Professor Doug Barrett, at PLATFORM1 included limited edition screenprint posters, artist monoprints, handmade books, journals, totes, and t-shirts made by DAAH faculty and students. The goods are available for purchase online via the DAAH website, and all proceeds benefit student scholarships. Photo by Jared Ragland


On October 17 the DAAH and Friends of the Department of Art and Art History hosted PLATFORM1, a visual arts benefit featuring student and alumni exhibitions, hands-on demonstrations, a silent auction and The March Quilts kick-off with visiting artist Amanda Browder, at the 2300 Studios.
On October 17 the DAAH and Friends of the Department of Art and Art History hosted PLATFORM1, a visual arts benefit featuring student and alumni exhibitions, hands-on demonstrations, a silent auction and The March Quilts kick-off with visiting artist Amanda Browder, at the 2300 Studios. Through P1 and generous giving by the community and Friends of the DAAH, more than $4,000 was raised for student scholarships during the one-night event. Photo by Jared Ragland


Students from Medium: The Art Club at UAB sell monoprints and give bookbinding demonstrations during PLATFORM1, October 17, 2015 at the 2300 Studios.
Students from Medium: The Art Club at UAB sell monoprints and give bookbinding demonstrations during PLATFORM1, October 17, 2015 at the 2300 Studios.


Assistant Professor Elisabeth Pellathy discusses her piece, Bald Eagle Bird Song Mesh Visualization, with art collector Paul Barrett during PLATFORM1, October 17, 2015.
Assistant Professor Elisabeth Pellathy discusses her piece, Bald Eagle Bird Song Mesh Visualization, with art collector Paul Barrett during PLATFORM1, October 17, 2015.


UAB alumni John Woolley, left, and Chiharu Takahashi Roach, second left, are joined by Assistant Professor Doug Baulos, center, and artist Pinky Bass, right, in performing The Blackest Crow in their Appalachian Crankie installation, October 10 at the REVIVE Birmingham Eastlake Artist Village, located inside the College Theatre, Birmingham, Ala.
UAB alumni Jon Skyler Woolley, left, and Chiharu Takahashi Roach, second left, are joined by Assistant Professor Doug Baulos, center, and artist Pinky Bass, right, in performing "The Blackest Crow" in their Appalachian Crankie installation, October 10 at the REVIVE Birmingham Eastlake Artist Village, located inside the College Theatre, Birmingham, Ala. Photo by Jared Ragland


Associate Professor Cathleen Cummings presents a lecture on Hindu temple architecture during GlobalFest, October 20, 2015 at UAB's Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center.
Associate Professor Cathleen Cummings presents a lecture on Hindu temple architecture during GlobalFest, October 20, 2015 at UAB's Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center. For a week during October, GlobalFest presented a series of free, hour-long lunchtime celebrations of international art and culture. Photo by Jared Ragland


UAB Department of Art and Art History visiting artist Spencer Nugent leads an industrial design sketching workshop with students from UAB, Auburn University’s School of Industrial & Graphic Design, and the University of Montevallo, October 23, 2015 at the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts.
UAB Department of Art and Art History visiting artist Spencer Nugent leads an industrial design sketching workshop with students from UAB, Auburn University’s School of Industrial & Graphic Design, and the University of Montevallo, October 23, 2015 at the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts. Students from Woodlawn and Hueytown high schools also joined in the workshop which focused on visual communication, ideation, and drawing techniques. Nugent, founder of www.IDSKETCHING.COM and www.Sketch-A-Day.com, has worked with brands such as Microsoft, Intel, Hewlett Packard, Adidas, Hasbro, Dell, Tupperware and Motorola, and was a featured presenter during Design Week Birmingham’s week-long, citywide programming that included lectures, exhibitions, workshops, and social gatherings committed to a common theme: “design matters.” Photo by Jared Ragland


Visitors view works in the People on Paper student showcase, October 27 in Project Space.
Visitors view works in the People on Paper student showcase, October 27, 2015 in Project Space. Featuring works made by students enrolled in Adjunct Professor Lanette Parker's 2015 fall Figure Drawing class, the showcase explored the undraped human figure and the multiple drawing techniques applied through the course of study. Photo by Jared Ragland


UAB alumna Merrilee Challiss shares her work during the Creative Professionalism Roundtable, November 2 in the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts Hess Family Lecture Hall.
UAB alumna Merrilee Challiss shares her work during the Creative Professionalism Roundtable, November 2, 2015 in the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts Hess Family Lecture Hall. Moderated by WBHM News Director Rachel Lindley the roundtable focused on how young creative professionals may balance a creative life within the business world and incorporate their individual artistic voices and visions in professional practice. Featured panelists included Challiss, a visual artist and former owner of the Bottletree Cafe; Elizabeth Hughey, author, co-founder of Desert Island Supply Co. and UAB creative writing professor; and Taylor Robinson, writer/director at Sixfootfive Productions and co-founder of Arc Stories. Photo by Jared Ragland


