PROFESSOR OF CERAMICSalexart@uab.edu Office // Humanities Building 104B 205.934.8568
James Rodger Alexander earned his MFA in Sculpture and Ceramics from Louisiana State University. He also holds both the Bachelor of Architecture and Masters of Architecture in Urban Design degrees from Cornell University.
Trained as both an architect and as a sculptor, James Rodger Alexander has consistently utilized form to articulate and delineate space rather than simply define the sculptural object. His work finds its formal foundations in minimalism and its formal vocabulary in architecture. The conceptual framework of his sculptural thinking is architectural in nature, involving the reconsideration and assemblage of existing materials and manufactured parts into formal structures, which modulate, activate, capture, and contain space. Both his large scale sculptural installations and small scale sculptural pieces focus primarily on one reoccurring issue: the resolution of the conflict between opposing forces. These opposing forces may be literal and physical or conceptual and philosophical. The recognition of dualities and the quest for a resolution is the consistent element in his work.
Alexander's work has been widely exhibited at various venues. In addition he has curated exhibitions and published works about architectural terra cotta, vernacular architecture, the relationship between architecture and sculpture, and the use of public posters as political propaganda. In 2010 he was received the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Southeast College Art Conference.
Alexander has received grant support from the Alabama State Council on the Arts, the Alabama Humanities Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts and the Canadian Center for Architecture as well as support from numerous Faculty Research Grants and the Provost Research Grant program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.