UAB Barker Sculpture Competition finalists on show
Competition sculptors were asked to submit proposals for pieces to be placed outdoors on the campus, including a possible site in the Sculpture Garden at the Abroms Engel Institute for the Visual Arts, still under construction. The finalists are “Evening Song” by Deedee Morrison of Birmingham; “The Eternal Birminghams” by Lee Benson of Jackson, Tenn.; “Passing Through” by Robert Winkler of Asheville, N.C.; “Green Energy” by Giuseppe Licari of Sicily, Italy; “Leaf Spring Seedling” by Christopher Fennell of Birmingham; “Crossing II” by Christopher Newman of Chicago, Ill.; and “Plow” by Michael Dillon of Milton, Ga.
The winning entrant will receive $50,000 to complete and install the work on campus. Selecting the finalists were Timothy Sullivan, manager of UAB’s campus grounds; local art collector James Sokol; Jeannine O’Grody, head curator of the Birmingham Museum of Art; Interim UAB Gallery Director John Fields; UAB Professor of Art Erin Wright; and John Powers, sculpture artist and professor. A new committee will be formed to select the winner.
This is the second time in the competition’s history that sculptors have been asked to present maquettes. Using this revised format allows a larger portion of the late Barker’s endowment to be directed towards the completion of a single work. Barker and his wife, Justine, were renowned patrons of the arts whose support created the Samuel B. Barker Outdoor Sculpture Competition at UAB.