Documentary photographer Matt Black virtually visits the Stories from the Line: Documenting Poverty class via Skype, November 9, 2015.
Documentary photographer Matt Black virtually visits the Stories from the Line: Documenting Poverty class via Skype, November 9, 2015. Black shared his work and provided advice to the class, taught by Director of Media Studies Michele Forman and Adjunct Professor Jared Ragland. For more than 20 years the Magnum photographer and 2015 W. Eugene Smith prize winner has photographed poverty and labor-related issues, with major stories focused around his home in California’s Central Valley. Photo by Jared Ragland


DAAH students Dan Nagorneac, left, and David Roberts, right, assist with the production of an intaglio print by UAB visiting artist Travis Somerville in the DAAH printmaking studios, November 6, 2015.
DAAH students Dan Nagorneac, left, and David Roberts, right, assist with the production of an intaglio print by UAB visiting artist Travis Somerville in the DAAH printmaking studios, November 6, 2015. Somerville spent a week in residence with Associate Professor of Printmaking Derek Cracco to learn printmaking methods and create the limited edition print. Photo by Leita Turner


DAAH Chair Lauren Lake works with Birmingham Museum of Art artist-in-residence Bethany Collins in the DAAH printmaking studio.
DAAH Chair Lauren Lake works with Birmingham Museum of Art artist-in-residence Bethany Collins in the DAAH printmaking studio. Collins is the inaugural artist in lobby projects, a new initiative by the Birmingham Museum of Art that commissions site-specific works by established and emerging contemporary artists. With assistance from New Media Professor Elisabeth Pellathy and Professor Lake, Collins produced an edition of embossed works that will be exhibited at the BMA in April 2016. Photo by Jared Ragland


Assistant Professor of Sculpture Stacey Holloway's Metal Casting class participates in an iron pour at Sloss Furnaces, November 22, 2015.
Assistant Professor of Sculpture Stacey Holloway's Metal Casting and Fabrication class participates in an iron pour at Sloss Furnaces, November 22, 2015. Students created molds to be cast in iron and assisted resident artists during the two-day pour at the historic site. Photo by Jared Ragland


The .JPGstudent showcase, Co-Memory and the Motion of Falling Bodies, is seen installed in Project Space, December 4.
The student showcase, Co-Memory and the Motion of Falling Bodies, is seen installed in Project Space, December 4. The showcased featured mixed media, installation, and collaborative works by students from Adjunct Professor Jenny Fine's The Collected Narrative class. Photo by Daniel Senko

2015 Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition

merck 1Katherine Rubens, Everybody’s lonely so we know at least we’re not alone, 2015; mixed media; 70” x 58” Image courtesy the artist. © the artist

Works by three 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 Nov. 30-Dec. 12 at UAB’s 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 Katherine Rubens and Ricard Munoz of Birmingham and Jourdan Cunningham of Sylacauga.

The exhibition is free and open to the public. A free closing reception is planned for 6-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11, 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,” said DAAH Chair Lauren Lake, MFA. “The BFA exhibition is a highlight of the BFA undergraduate career, as it demonstrates and celebrates our students’ accomplishments.”

The fall 2015 BFA exhibition features mixed-media sculpture, animation, photography, printmaking and ceramic works, says AEIVA Curator John Fields.

merck 1Ricardo Munoz, The Crawler, 2014; mixed media sculpture and stop-motion animation; dimensions variable Image courtesy the artist. © the artist

“Each of these young artists has a unique voice with which they explore the evolution of self, life’s inevitable disappointments, personal narratives, and the struggle to contextualize their experiences within larger artistic and cultural dialogues,” 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 at 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.

merck 1Jourdan Cunningham, Detachment, 2015; Silkscreen, 19”x25” Image courtesy the artist. © the artist

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.

Co-Memory and The Motion of Falling Bodies // Showcase

collectednarrative thumbA one-night-only student showcase, “Co-Memory and The Motion of Falling Bodies,” featuring the works of University of Alabama at Birmingham students, is set for 6-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, at Project Space, 900 13th St. South.

To be featured are works from ARS 495/595: The Collected Narrative class, created by UAB College of Arts and SciencesDepartment of Art and Art History students Daniel Senko, Ellie Banks, Erin Croxton, Jacob Phillips, Jourdan Cunningham, Katie Walden, Laura Mitchell, Lauren Harbison, Lucy Allen, Melody Hollenbeck and Mickey Barrett.

