Department of Art and Art History

  • Art students design new UAB Campus Recreation Center mural

    Students in a special topics course called “Art and Exercise” in the College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Art and Art History spent the summer developing art projects inspired by sports, fitness and exercise.

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  • CAS faculty, staff collect three state arts council grants

    Kerry Madden-Lunsford, Stacey Holloway and Melissa Yes each were awarded a $5,000 fellowship to further their work and research: finishing a novel, studying animal behavior and ethology, and producing two new art exhibits.

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  • Two CAS faculty receive Fulbright-Nehru Scholar awards for work in India

    Colleen Fisher, Ph.D., will examine microfinance to alleviate poverty among vulnerable women in low-resource countries, and Cathleen Cummings, Ph.D., will study and map temples from the Bhosle dynasty of Nagpur, India.

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  • 2 CAS faculty receive Fulbright-Nehru Scholar awards for work in India

    Social Work’s Colleen Fisher will examine microfinance as a way to alleviate poverty among vulnerable women in low-resource countries, and Art and Art History Associate Professor Cathleen Cummings will study and map temples from the Bhosle dynasty of Nagpur, India.

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  • UAB announces new Master of Arts degree in cultural heritage studies

    The only graduate program of its kind in the state, the degree provides students with the theoretical background and practical skills necessary to enter a career in the emerging fields of cultural heritage practice, policy and management.

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  • Hearing loss, peers and mentors inspire UAB art student graduating with full MFA scholarship to Clemson University

    Caroline Myers, whose partial hearing loss informs her latest works, graduates May 1 with a BFA degree from the UAB Department of Art and Art History and Honors College; this summer she will study at the New York Academy of Art.

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  • Works by five graduating UAB art students on exhibition

    The BFA exhibition is presented by the College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Art and Art History. A free virtual closing reception is planned from 6-7 p.m. Thursday, April 29.

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  • 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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  • More than 1,100 employees to be honored with annual service awards

    This year, the university recognizes 50 years of service by Jeanne Hutchison, Ph.D., and Ferdinand Urthaler, M.D., and 45 years of service by Robert Kim M.D., and Joseph Lovetto. In addition, 294 employees with 20 or more years and 904 with five, 10 and 15 years will honored for their longevity.

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  • Discover 11 outdoor oases hiding in plain sight

    Find a little-known green space closest on campus to enjoy the spring weather and stay socially distant using this Google Map we created just for you.

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  • Artists at UAB give their perspective on the pandemic in “Work from Home”

    See the pandemic from artists’ points of view with a new exhibition featuring works of art created by Department of Art and Art History faculty and staff.

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  • Physician Brandi Shah shows future doctors new ways to listen to their patients

    A new course, “Holding Space: Power of Storytelling in Medicine,” teaches medical students to see patients as storytellers and experts about their own lives.

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  • Art by UAB students presented in Annual Juried Student Exhibition

    This will mark the 45th year for the annual exhibition, presented by the UAB College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Art and Art History.

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  • New free arts and music events from UAB announced for 2021

    UAB’s Alys Stephens Center will present free concerts by Eric Essix and Tracy Hamlin, DeQn Sue, Red Baraat, Stefon Harris + Blackout and Rollin’ In The Hay. Blues legend Keb’ Mo’ will perform a live-stream concert May 13; tickets are $20 per device.

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  • 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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  • Alabama’s own Scott Peacock, James Beard Award-winning chef, will talk biscuits, Southern food live Oct. 20

    Chef Scott Peacock will talk about the role food plays in shaping our memories and cultural traditions for a virtual visit with UAB’s AEIVA.

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  • From renovations to new construction, these 9 spaces are transforming UAB’s campus

    UAB continues to implement its Campus Master Plan through new facilities and renovations to enhance instruction, research, technology and student life.

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  • 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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  • Solar House mural highlights campus commitment to sustainability

    The newest project from UAB’s Bloom Studio is brightening up campus — this time from the Solar House and Sustainable Neighborhood at the corner of 11th Avenue South and 17th Street.

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  • UAB painting alumna awarded Alabama State Council on the Arts fellowship

    Edwards works primarily in acrylic on board, using vibrant colors in a technique that embraces paint drips, beautifully rendering portraits of Black girls.

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