2018 Year in Review

2018 was another successful year in the UAB Department of Art and Art History. Thank you to our faculty, students, staff, and community for their hard work, dedication, and partnership. Below you will find a list of the year’s highlights, with links to news stories.

collage of 2018 year in review
Assistant Professor Stacey Holloway, left, and student Pascal Meadors work with visiting artist Leticia Bajuyo, right, to build Bajuyo's installation "Through Glass, 2018" at Space One Eleven.

In August, the DAAH welcomed an exciting new cohort of art and art history majors, many of whom are and will be supported through the department’s scholarships. We awarded twenty-three scholarships in 2018, including two new Provost’s Talent Scholarships for Incoming Freshmen. This fall, we met many promising art students at our inaugural High School Portfolio Day and in our inaugural series of Alabama High School Road Workshops.

In October, the DAAH hosted more than 600 artists and scholars at the SECAC conference in Birmingham. Led by conference director Jared Ragland and our faculty and student volunteers, the conference featured more than 120 sessions, a juried exhibition at AEIVA, and programming across the city including the Edward and Hermione C. Friend Lecture by Andrew Freear of Auburn University’s Rural Studio, at the Birmingham Museum of Art. The 2018 SECAC conference also greatly benefitted through our ongoing partnerships with Four Corners Gallery, Space One Eleven, and Forstall Art Supply.

Other visiting artists and scholars in 2018 included Leticia Bajuyo, Beili Liu, David Kassan, Virginia Griswold, and Dr. Meryl Bailey.

We are incredibly honored by our students’ successes that include a Fulbright Fellowship, the National Spanish Honor Society’s Mario Vargas Llosa Award, and two national American Advertising Awards. Art history students curated the exhibitions Focus III: I’ll See It When I Believe It at AEIVA and Scourge: Diseases that Shaped History at the Reynolds-Finley Historical Library, while studio students represented UAB at the a2ru Emerging Creatives Student Summit. Our faculty, instrumental to our students’ achievements, were awarded prestigious art studio and art history fellowships and are deeply engaged in art and design projects across the community.

Benefitting our students are our collaborations with departments and schools across the university and partnerships with local organizations including Space One Eleven, Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham Holocaust Education Center, Birmingham Public Library, Growing Kings, Sloss Furnaces, and Alys Stephens Center.

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