The UAB Visual Arts Gallery is now under the management of Interim Director John Fields, adjunct instructor in the UAB Department of Art and Art History. Fieldsâ€™ first show will be an exhibition of kinetic sculpture works by UAB Associate Professor John Powers, opening Jan. 9. 2012.
A UAB Honors Program alumnus, Fields received his bachelorâ€™s degree in art studio from UAB in 2003 and his masterâ€™s degree in painting from the University of New Orleans in 2007. An award-winning artist, Fieldsâ€™ work has been exhibited nationally and internationally while also appearing in many publications. His most recent exhibition, â€śDear Chuckâ€ť at beta pictoris gallery, received both critical and commercial success, becoming the first â€śsold-outâ€ť exhibition for the gallery. Fields has curated and organized numerous exhibitions locally and regionally. Fields received an Ellen Takahashi Award for Painting in 2003, Magic City Art Connectionâ€™s Best in Show for 2006, the Artvoices magazine Emerging Artist Award in 2007, a Luis Comfort Tiffany Award Nomination in 2007 and a Catherine Doctorow Prize for Contemporary Painting Nomination in 2011.
In 2012 the galleryâ€™s hours of operation will change slightly. The gallery will continue to be open to the public Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and also will open on Saturdays from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The gallery is closed on Sundays and holidays.