2014 Year in Pictures

2014 was a tremendous year for the UAB Department of Art and Art History. The dedication and work of our faculty, students, staff and community friends exemplified our goal of making a strong mark. The impressions we made this year extend from the classroom to the community, both locally and globally, and we are proud of the scholarly and creative research, outreach and special programming we have accomplished together. Thank you for sharing a great year with us. We look forward to the year ahead as we continue our commitment to having a thoughtful and meaningful role in the arts at UAB, in Birmingham, and beyond.

Lauren Lake, Chair
UAB Department of Art and Art History


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UAB student Tyler Sanford paints a self portrait in the DAAH painting studio in UAB’s Humanities Building. Photo by Jared Ragland


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UAB students Mary Margaret Morgan, Brandon Oswalt and Kelsea Nichols Oswalt work in the DAAH printmaking studio in UAB’s Humanities Building. Morgan is currently pursuing an MFA degree at the University of Oregon; Oswalt and Nichols Oswalt study in the MFA program at Northern Illinois University. Photo by Jared Ragland


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UAB DAAH visiting artist Mike Tabie of Two Arms Inc. makes a final count of limited edition screen prints in the DAAH graphic design studio at UAB’s Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts, February 15, 2014. The DAAH commissioned Tabie to make the Birmingham-themed prints which were hand printed with the help of DAAH students and community members. This photograph was made for the DAAH's new Instagram account, which can be followed at instagram.com/uabdaah.  Photo by Jared Ragland


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UAB DAAH visiting artist George Ferrandi and UAB student Angela Isbell construct an armature for Ferrandi’s “The Prosthetics of Joy” in Gallery One of UAB’s Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts, March 13, 2014. More than two dozen prosthetic pieces were constructed by Ferrandi in collaboration with UAB students, faculty and community volunteers for a one-time multimedia performance. Photo by Jared Ragland


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George Ferrandi’s “The Prosthetics of Joy,” performed by UAB students, faculty, and community volunteers at the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts, March 20, 2014. Photo by Jared Ragland


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UAB visiting artist George Ferrandi photographs UAB student Miranda Doran, posing in-character, in the Prosthetics of Joy installation, March 22, 2014, in Gallery One of UAB’s Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts. Photo by Jared Ragland


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UAB Art History graduate students Joan Inman and Angie May take a selfie with Tushar Gandhi following the Gandhian Paths to Global Progress Forum at UAB's Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts, May 6, 2014. Photo by Jared Ragland


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AEIVA Exhibitions Coordinator Christina McClellan installs a textile piece in the “Objects of Authority: Embroideries and Other Contemporary Arts from Western India,” exhibition, June 4, 2014. Curated by UAB Assistant Professor of Art History Cathleen Cummings and co-curated by UAB Associate Professor of English Cynthia Ryan, the exhibition featured approximately 40 works of art produced in rural contexts in India over the past 50 years. Photo by Jared Ragland


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Associate Professor of Art History Jessica Dallow, right, talks with artist Leslie Wayne about “Paint/Rag #31, 2013” at the Jack Shainman Gallery in New York, April 28, 2014. Dr. Dallow wrote the catalog essay for Wayne's exhibition, "Leslie Wayne: Mind the Gap," on view June 5-July 17 at UAB’s Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts. Photo by Zach Nader


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UAB visiting artist Leslie Wayne and AEIVA Curator John Fields, during the installation of “Leslie Wayne: Mind the Gap,” at UAB's Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts, June 4, 2014. Photo by Jared Ragland


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UAB visiting artist Leslie Wayne meets with UAB student Lucy Allen for a one-on-one studio critique in the DAAH painting studios in UAB’s Humanities Building, June 6, 2014. Photo by Jared Ragland


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A program from the 39th Annual UAB Honors Convocation – where DAAH graduate student Joanna Wilson and undergraduates Betsy Cates and Kelsea Nichols were recognized with DAAH departmental awards, April 25, 2014. In addition to the departmental accolades, Cates was presented with a College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Award, and Wilson was presented the Samuel B. Barker Award for master’s level students. Photo by Jared Ragland