Using storytelling as the foundation for this studio seminar, students combined their creative skill sets to create a series of semesterlong collaborative installations. As an early career artist and the professor of this course, DAAH adjunct faculty member Jenny Fine says it was important for her that the content of this course introduced students to the work of being an installation artist.

“It was also important to me that the students be introduced to a variety of models of research/practice,” Fine said. “We began the semester visiting the Birmingham Library Archives. During this field trip, students were introduced to the archives as a source for visual research. We looked at photographs, journals, maps and drawings — all saved and what remain as evidence — of Birmingham’s historical narrative.” 

The class’s next field trip took them on an artist-guided tour of Joe Minter’s African Village in America. Spilling over the hillside at the edge of Birmingham’s historic Elmwood Cemetery, Minter’s African Village in America is the “accumulated voices of all the African souls, buried in Elmwood, as they ascend to heaven,” he said. Among his stacks of collected detritus and hand-painted signs, the African-American struggle is poignantly illustrated through a series of monumental tableaus reminiscent of a city landfill. This day was paramount in beginning students’ understanding and discussion of experiential spaces. The class continued the field trip by gathering grave rubbings, searching for symbols and tropes on death and memory. 

Class discussions then led the group to other forms of experiential environments, in particular, the labyrinth. From the labyrinth to Dylan Trigg’s “The Memory of Place” to the monthly historical podcast “The Memory Palace,” the class began to visualize the content of this exhibition. The showcase is the collaborative visual culmination of these experiences and conversations, Fine says.

Project Space is an adaptive space that will provide an alternative platform for students, faculty and community to engage teaching, research, public service and visual art practices. For more information, contact Project Space director Jared Ragland at raglandj@uab.edu.

Painting at UAB: The Students of Gary Chapman // Exhibition

painting at uabThe Birmingham Public Library will present an exhibition of artworks by students of University of Alabama at Birmingham Professor of Painting Gary Chapman from Nov. 15-Dec. 31.

“Painting at UAB: The Students of Gary Chapman” will be on display in the Fourth Floor Gallery in the East Building of the Central Library, located at 2100 Park Place. A free opening reception is scheduled from 2:30-5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15.

The exhibition will highlight the diverse work created in the UAB College of Arts and SciencesDepartment of Art and Art History painting studio under Chapman’s guidance. 

While Chapman teaches a highly structured, somewhat traditional beginning painting class, he guides each of his students in individually focused research in intermediate and advanced classes. 

“In the painting courses at UAB, students are challenged to research artists, writers and thinkers with unique yet related interests,” Chapman said. “Students are also challenged to think introspectively on the events and persons in their lives that have helped shape who they are and who they are becoming; this ultimately helps the student to develop an authentic, personal aesthetic and conceptual purpose. By exploring and experimenting with the medium, this dynamic group of painters has developed unique vision through paint.”

Participating students are Mia Badham of Birmingham, Annabelle DeCamillis of Hoover, Claire Godbee of Montgomery, Katelyn Ledford of Birmingham, Mary McCann (’12) of Birmingham, UAB DAAH Adjunct Professor Lanette Parker (ʼ11) of Gardendale, Nick Petelos (’11) of Mountain Brook, Hannah Rettig of Helena, Jonathan Riordan (’14) of Irondale and Tahla Tessler of Ensley. 

For more information, visit www.uab.edu/cas/art or contact Chapman at painter@uab.edu.

Seven // Student Showcase

project spaceStudents and faculty in the University of Alabama at Birmingham College of Arts and SciencesDepartment of Art and Art History have a new place to showcase art and support creative investigation, interdisciplinary collaboration, innovation and entrepreneurship.

Project Space is an adaptive space that will provide an alternative platform for students, faculty and community to engage teaching, research, public service and visual art practices. New events have been planned there for fall 2015.

Project Space is in the UAB Humanities Building, 900 13th St. South, on the first floor. It is open during project-specific dates and hours or by appointment. For questions, to schedule use of Project Space or to arrange a visit, contact Project Space director Jared Ragland at Raglandj@uab.edu.

Fall Project Space schedule:

Through Friday, Oct. 9

“Hither and Yon,” co-sponsored by The Fuel and Lumber Company and featuring works by Craig Drennan, Jane Fox Hipple, Astri Snodgrass and Jered Sprecher. Open 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Fridays, and by appointment.

Tuesday, Oct. 27

UAB Student Showcase, featuring works from UAB DAAH Adjunct Professor Lanette Parker’s Figure Drawing course.

