Department of Art and Art History

  • Try this new online toolkit to guide your student’s research

    The seven-module CAS Research Sources and Skills Toolkit focuses on efficient research strategies, evaluation of source material, appropriate techniques for documenting source material and more.

  • Discover 11 outdoor oases hiding in plain sight

    It’s easy to think the only jungle around campus is the concrete kind. But you can find a little-known green space closest to where you work, live and play using this Google Map we created just for you.

  • Faculty fellows create team-based research courses

    Four faculty spent a year developing undergraduate research courses focused on collaboration and innovation, with themes such as Chinese professional etiquette and using 3D-mapping technology in studio art.

  • Visiting artist Dread Scott to speak at UAB’s AEIVA on Sept. 11

    For three decades, Scott has made work that encourages viewers to re-examine cohering ideals of American society.

  • Arts and Sciences alumni honored at UAB Excellence in Business Top 25 event

    Ten alumni in the College of Arts and Sciences were honored as members of the UAB Excellence in Business Top 25 class of 2019.

    Left to Right: Adam Aldrich, Brady McLaughlin, Julie McDonald, Kristen Greenwood, John Boone, David Brasfield, Carol Trull Pittman, Dustin Welborn, and Jennifer Smith (not pictured: John Burdett)On June 20, ten alumni in the College of Arts and Sciences were honored by the UAB National Alumni Society as members of the UAB Excellence in Business Top 25 class of 2019. The dinner and awards ceremony took place at the UAB National Alumni Society House.

    The annual Excellence in Business Top 25 program is designed to identify, recognize, and celebrate the success of the top 25 UAB alumni-owned or UAB alumni-managed businesses. In addition to our ten honorees, two alumni won top honors in Fastest Growing Companies Under $10 Million: John Boone of Orchestra Partners, 2198% growth; and David Brasfield of NXTsoft, 317% growth.

    Congratulations to our deserving graduates!

    • Adam Aldrich, president and co-founder of Airship, graduated in 2008 with a B.S. in Computer and Information Sciences.
    • John Boone, principal of Orchestra Partners, graduated in 2010 with an M.A. in History.
    • David Brasfield, CEO of NXTsoft, graduated in 1984 with a B.S. in Computer and Information Sciences.
    • John Burdett, CEO of Fast Slow Motion, graduated in 2000 with a B.S. in Computer and Information Sciences.
    • Kristen Greenwood, executive director of GirlSpring, graduated with a B.A. and an M.A. in Art History in 1999 and 2006, respectively.
    • Julie McDonald, Ph.D., co-founder of McDonald Graham LLC, graduated with an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Psychology in 1993 and 1995, respectively.
    • Brady McLaughlin, CEO of Trio Safety CPR+AED, graduated with a B.A. in Communication Studies in 2009.
    • Carol Trull Pittman, founder and CEO of RedKnot Resource Group, graduated with a B.A. in Communication Studies in 2001.
    • Jennifer Smith, director of operations of Down In Front Productions LLC, graduated with a B.A. in Communication Studies in 2016.
    • Dustin Welborn, president of Down In Front Productions LLC, graduated with a B.A. in Communication Studies in 2013.

  • Callahan Eye Hospital features student art in a series of exhibitions

    UAB Callahan Eye Hospital & Clinics has partnered with the Department of Art and Art History to keep original artwork alive in the facility, known for “Complex Vision” by artist Yaacov Agam.

  • More than 50 years of art instruction

    In 1968, UAB hired two instructors to teach art-classes part-time. That fledgling art program is now the thriving Department of Art and Art History, whose faculty are busy this summer season pursuing their passions and honing their crafts.

  • This summer, UAB’s arts faculty get creative outside the college classroom

    From the United States to Europe, these professors from the departments of Art and Art History, Music, and Theatre are in demand.

  • Rich Gere named new chair of the Department of Art and Art History

    Print media artist Rich Gere comes to UAB from the Department of Art and Design at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.

    Photo: Edgar De La GarzaRich Gere has been named chair of the Department of Art and Art History. He will begin his new position on August 15, 2019.