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Local ADDY awards won by UAB faculty and students are seen in January 2014 following the local ADDY Award ceremony. Conducted annually by the American Advertising Federation, the local ADDY’s are the first of a three-tier, national competition. Photo by Lauren Lake


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Visiting Assistant Professor of Sculpture Stacey Holloway gives a welding demo to her class in the DAAH sculpture studio. This year saw a major renovation of the sculpture, printmaking, and new media studios, including new ventilation systems, new tools, and an updated outdoor fabrication area. Photo by Jared Ragland


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Installation view of Visiting Assistant Professor of Sculpture Stacey Holloway’s class exhibition, “Source Material,” a one-night only show featuring sculpture and installation works made from nontraditional and recycled materials, at the UAB Visual Arts Gallery, June 18, 2014. Photo by Jared Ragland


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Assistant Professor Doug Baulos' Book Arts course was one of the first to be taught in the new Community Foundation of Birmingham Graphic Design Classroom in the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts. Here, students work on book cloth pieces to be dyed Itajime Shibori style, a Japanese resist technique in which cloth is sandwiched between pieces of wood and held in place with string before submersion in indigo. Photo by Jared Ragland


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Adjunct Professor Lane Cooper leads a critique on cross contour and foreshortening drawings in ARS 495 Figurative Themes course, July 7, 2014, in the DAAH painting studio in UAB’s Humanities Building. Photo by Jared Ragland


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Professor Gary Chapman leads a painting critique in the DAAH painting studio in UAB’s Humanities Building. Photo by Jared Ragland


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Alabama artist Pinky Bass visits Assistant Professor Doug Baulos' Book Arts class at the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts, June 30, 2014. Photo by Jared Ragland


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Associate Professors Doug Barrett and Dr. Cathleen Cummings celebrate their promotion and tenure with DAAH faculty in the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts conference room, June 6, 2014. Photo by Jared Ragland


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Darlena King of the Bib & Tucker Sew Op jokes with UAB visiting artist Amanda Browder via Skype during a Magic Chromacity Virtual Visiting Artist Community Sewing Day, May 9, 2014. Browder sewed from her studio in Brooklyn as volunteers in Birmingham worked on the “Magic Chromacity” project at the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts. Photo by Jared Ragland


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UAB students Katherine Rubens and Alicia Owens guide visitors in pinning traditional Japanese Shibori-style indigo-dyed fabric for the “Magic Chromacity” project during the Birmingham Museum of Art's Art on the Rocks event, July 11, 2014. Photo by Jared Ragland


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Magic Chromacity Community Sewing Day at the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts, July 10, 2014. Over the course of the nine-month project, dozens of UAB students, faculty, staff and hundreds of community volunteers sewed more than 10,000 square feet of fabric for the monumental installation. Photo by Jared Ragland


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Members of the Alpha Gamma Delta sorority assist UAB visiting artist Amanda Browder, seen in the background, with piecing together panels of “Magic Chromacity,” August 14, 2014, at the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts. Photo by Jared Ragland


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Volunteers from the Bib & Tucker Sew Op put in the final stitches of “Magic Chromacity,” August 22, 2014 at the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts. Photo by Jared Ragland


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UAB visiting artist Amanda Browder directs the installation of “Magic Chromacity” at the Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center, August 25, 2014. Photo by Jared Ragland


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UAB College of Arts and Sciences Dean Robert Palazzo is interviewed by Jeh Jeh Pruitt of Fox 6 News, August 28, 2014 at the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts. Dean Palazzo and Pruitt discussed the role of the arts at UAB and Amanda Browder's large-scale “Magic Chromacity” installation. Photo by Jared Ragland


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UAB visiting artist Amanda Browder’s installation, “Magic Chromacity,” is seen at the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts, August 29, 2014. Photo by Walt Stricklin