Monday, Nov. 9

UAB Student Showcase "Seven," featuring works from UAB DAAH Adjunct Professor Lanette Parker’s Advanced Painting course. Works in this one-night-only showcase explore advanced studies in painting and drawing with an emphasis on in-depth, individually generated projects. Participating students are Brandon Berry, Leigh Ann Barrett-Sousa, Wesley Holmes, Sav Owen, Vincent Rizzo, Sarah Warren and Anna Zoladz.

Tuesday, Nov. 17

Medium: The Art Club at UAB pin-up show, featuring works by members.

Tuesday, Dec. 1

UAB Student Showcase, featuring works from Adjunct Professor Jenny Fine’s The Collected Narrative course.

Wednesday, Dec. 9

Stories from the Line, featuring student documentary film and photography projects from the DAAH Stories from the Line: Documenting Poverty course, taught by Michele Forman, director of UAB Media Studies, and DAAH Adjunct Professor Jared Ragland.

Travis Somerville // Lecture

Renowned artist Travis Somerville will present a lecture Tuesday, Nov. 3, at the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts’ Hess Lecture Hall at 6 p.m.

Somerville will come to UAB for a weeklong residency Nov. 2-6 and will be working in the DAAH Printmaking Studio with Assistant Professor Derek Cracco. Somerville has not worked in the printmaking medium before; but under Cracco’s tutelage, he will experiment with line etching, aquatint and spit bite techniques and will produce a 16-by-20-inch intaglio print.

Somerville has garnered critical attention in numerous publications, including The Washington Post, Art in America, FlashArt and The Los Angeles Times.

Somerville’s irreverent installations, paintings and embellished photographs incorporate

suggestive symbols of the South’s troubled history and images of popular advertising from the more recent past, explore the complexities of racism, and serve as a platform for discussion about U.S. oppression and colonial attitudes abroad.

Somerville’s work has been included in numerous museum exhibitions, including the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and many others.

The lecture is made possible by the Department of Art and Art History and the UAB Jemison Visiting Professorship in the Humanities.

Creative Professionalism Roundtable

creative professionalismA panel of creative professionals will share thoughts on their experiences then discuss how young creatives can best be successful, as part of the Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Lecture Series at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Presented by the UAB College of Arts and SciencesDepartment of Art and Art History, Department of English, and Career and Professional Development, the Creative Professionalism Roundtable will take place at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 2, in the UAB Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts, Hess Family Lecture Hall, 1221 10th Ave. South. The event is free and open to the public. Visit the UAB Department of Art and Art History at www.uab.edu/cas/art.

Featured panelists are Merrilee Challiss, visual artist, former owner of the Bottletree Cafe and UAB alumna; Elizabeth Hughey, author, co-founder of Desert Island Supply Co. and a UAB creative writing professor; and Taylor Robinson, writer/director at Sixfootfive Productions and co-founder of Arc Stories. WBHM News Director Rachel Lindley will moderate the panel.

The panelists will share thoughts on their creative practices and professional experiences, followed by a moderated roundtable discussion. The discussion will focus on how young creative professionals may balance a creative life within the business world and incorporate their individual artistic voices and visions in professional practice.

Challiss grew up and studied studio art in Birmingham, and after graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1994, she bought a one-way ticket to Europe. Challiss lived in Prague for almost two years and co-founded a collective of artists living abroad and put together two art exhibitions. Upon her return to Alabama, she began working at Studio By The Tracks, an organization that provides free art instruction to at-risk youth and adults with autism and schizophrenia. In 1998, she went to the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, where she earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in sculpture. She and a classmate from Germany developed a work-study program that brought Academy students together with underprivileged children to provide to them free art instruction. The program was lauded by the city of Philadelphia. Challiss also worked as an administrative assistant to four working artists. Upon her return to Birmingham in 2002 she again worked at Studio By The Tracks, where she was art director until 2006. She co-founded a craft collective, Collarmoth, whose members showed at Renegade Craft Fairs in Brooklyn and in Chicago. In 2006, she opened BottleTree Café, which brought musicians from all around the country and world to Birmingham until it closed in spring 2015. In 2013, she co-founded the Magic City Mural Collective, a group of artists and designers who aim to elevate the city’s aesthetic presence on the street level. Challiss now works full time as an artist, maintaining a studio in her loft in downtown Birmingham.

Hughey is a co-founder of Desert Island Supply Co., a creative writing program for children in Birmingham. She is the author of two poetry collections: “Sunday Houses the Sunday House” (University of Iowa Press) and “Guest Host” (National Poetry Review Press). She received a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, after earning a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hollins University. She is a recipient of Poetry Fellowships from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. In addition to teaching poetry and writing to kids through DISCO, Hughey teaches creative writing in the UAB Honors College.

