Friday, May 1, 6-8pm
UAB Visual Arts Gallery

The UAB Department of Art and Art History presents a one-night only student exhibition, “Accidental Grace: Photographs Made in and about the South,” on Friday, May 1 at the UAB Visual Arts Gallery in the Humanities Building, 900 13th St. S. from 6-8pm. 

Students enrolled in the 2015 spring “Special Topics: Photography in the South” course have spent the semester researching and creating projects that consider the taking, making, printing, presenting, and criticizing of photographic images, particularly those made in and about the South.

Taught by DAAH Visual Media and Outreach Coordinator Jared Ragland, the class read foundational texts on regional identity and Southern history and were assigned several longterm photographic projects. Through the course students have been challenged to develop and articulate their personal voice and photographic vision through the making of photographs within the contexts of personal identities, historical antecedents, contemporary practices, and strategies of critical interpretation, Ragland says.

Participating students are Jourdan Cunningham of Sylacauga; Catherine Duncan of Birmingham; Tyler Harris of Columbiana; Timothy Harstvedt of Fort Walton Beach, Florida; Devin Lunsford, Stacie Reese and Christianna Traynor of Birmingham; Britney Truitt of Corner; and Katie Walden of Eufaula.

To see examples of the students' work and research, visit the class blog at

For more information, contact Jared Ragland at