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A magic moment – the graphics on the UAB BlazerExpress serendipitously lines up with “Magic Chromacity” while the bus was stopped on 10th Avenue South, August 25, 2014. Photo by Jared Ragland


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Associate Professor Doug Barrett leads a screen printing workshop with students from the Woodlawn High School Summer Bridge program, July 31, 2014, at the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts. The Summer Bridge Program introduced a group of 50 rising freshmen and sophomores from Woodlawn High School to life on campus at UAB, where they participated in a series of four hands-on studio art courses led by DAAH faculty. During the workshop each student pulled a print and took home a limited edition poster commemorating Woodlawn’s centennial anniversary. Photo by Jared Ragland


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Professor James Alexander discusses his piece, "Equipoise: Roundabout,” in the “Interlude/Influence: Faculty and Alumni at Work” exhibition with Woodlawn High School Arts and Environmental Science Academy students at the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts, August 22, 2014. Photo by Jared Ragland


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UAB visiting scholar Dr. Ugochukwu-Smooth C. Nzewi tours the Birmingham Museum of Art's newly renovated African Gallery, Sept. 18, 2014. Dr. Nzewi visited Birmingham to give the 2014 Edward M. and Hermione C. Friend Lecture at UAB. Photo by Jared Ragland


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“Pulp + Bone,” a one-night only student figurative drawing exhibition by Adjunct Professor Lane Cooper's ARS 495 Drawing: Figurative Themes class, at the UAB Visual Arts Gallery, August 7, 2014. Photo by Jared Ragland


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“A Seat at the Big Table: Bloom Studio," at the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts Gallery One. Bloom Studio, run by Associate Professor Doug Barrett, allows Department of Art and Art History Graphic Design students the opportunity to gain real-world experience by working directly with regional clients, local non-profits, and under-served communities on Design for Good projects. “A Seat at the Big Table” featured works produced by Bloom Studio students from the last two years, including projects for The Cahaba River Society, Bibb County Tourism Board, Lakeview District/Sloss Real Estate. Photo by Jared Ragland


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UAB Bloom Studio students pitch logo and identity design concepts for Birmingham Southern College's Southern Environmental Center, September 26, in the DAAH graphic design studios at the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts. Photo by Jared Ragland


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An Instagram of Andy Warhol-themed screen print posters, prepared for the 2014 UAB Homecoming festivities, October 4, 2014. The limited edition posters were designed by Associate Professor Doug Barrett and DAAH Media & Outreach Coordinator Jared Ragland and were given away during the annual UAB homecoming parade. Photo by Jared Ragland


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UAB College of Arts and Sciences faculty, students, and staff participate in the 2014 UAB Homecoming Parade, Friday, Oct. 10, 2014. The DAAH designed the Warhol Factory-inspired float and limited edition screen print posters to celebrate the upcoming Warhol exhibition at UAB’s Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts. Photo by Jared Ragland


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Professor of Art History Heather McPherson, center, and Lisa Tamaris Becker, Director of the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts, left, share 19th-century prints from the UAB permanent collection, Oct. 1, 2014, during Dr. McPherson's ARH 440/540 19th Century Art History course in the Elsas Seminar Room at the AEIVA. Photo by Jared Ragland


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UAB student Timothy Harstvedt presents plans for the UAB DAAH Prayer Flag Project, “Whisper Away,” to a panel of UAB officials, Sept. 16, 2014, in the Elsas Seminar Room at the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts. As part of their course curriculum, students in Visiting Assistant Professor of Sculpture Stacey Holloway’s Intermediate Sculpture class built a scale model and proposed a site-specific installation to celebrate the visit of the Dalai Lama to UAB. Photo by Jared Ragland


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Assistant Professor Doug Baulos leads a prayer flag workshop for the Community of Readers, Oct. 3, 2014 at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.  Photo by Jared Ragland