A native of West Texas, Robinson has helped myriad organizations see that a great story told well is the most powerful tool they can use to communicate their vision. Robinson has crafted campaigns for many faith-based organizations such as Compassion International, Radical, LifeWay, the United States Olympic Committee and numerous other organizations. Robinson is also the director and host of a thriving live storytelling event called Arc Stories. Whether it is advertising or entertainment, Robinson has honed a deep understanding of how to take the raw, seemingly disparate elements of a great story and craft them into emotionally moving and inspiring narrative works of art.

People on Paper // Exhibition

POPA one-night-only student art showcase, “People on Paper,” will be on exhibition from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27, presented by the University of Alabama at Birmingham College of Arts and SciencesDepartment of Art and Art History.

The showcase is in the UAB DAAH Project Space, located on the ground floor of the Humanities Building, 900 13th St. South.

Students enrolled in the 2015 fall Figure Drawing course have spent the semester researching and creating projects that consider the human figure. Works in the showcase explore the undraped human figure, both male and female, and the multiple drawing techniques applied through the course of study. The showcase will also include conceptual projects that go beyond the typical depiction of a model in the studio by exploring the self along with aspects of the internal body.

Adjunct professor Lanette Parker teaches the class. Participating students are Lucy Allen, Brandon Berry, Ashlee Boren, Annabelle DeCamillis, Tashee Dunsmore, Jonah Grice, Morgan Mahan, Ryan Meriwether, Carsen Newman, Sav Owen, Savannah Setzer, Tahla Tessier, Sarah Warren, Randi Wilson and Anna Zoladz.

Project Space is an adaptive space that will provide an alternative platform for students, faculty and community to engage teaching, research, public service and visual art practices. New events have been planned there for fall 2015.

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

PLATFORM1 // Open Studios

Join the DAAH and the Friends of the Department of Art and Art History for PLATFORM1, a visual arts event featuring student and alumni artists, hands-on demonstrations and a silent auction benefiting student scholarships, Saturday, Oct. 17, 5-8pm at the DAAH 2300 Studios. The 2300 Studios is located at 2300 7th Avenue South, Birmingham.

The event is free and open to the public. Artwork sales are cash or check and carry; 100% of sales will fund student scholarships. 

Support for PLATFORM1 comes from the Friends of the Department of Art and Art History.

“With the help of the Friends of the Department of Art and Art History, UAB students have benefited from a dynamic visiting artists and scholars program, increased scholarships and a variety of service and community engagement initiatives,” Lake said. “PLATFORM1 was designed as an open-house to highlight our student, faculty and alumni work, engage our community and build support for our friends campaign.”

To become a member of the Friends of the Department of Art and Art History, visit http://www.uab.edu/cas/art/give/friends.

Featured at PLATFORM1:
· Book and paper arts exhibition with works by alumni and current students
· Bookbinding demonstrations by members of Medium: The Art Club at UAB
· Demonstration on how to make sustainably-fashioned backpacks from “upcycled” plastic grocery bags
· Projections by New Media and Animation students 
· Screen printing demonstrations
· The March Quilts 2016 kick-off event, with Visiting Artist Amanda Browder

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

UAB's Bloom Studio, Digital Media Selected as 2016 American Advertising Awards Agency of Record

bloom studioThe University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Bloom Studio and Digital Media have been invited to be the agency of record for the 2016 Birmingham American Advertising Awards.

The students are very excited to participate and are working on collateral material and branding for next year’s event, says Rosie O’Beirne, director of Digital Media.

The American Advertising Awards, formerly the ADDYs, are the advertising industry’s largest and most representative competition, attracting more than 40,000 entries nationally every year in local American Advertising Federation Club competitions. The mission of the American Advertising Awards competition is to recognize and reward the creative spirit of excellence in the art of advertising. This year, the Birmingham chapter wants to celebrate the upward trajectory of the City of Birmingham, the city’s advertising community, and the rich talent pool of aspiring creative professionals that the city’s college and university students represent. This year’s creative theme is “Level Up.”

“One of the chief initiatives of AAF Birmingham this year is to recognize and celebrate the amazing student talent found in our area,” said George Griswold, AAF Birmingham president. “They are the future not only of our club but of our industry as a whole. The work being done by our friends at UAB is a terrific model for mentoring and developing future advertising professionals.”

Bloom Studio is a student graphic design studio in the UAB College of Arts and SciencesDepartment of Art and Art History. It allows DAAH graphic design students to gain real-world experience working directly with regional clients, local nonprofits and underserved communities on Design for Good projects.

