Student works, including product design, drawings, prints, photographs and clay sculpture, will be featured in a new bachelor of fine arts (BFA) show at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Visual Arts Gallery.
The BFA degree is the undergraduate professional degree for studio art in the Department of Art and Art History. These exhibitions are the pinnacle of achievement for those students accepted into the BFA program at UAB. All of the featured student artists will graduate this spring.
The spring 2013 UAB BFA exhibition will be on show April 12-May 10, 2013. The show will feature works by Amy Clark, Jin Chung, Laurin Humphries, Angela Outsey, Tracey Resler, Alexandra Smith, Lindsay Warner and Daniel Williams. A free opening reception is planned from 5-9 p.m. Friday, April 12, at the gallery, 900 13th St. S. Call 205-934-0815.
Clark draws from the traditional families of rural Southern communities and their rich culture of faith, artisan practices and self-sufficiency to create designs with a “home-spun” feel. Chung explores the innocence, whimsicality and quaintness of life to turn playful ideas into fanciful works of art and design. Humphries uses a variety of drawing mediums to explore the dangers presented by consumerist media and the association of one's identity with materialism. Outsey's artwork represents the development and morphing aspects of people's personalities over time.
Using layering techniques, Outsey’s drawings conceptually explore the mental complexity of her subjects. Resler’s current artwork explores the natural action of simple movement through a series of lithographic prints, depicting the four basic elements of earth, wind, fire and water. Smith, by combining printmaking and photography, explores the portrayal of women in contemporary media while raising questions about archetypes and perceived femininity. Warner uses clay as a metaphor for human relationships and as an interpretation of the human condition culled from personal experience and social observation. Williams uses traditional printmaking techniques to combine Christian imagery and comic-book aesthetics to explore the mythology and moral compass of western religion.
The gallery is open 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday. New hours are 10-4 p.m. Saturday. The gallery is closed on Sunday and holidays.