Graduating UAB arts students to exhibit works at UAB’s AEIVA from April 4-30

This exhibition is a highlight of the Bachelor of Fine Arts undergraduate career, and each of the six students will display what they have learned over the last four years.
  • Xie Beth Craig

  • Kaitlyn Avery 

  • Josh Hoggle

  • Harper Nichols

  • Delaney Howlett

  • Alex Tucker

Works representing the culmination of students’ academic and studio education in art at the University of Alabama at Birmingham will be on exhibition from April 4-30.

Presented by the College of Arts and SciencesDepartment of Art and Art History and the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts, this exhibition is a highlight of the Bachelor of Fine Arts undergraduate career.

The UAB BFA exhibition this spring will feature work by six students who will graduate April 30: Kaitlyn Avery, Xie Beth Craig, Josh Hoggle, Delaney Howlett, Harper Nichols and Alexander Tucker.

Each artist will display individual presentations of what they have learned over the last four years.

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“You will see a wide range of artworks and mediums in this show, from photography and site-specific installation to painting, drawing and digital media,” said AEIVA’s Tina Ruggieri, curator. “Each artist has a unique voice, and themes of identity, self-discovery, color theory and human/animal interactions are consistent throughout each artist’s exhibit.”

The BFA exhibition represents crossing the threshold into the professional environment for students who are often showing their work for the first time in the setting of a gallery or museum, says Rich Gere, professor and chair of the Department of Art and Art History.

“We are very fortunate and happy to collaborate with AEIVA’s staff and curators, who afford students the same experience in preparing for and mounting the exhibition as the professional artists who come in from around the globe,” Gere said. “Students write about their work and give oral presentations explaining their inspirations, research, processes and concepts. The BFA exhibition is the studio capstone experience and one of the spring’s premier opening receptions in the area, and we hope to see you there.”

A free closing reception is planned for 6-8 p.m. Friday, April 29. To tour the exhibition, or for more information, visit

Join AEIVA for Outside the Lines LIVE, a night to decompress and color while enjoying a great conversation and Q-and-A with the graduating Bachelor of Fine Art seniors. Work on your own favorite coloring page or use one of the ones created by the artists. This virtual event will be at 7 p.m. CT Thursday, April 14. Visit for more information.