Digital Media is an on-campus creative agency powered by students. Students provide digital storytelling in the form of professional graphics, websites, videos and even apps to clients ranging from UAB academic departments to external nonprofit organizations.

Bloom Studio and Digital Media presented “Bloom Studio and Digital Media: Closing the Experience Gap” at the American Advertising Federation’s monthly meeting Friday, Sept. 18. It was announced at the meeting that the groups have been chosen as the agency of record.  

DAAH Associate Professor Doug Barrett, Digital Media specialists Anna Lloyd and Shibli Rahman, and O’Beirne are working closely with the student team. They will pitch their creative concepts to the event’s co-chairs Saturday, Sept 26.

The participating students are Stephen Stark, Heather Garner, Samantha Richardson, Brodie Foster, Raizel Coiman, Zach Walker, Jonathan Niega, Sarah Buckelew, Kayla McLaughlin, Heather Robinson, Anissa Latham-Brown, Anna F. Carter, Garrett Sims and Gerrie Lim.

UAB DAAH Introduces New Experimental Exhibition Venue, Project Space

project spaceStudents and faculty in the University of Alabama at Birmingham College of Arts and SciencesDepartment of Art and Art History have a new place to showcase art and support creative investigation, interdisciplinary collaboration, innovation and entrepreneurship.

Project Space is an adaptive space that will provide an alternative platform for students, faculty and community to engage teaching, research, public service and visual art practices. New events have been planned there for fall 2015.

Project Space is in the UAB Humanities Building, 900 13th St. South, on the first floor. It is open during project-specific dates and hours or by appointment. For questions, to schedule use of Project Space or to arrange a visit, contact Project Space director Jared Ragland at Raglandj@uab.edu.

Fall Project Space schedule:

Through Friday, Oct. 9

“Hither and Yon,” co-sponsored by The Fuel and Lumber Company and featuring works by Craig Drennan, Jane Fox Hipple, Astri Snodgrass and Jered Sprecher. Open 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Fridays, and by appointment.

Tuesday, Oct. 27

UAB Student Showcase, featuring works from UAB DAAH Adjunct Professor Lanette Parker’s Figure Drawing course.

Monday, Nov. 9

UAB Student Showcase, featuring works from UAB DAAH Adjunct Professor Lanette Parker’s Advanced Painting course.

Tuesday, Nov. 17

Medium: The Art Club at UAB pin-up show, featuring works by members.

Tuesday, Dec. 1

UAB Student Showcase, featuring works from Adjunct Professor Jenny Fine’s The Collected Narrative course.

Wednesday, Dec. 9

Stories from the Line, featuring student documentary film and photography projects from the DAAH Stories from the Line: Documenting Poverty course, taught by Michele Forman, director of UAB Media Studies, and DAAH Adjunct Professor Jared Ragland.

Queen on the Nile // Exhibition

super girlSuper Girl with Masked Ninjas

New photographic works by Sonja Rieger taken in rural Camden, Alabama, will be on exhibition at beta pictoris gallery from Sept. 18-Oct. 17.

Rieger is professor of photography in the University of Alabama at Birmingham College of Arts and Sciences Department of Art and Art History. “Queen on the Nile” is the artist’s third solo exhibition with the gallery. A free opening reception with the artist is planned for 6-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18, at beta pictoris gallery, 2411 Second Ave. North. Visit the gallery online at www.MausContemporary.com.

Camden is 38 miles from Selma, Alabama. As of the 2010 census, there were 2,020 people residing in the town; more than one out of four households had a female householder with no husband present.

Rieger’s new series of photographs are portraits of young girls in their Halloween costumes; some of the costumes were purchased, some were homemade, as if cobbled together in a marvelous attempt to escape a reality, an everyday routine, a town too small, a place too hard, says the description of the show. The girls’ faces marvel at the camera, as if it would, could, transport them into their newly adopted identity: the superhero, the princess, the queen. Their faces are filled with excitement, happiness, shyness, and sometimes disillusion; but also stares of resolve, defiance and determination.

Rieger’s work can be found in the permanent collections of the 21c Museum in Louisville; the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans; the International Polaroid Collection in Cambridge, Massachusetts; the Birmingham Museum of Art; and private collections in the United States and Belgium. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally over the past 35 years.

Photographic portraits as social commentary have existed all through the medium’s life, and Rieger’s most recent series immediately evokes the photographs shot in south Alabama by Arthur Rothstein (1915-1986), while working for the U.S. government, says Guido Maus, beta pictoris gallery owner.

The photographer often referred to the girl in his image “Artelia Bendolph, Gee’s Bend, Alabama, 1937” as a “Queen on the Nile,” Maus says. An example of the image will be on display at the exhibition of Rieger’s works.