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Professor of Photography Sonja Rieger watches the exposure time for cyanotype prayer flags during a workshop with her Beginning Photography students, Oct. 1, 2014. Throughout the Fall semester students from across the UAB campus and Birmingham community created prayer flags for the UAB DAAH Prayer Flag Project, “Whisper Away,” to celebrate the visit of the Dalai Lama to Birmingham. Photo by Jared Ragland


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Kelsey Parrish, a student in Visiting Assistant Professor of Sculpture Stacey Holloway’s Intermediate Sculpture class, assists with the installation of the UAB DAAH Prayer Flag Project, "Whisper Away," Oct. 16, 2014, in the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts Sculpture Garden. More than 1,000 flags were used in the large-scale, student-designed installation. Photo by Jared Ragland


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Associate Professor of Art History Cathleen Cummings delivers remarks during the opening reception for the UAB DAAH Prayer Flag Project, "Whisper Away," Oct. 22, 2014, in the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts Sculpture Garden. Photo by Jared Ragland


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UAB visiting artist Aaron Draplin works with Woodlawn High School student Mohamed Jalloh during a Design Week Birmingham civic identity flag design workshop, Oct. 22, 2014 in the DAAH graphic design studio at the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts. In addition to participants from Woodlawn High School, students from UAB, Auburn University, University of Montevallo, and Samford University worked together to create flag designs for the city of Birmingham. Photo by Jared Ragland


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UAB student Bryce Martinez paints during a UAB Art Club workshop with guest artist Shane B. of Non Stop Art, November 5, 2014. Photo by Jared Ragland


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UAB student Devin Lunsford reacts during a one-on-one critique with photographer and Yale professor Curran Hatleberg, November 7, 2014. Hatleburg visited UAB for portfolio reviews after giving the 2014 John Morton Lecturer in Photography at the Birmingham Museum of Art. Photo by Jared Ragland


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UAB students from Associate Professor Cathleen Cumming's Buddhist Arts of Asia class are led on a tour of “So Close to Heaven: Sacred Sculpture of Asia" at the Birmingham Museum of Art by Dr. Donald Wood, Senior Curator and Virginia and William M. Spencer III Curator of Asian Art, November 12, 2014. Photo by Jared Ragland


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UAB student Michael Forrester gives a presentation during Assistant Professor Noa Turel's ARH 431: 17th Century Painting class at the Birmingham Museum of Art, December 3, 2014. Dr. Turel’s students were assigned to research, write, and present on specific works within the BMA permanent collection. Photo by Jared Ragland


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Students from Adjunct Professor Jared Ragland's BA Capstone: Contemporary Art Practice course visit with artist Amy Pleasant at her studio in downtown Birmingham, November 13, 2014. Pleasant discussed her training and influences, her studio practice, and how she sustains a successful, creative life and business in the contemporary art world with the soon-to-be graduates. Photo by Jared Ragland


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UAB faculty and students participate in The March Quilts community sewing day kick-off event at the Birmingham Museum of Art, December 6, 2014. A collaborative project between the Bib & Tucker Sew Op, Birmingham Museum of Art and DAAH, The March Quilts invites members of the community to participate in the making of large narrative quilts commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery March of 1965. Photo by Jared Ragland


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UAB DAAH senior Nathan Truitt installs his 2014 Fall Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition at UAB's Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts, November 26, 2014. Photo by Jared Ragland


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UAB DAAH senior Robert Clifton and Assistant Professor Doug Baulos install Clifton’s “Idealized Serpentine Forms,” for the 2014 Fall Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition at UAB's Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts, November 26, 2014. Photo by Jared Ragland


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Art History professors Dr. Noa Turel and Dr. Heather McPherson view Alejandra Garbutt's "Love v. Alabama Sanctity of Marriage Amendment," through anaglyph 3D glasses during the 2014 Fall Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition closing reception at UAB's Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts, December 12, 2014. Photo by Jared Ragland