Concert poster retrospective on display this month

See award-winning show posters designed by local and national artists for Birmingham's Bottletree.

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Traci Edwards

UAB’s Visual Arts Gallery celebrates the Bottletree, Birmingham’s own world-famous independent music venue, with an exhibition featuring a selection of Bottletree’s award-winning gig posters. With more than 300 hundred posters on display, “The Bottletree: A Five-Year Poster Retrospective” showcases works by hundreds of top designers and artists from Alabama and nationwide.

Due to its popularity, the exhibition “The Bottletree: A Five-Year Poster Retrospective” will be extended at the UAB Visual Arts Gallery through the month of July, says Gallery Director John Fields. The exhibition can be viewed by appointment only because the gallery will not keep regular hours that month.

“If anyone wants to see the exhibit, they can email me at johnf@uab.edu, and I’ll set up a time to have the gallery open,” Fields says.

With the exhibition, the UAB Visual Arts Gallery celebrates the Bottletree, Birmingham’s own world-famous independent music venue. A selection of more than 300 of Bottletree’s award-winning gig posters showcases works by hundreds of top designers and artists from Alabama and nationwide.

During July, Fields will work to digitally archive the university’s permanent collection so that it may be available for public viewing online. Fields also will take a comprehensive inventory in preparations for the gallery’s move to the new Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts building next year. 

The opening for August’s exhibition, originally scheduled for Aug. 3, has been pushed back at least two weeks to coincide with the beginning of the fall semester, Fields says.

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