Creativity/Innovation/Entrepreneurship Lecture Series // Lecture

cie lectureA new lecture series at the University of Alabama at Birmingham this fall will feature guest speakers focused on top quality and custom paint products for artists, and creative professionals in the business world.

The College of Arts and SciencesDepartment of Art and Art History will present the free Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Lecture Series. The first two speakers, Art Graham of M. Graham Artist Colors on Thursday, Sept. 17, and Mark Golden of Golden Artist Colors on Thursday, Oct. 8, will be presented in collaboration with Forstall Art Supply in celebration of the center’s 25th anniversary.

The third event on Monday, Nov. 2, will feature panelists Merrilee Challiss, visual artist, former owner of the Bottletree Cafe and UAB alumna; Elizabeth Hughey, author, co-founder of Desert Island Supply Co. and a UAB writing instructor; and Taylor Robinson, writer/director at Sixfootfive Productions and co-founder of Arc Stories. WBHM News Director Rachel Lindley will moderate the panel. All three events in the series will take place in the Hess Family Lecture Hall at the CAS Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts, 1221 10th Ave. South. Visit the UAB Department of Art and Art History at www.uab.edu/art.

Thursday, Sept. 17

UAB Creativity/Innovation/Entrepreneurship Lecture Series: Art Graham of M. Graham Artist Colors, 6 p.m. in the UAB Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts Hess Family Lecture Hall, 1221 10th Ave. South. Sponsored by the UAB Department of Art and Art History and Forstall Art Supply. Graham is an artist and color chemist who has been making artists’ color for more than 40 years. Longtime colorist and chemist for Grumbacher, Graham started his own paint company 22 years ago. All M. Graham paints are made in small batches in Portland, Oregon, and the company remains one of the few artist-quality paint manufacturers in the United States. With one foot in the business world and one in the art world, Graham is tasked with preserving the traditions of the past while forging ahead with innovative processes and products for today’s artists. Graham will explain the importance of eco-friendly business practices, as well as the quality and composition of artists’ color — specifically the ingredients, types of processing and nature of pigments. This event is free and open to the public. Visit the UAB Department of Art and Art History at www.uab.edu/art.

Thursday, Oct. 8

UAB Creativity/Innovation/Entrepreneurship Lecture Series: Mark Golden of Golden Artist Colors, 6 p.m. in the UAB Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts Hess Family Lecture Hall, 1221 10th Ave. South. Sponsored by the UAB Department of Art and Art History and Forstall Art Supply. Golden, CEO and co-founder of Golden Artist Colors, began his company in 1980 inside a cow barn at his parents’ retirement home in rural Columbus, New York. Originally making and delivering custom products for artists in Manhattan, Golden Artist Colors continues to craft custom paints with a team of more than 200 employee owners in a 100,000-square-foot facility and sells its products worldwide. Golden Artist Colors’ legacy began with Mark’s great uncle, Leonard Bocour, and his father, Sam Golden, in their Lower Manhattan shop in 1936. They created a business that was more than just making paint for artists; they were making paint with artists. Many of their creations contributed to artists’ efforts to explore new ways of using paint, a theme that has been sustained with even greater resources by Golden Artist Colors. By simply saying “yes” to the requests of artists, Mark Golden and Golden Artist Colors have had the opportunity to work with some of the most notable artists from the last half of the 20th century and today’s contemporary masters. This event is free and open to the public. Visit the UAB Department of Art and Art History at www.uab.edu/art.

Monday, Nov. 2

UAB Creativity/Innovation/Entrepreneurship Lecture Series: Creative Professionalism Roundtable, 6 p.m., in the UAB Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts, Hess Family Lecture Hall, 1221 10th Ave. South. The UAB Department of Art and Art History, Department of English, College of Arts and Sciences, and Career and Professional Development Services present the Creative Professionalism Roundtable. Featured panelists are Merrilee Challiss, visual artist, former owner of the Bottletree Cafe and UAB alumna; Elizabeth Hughey, author, co-founder of Desert Island Supply Co. and a UAB creative writing instructor; and Taylor Robinson, writer/director at Sixfootfive Productions and co-founder of Arc Stories. WBHM News Director Rachel Lindley will moderate the panel. Each panelist will share thoughts on his or her creative practice and professional experience, followed by a moderated roundtable discussion. The discussion with focus on how young artists may balance a creative life within the business world and incorporate their individual artistic voice and vision in professional practice. This event is free and open to the public. Visit the UAB Department of Art and Art History at www.uab.edu/art.

