A group passionate about the arts, the Alys Stephens Center staff searches for innovative artists, curates unique events and enlists talented musicians to create diverse and memorable experiences for Birmingham audiences. Ahead this season:
- A sonic celebration that includes the U.S. premiere of an audio film for the imagination;
- Enormous works of building-size art created by the community with recycled and donated local fabric; and
- The next installment of The Essentials, an ASC original series that reveals the history and influences of musical styles through performances with legendary musicians. Read More
Fabric and installation artist Amanda Browder will enlist the help of the community for two giant fabric installations at UAB, to celebrate the university’s new cultural corridor.
Browder is a New York City-based artist who uses donated fabrics to create large-scale collaborative installations that incorporate local volunteers, city buildings and the stories that are made from her community sewing days. Visit her website at www.amandabrowder.com.
In the first joint project for UAB’s Cultural Corridor, the Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center, the Department of Art and Art History, and the new Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts together have commissioned Browder to create “Magic Chromacity.” The vast works Browder will create with community members will use recycled and donated materials to create large-scale art pieces adorning both the AEIVA and ASC buildings, which face each other on 10th Avenue South on the UAB campus. The large-scale art pieces will allow the buildings to “speak” to each other while also serving as individual works.
The works will be installed and presented to celebrate the new cultural corridor at UAB on Aug. 26-28. Browder will give a free lecture at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, and an opening reception will be held Aug. 29. Both events will be held at AEIVA and are free and open to the public. The lecture is sponsored by the Department of Art and Art History, John S. Jemison Fund, and the Alys Stephens Center. The work will be on exhibition and available for viewing during daylight hours Friday, Aug. 29, to Friday, Sept. 5.