Student works on show for first of two BFA exhibitions

UAB has so many art studio students graduating that their works fill two shows. The first opens with a free reception April 13.

bfa1Works created by students using a variety of artistic disciplines will be featured in a new bachelor of fine arts show at UAB’s Visual Arts Gallery.


bfa1_spollenThe bachelor of fine arts degree is the undergraduate professional degree for studio art in the Department of Art and Art History. These exhibitions are the pinnacle of achievement for those students accepted into the BFA program at UAB. The gallery will host two BFA shows to accommodate the number of graduates exhibiting.


bfa3_preciseThe first collection of works will be on show April 13-27, 2012. It will feature works by Chelsea Culpepper, Emily Johnson, Mary McCann, Melissa Precise and Claire Spollen. A free opening reception is planned from 5 to 9 p.m. April 13 in at the gallery, 900 13th St. South.


bfa4_mccannCulpepper will present mixed-media installations that explore the fragility and delicacy of life and identity. Johnson’s sculptures investigate the self-constructed barriers people use to shield themselves from their surroundings. McCann’s paintings explore her cultural roots and the notion of home. Precise’s large, site-specific installations are studies of opposing forces. Spollen is a printmaker whose work examines the structures of human relationships and the roles people assume to keep those structures intact.


bfa5_johnsonThe gallery is always free and open to the public. For details call 205-934-0815. The gallery is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday and Noon-6 p.m. Saturday. The gallery is closed Sunday and holidays.