Hither and Yon // Lecture and Panel Discussion

merck 1Craig Drennen, "Servant 12," 2013; graphite, acrylic, oil, alkyd, cigarette burns, aluminum foil on paper; 20x20 inches; image courtesy of the artist" A panel discussion with four artists, “Hither and Yon” is set for 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, at the new University of Alabama at Birmingham Project Space, 900 13th St. South.

“Hither and Yon” is a two-part exhibition and panel discussion presented by The Fuel and Lumber Company in collaboration with the UAB College of Arts and SciencesDepartment of Art and Art History. The Fuel and Lumber Company is a curatorial initiative founded in the summer of 2013 by Schulte and Amy Pleasant to facilitate exhibitions and related events.

Co-moderated by Lauren Lake, UAB DAAH chair, and Fuel and Lumber co-founder Pete Schulte, professor of drawing, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, the panel will feature artists Jane Fox Hipple, Astri Snodgrass and Jered Sprecher, whose works, along with those of artist Craig Drennen, are featured in the accompanying exhibition. Exploring unique approaches to contemporary painting and drawing, these four artists share roots in the Southeast and have exhibited nationally and internationally.

The exhibition will open with a reception from 6-9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11, at The Fuel and Lumber Company, 1805 Third Ave. North. The show will run through Oct. 10, and is open by appointment only. Call 205-369-8329 or email thefuelandlumbercompany@gmail.com.

Project Space is an adaptive space that will provide an alternative platform for students, faculty and community to engage teaching, research, public service and visual art practices. New events have been planned there for fall 2015.

Project Space is in the UAB Humanities Building, 900 13th St. South, on the first floor. It is open during project-specific dates and hours or by appointment. For questions, to schedule use of Project Space or to arrange a visit, contact Project Space director Jared Ragland at Raglandj@uab.edu.

Birmingham Flag Project

bham flagCurrent City of Birmingham flag The Birmingham Flag Project wants you to design a new flag for Birmingham.

Birmingham has a flag, but most people in and around the city and across the state probably have not seen it. Designed nearly a century ago, it is neither a well-designed flag nor a representative symbol of what Birmingham is now and aspires to be, organizers say.

The Birmingham Flag Project is an open competition aligned with Design Week Birmingham. The group believes that good design is a transformational tool, used to engage, connect and inspire.

As communities across the nation and around the world — from Portland, Oregon, to New Zealand — have joined together to redesign their flags, the Birmingham Flag Project invites creative individuals, artists, students and collaborative teams to reimagine the Birmingham city flag. Whether a longtime resident, visitor or newcomer to the Magic City, everyone is encouraged to apply.

The Birmingham Flag Project was inspired by the Design Week Birmingham 2014 Flag Design Workshop, led by Aaron Draplin of Draplin Design Co., who was the DWB keynote speaker and visiting artist at the University of Alabama at BirminghamCollege of Arts and SciencesDepartment of Art and Art History. UAB Department of Art and Art History’s Media and Outreach Coordinator Jared Ragland and Associate Professor Doug Barrett have collaborated with Design Week to carry out the project.

During UAB’s 2014 flag workshop, students from Birmingham City Schools, UAB, Auburn University and University of Montevallo joined some of Birmingham’s top creative directors and designers to discuss flag design and draft new ideas for the Birmingham flag.

In the same spirit of community building and collaboration, the Birmingham Flag Project is dedicated to engaging each of Birmingham’s 99 neighborhoods and beyond through an open call for designs.

A panel of judges will jury submissions and select three to five top designs. From prominent design professionals to university professors, local tastemakers to civic leaders, the Birmingham Flag Project has invited a diverse jury that understands how a new flag can represent Birmingham’s complex identity and that is committed to helping shape its future.  

The deadline for submitting a flag design is 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 14. The top designs will be shared with the public for voting Thursday, Sept. 24. Voting closes Oct. 18, and votes can be cast online or at polling stations located across the city of Birmingham. The winning selection will be announced Oct. 24 during Design Week Birmingham’s closing event.

Each entry will be exhibited at the UAB Department of Art and Art History’s Project Space from Oct. 19-24, with an opening reception scheduled for 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20. Viewing hours for the exhibition are scheduled for 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday or by appointment. Project Space is located in the UAB Humanities Building at 900 13th Street South. For information or to schedule a visit, contact Project Space director Jared Ragland at raglandj@uab.edu.

Entry details, a media packet and educational resources can be found at www.bhmflagproject.com.

Design Week Birmingham is an annual citywide event inspired by the belief that good design matters. Each October, design professionals, artists and other creative individuals gather for lectures, film screenings, exhibitions and workshops to promote communication and collaboration and build lasting relationships across the design community.