2015 Year in Pictures
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 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 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 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 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, 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. 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 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 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 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. Photo by Jared Ragland
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. 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. 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. 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 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. Photo by Jared Ragland
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. 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. 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. 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. 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, 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. 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. Photo by Jared Ragland
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 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. 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.
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 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. 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. 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, 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, 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. 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. 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. 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 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 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