Marking Time curator named MacArthur Fellow

Marking Time curator named MacArthur Fellow

Dr. Fleetwood, 48, who is also a professor of media, culture and communication at New York University, curated an exhibition by the same name that won praise after its debut at MoMA PS1 last year. In the book and the accompanying museum exhibition, Dr. Fleetwood delves into the cultural and aesthetic significance of the art made by incarcerated people.

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Here’s what to expect from the 2021-2022 UAB arts season

Here’s what to expect from the 2021-2022 UAB arts season

Performing and visual arts institutions at the University of Alabama at Birmingham are gearing up for a new season, one marked by jazz greats Wynton and Delfeayo Marsalis, as well as a nationally acclaimed art exhibit that takes a critical look at mass incarceration and social justice.

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Burnaway Review: Jiha Moon at AEIVA

Burnaway Review: Jiha Moon at AEIVA

One of the most perplexing questions for museums—and their audiences—during the pandemic is whether there is a difference between “to see” and “to view.” Historically, we “see” exhibitions; visit museums and galleries; connect with artists in their studios. Today, we’re more likely to view them: virtual tours, live-streamed lectures, and events, images, and reviews.

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Russell named a Harvard Macy fellow

Russell named a Harvard Macy fellow

As a fellow, Stephen Russell, M.D., professor with the UAB Department of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, will design and pilot a new UAB program using art works from artists of color to teach medical students about diversity and clinical insights.

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Celebrate 23 books authored by CAS faculty in 2020

Celebrate 23 books authored by CAS faculty in 2020

Writing a book isn’t easy, but faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences produced nearly two-dozen — for the second year in a row. Twenty faculty from 13 departments wrote books on police violence, John Milton, democracy in Bangladesh, addiction, postcommunist theatre and more.

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Burnaway Feature Lucas Blalock: Imitation of Life

Burnaway Feature Lucas Blalock: Imitation of Life

One fateful day in 1989, artist Lucas Blalock suffered a childhood injury at Walt Disney World’s “Pirates of the Caribbean” attraction. His thumb was crushed while on the ride, and he underwent an experimental surgery to replace the crushed digit with his big toe.

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EazelReviews - Can You Save Superman? II

EazelReviews - Can You Save Superman? II

The first time I remember coming across Jordan Eagles' work was in the 2018 exhibition Germ City–Microbes and the Metropolis, an exhibition that examined the complex history of New York City’s everlasting battle against infectious diseases.

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2020: The year in photos

2020: The year in photos

Each year, UAB’s official photographers capture tens of thousands of images as they document the incredible variety of events and personalities that make up our community. Here are some of our favorite photos of some of the most dramatic months in UAB history.

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Student Spotlight: Levi Sanford

Student Spotlight: Levi Sanford

Senior Levi Sanford changed his major and found both inspiration and a career path.

Photo: Macey HobsonChoosing one’s major, like making art, takes an open mind. Levi Sanford, a senior art major focusing on graphic design, knew he wanted to attend the University of Alabama at Birmingham but his heart was not always set on graphic design. Before transferring to UAB, Sanford was a nursing major at Bevill State Community College.

Emily Schumann: You mentioned that you always knew you’d end up at UAB. Why?

Levi Sanford: I always saw myself going to UAB for their medical school. When I changed my major to general studies at Bevill, I decided I wanted to go into art as I got more into my creative side. I saw an ad for a graphic design program online and wondered whether or not UAB had one. I saw that they did and it felt right. It was what I really wanted to do and what I felt like I’d be a lot happier doing.

ES: Was there a particular class or teacher in CAS that was especially formative to who you are as a creative person?

LS: The first class I had at UAB was a Digital Imaging class, ARS 103, with Doug Barrett. I remember being really nervous for his class and he was a very helpful instructor. I mean, all of the instructors in the College of Arts and Sciences are so helpful, it’s amazing. They really do push you to be better. Before UAB, I had never opened Illustrator or InDesign and didn’t know anything about Photoshop, but now I can whip up shirt designs in Illustrator. It was so helpful and inspiring because they pushed me as a creative. I appreciate that now. Self-doubt is the biggest thing. You’re so hard on yourself but they help you push past that.

ES: How have you developed your professional eye and creative style at UAB?

LS: It’s definitely developed over time. I have friends in classes I [took in previous semesters]. It’s nice to see that I was once at that point, and now I’m able to help them. One of the biggest parts of being an artist is discovering your style. I’m a very retro, vintage-oriented person with a modern edge. A UAB t-shirt designed by Levi Sanford. Photo: Emily Schumann

Art is subjective, so what someone likes might not be what I like. It’s a trial-and-error process. That applies to most art. Most experiences, really.

ES: How has UAB helped you identify your career goals?

LS: When people first asked me what I wanted to do with my degree, I had a hard time answering because the possibilities are so broad. Hearing [faculty] experiences has helped me narrow my options. The variety of projects you complete also helps you sample different paths. Bloom Studio [run by Doug Barrett in the Department of Art and Art History] is technically a class but it’s like an internship because we work with real clients. We are currently helping rebrand Klein Arts and Culture, a non-profit based in Harpersville, AL.

Personally, I like the idea of working for one of the larger marketing/advertising agencies in Birmingham. It’s fast-paced, but the idea of constantly being able to put out work and different projects in an intense environment seems like a great way to gain experience.

ES: Would you say UAB was the right choice?

LS: UAB has been a great call. I don’t want to say everything happens for a reason because that’s such a broad thing, but I’m glad that this happened. It’s hard to picture where I’d be if I wasn’t here. I’ve grown so much as a person here and I’ve developed so many skills. The UAB campus is diverse and there are so many people to learn from and connections to be made. It’s not an art school, but I feel like you get almost the same education while saving the money you would spend at an art school.

Photo of book cover and artwork by Levi Sanford

ES: Do you have any advice for incoming UAB students?

LS: Be open-minded. Be open to hearing opinions from other people because it is so vital to hear what others have to say. Don’t assume your ideas are better than what others might have to offer. Come ready to learn, to be yourself, and be prepared to be humbled.

Interested in graphic design? Learn more about our majors and concentrations in the Department of Art and Art History.

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Campus walkway gives a boost, gets a lift

Campus walkway gives a boost, gets a lift

In 1975, UAB completed a pedestrian bridge crossing University Boulevard at 13th Street South to accommodate a quickly growing student population. This year, UAB art students brightened the footbridge with a UAB-themed mural.

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