    Gere comes to UAB from the Department of Art & Design at Texas A & M University-Corpus Christi. He received his B.F.A. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and his M.F.A. from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

    After starting a career in finance and marketing, Gere co-founded a graphic design firm in Knoxville in 1998. While working as a professional designer, he taught courses at community colleges in East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia; he also helped develop an adult education program with fellow faculty members at Tusculum College in Knoxville. In 2001, Gere joined the faculty as a professor of foundations and painting in the School of Fine Arts at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) at their Savannah campus; in 2002, he transitioned to professor and director of printmaking at SCAD, Savannah. From 2006 to 2013, Rich was professor and founding chairperson of print media, as well a director in the School of Fine Arts for SCAD's new Atlanta campus. In that role, he was responsible for developing the B.F.A, M.A., and M.F.A. programs in print and digital media. In 2014, he was named professor and chairperson of the Department of Art & Design at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.

    As a print media artist, Gere explores alternative photo processes; works of paper, sculpture, and installation; and his work is currently centered around border issues and the ecology of South Texas. As a lecturer, artist, and co-investigator, he has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including funding from the Rauschenberg Foundation and a multimillion-dollar grant from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) which currently supports his research on integrating the visual arts as pedagogy into the nursing curriculum.

    Gere has served on many national and international art boards and juries and appeared on a wide range of conference panels and councils. His recent conference activity includes presentations at SGCI (Southern Graphics Council International Conference); Southeastern College Arts Association Conference (SECAC); the College Arts Association Conference (CAA); and the Mid America Print Council (MAPC).

    As an artist, he has appeared in more than 200 juried, solo, and group exhibitions, including recent exhibits at the El Paso Museum in El Paso, Texas; the Museo de Arte de Ciudad, Juarez, Mexico; SCOPE Basel, Switzerland; ArtHelix Gallery, Brooklyn, New York; and at the Toolbox Gallery, Berlin, Germany. His artwork appears in a number of public and private collections, and he is represented by Marcia Wood Gallery of Atlanta.

    We look forward to working with Rich. We are also deeply grateful to Jessica Dallow, who has served as interim chair since 2017 and will return to the art history faculty.

  • UAB grad Amy Williamson on her career and research in the arts, new role at Alabama State Council on the Arts

    Amy Williamson, who earned her Master of Arts degree in art history, is the newly appointed visual arts program manager and gallery manager for the Alabama State Council on the Arts.

  • UAB’s Alys Stephens Center presents free IndiaFest concert with Falu April 18

    Free IndiaFest events include film screenings, a dance competition, community yoga, crafts, a lecture and an evening of social dance at ArtPlay.

  • Celebrate Women's History Month with the women who shape UAB

    From traveling to Antarctica to publishing children’s books, from taking biology educational tools to India to planting pollinator gardens on campus, women have been integral to shaping UAB’s reputation its 50-year history. As part of its annual coverage of Women’s History Month, the UAB Reporter has gathered examples of its more recent coverage of women at UAB.

  • UAB Bachelor of Fine Arts exhibition is April 1-27

    The 16 graduating students have produced works that represent the culmination of their academic and studio education at UAB.

  • UAB students, staff and faculty win at 61st ADDY Awards

    Presented by the American Advertising Federation of Birmingham, the ADDY Awards are the advertising industry’s largest and most representative competition.

  • UAB art students, professor join peers at a2ru Student Summit

    The a2ru summits bring together students who have an interest in the arts, crossing disciplinary boundaries and developing collaborative projects.

  • Visiting artist Parisa Tashakori to lecture, work with students March 6 at UAB

    Tashakori is a visual artist and graphic designer from Iran whose work incorporates a range of letterforms and languages, including English, Persian and Arabic.

  • Four students’ passion for creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship lead to outstanding honor

    Four UAB students have been named University Innovation fellows by Stanford University.

  • Visiting artist Kevin Vanek offers “Too Cool for Tools” lecture, exhibition at UAB

    Vanek’s lecture March 19 and exhibition are presented by the College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Art and Art History.

  • Faculty save students $1.1 million on course materials

    By creating online assets in Canvas, using rental textbooks or older editions and seeking out free online resources, 17 UAB faculty, powered by AIM grants, have saved students more than $1.1 million on instructional materials.

  • UAB’s Stacey Holloway to design, create sculpture for systemwide art trail

    Holloway’s student team will include four seniors majoring in studio art: Chase Prater, Elizabeth Gioia, Eric Powell and Anthony Smith.