Artist Trenton Doyle Hancock will lecture, judge UAB student show

The UAB Juried Student Annual Exhibition will be judged this year by Hancock, an acclaimed contemporary artist, who also will give a free, public lecture Feb. 28.

tds_headshot_sThe University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) College of Arts and Sciences will host internationally acclaimed African-American contemporary artist Trenton Doyle Hancock from Feb. 28-March 2, 2013.

Hancock will judge the 37th UAB Juried Student Annual Exhibition and present a free lecture on his life and work at 6 p.m. Feb. 28, in the Mary Culp Hulsey Recital Hall, 950 13th St. South. The lecture is free and open to the public. His visit is sponsored by the Jemison Visiting Professorship in the Humanities and presented as part of the College of Arts and Sciences’ Civil Rights Commemorative Series. For a complete listing of the college’s commemorative events, visit


The step-son of a Baptist minister, Hancock’s work references biblical narratives, as well as comic book art. His work is on display in Dallas at Cowboys Stadium, and was included in the 2000 and 2002 Whitney Museum of American Art biennials in New York City, as well as in the New Orleans Prospect.1 biennial. Hancock has exhibited extensively, and his work is featured in many museum collections, including New York City’s Museum of Modern Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney. He received a Joan Mitchell Foundation grant in 1999. He is represented in New York by James Cohan Gallery and was a featured artist in the PBS program “Art21.” Hancock received his bachelor of fine arts degree from Texas A&M University, Commerce, and his master of fine arts degree from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pa.

The UAB Juried Student Exhibition invites all students enrolled in studio art courses at any level in the previous year to submit up to three works for consideration. The exhibition will feature works by UAB art studio students, selected as the best by Hancock.

The student works will be on show March 8-April 5 at the UAB Visual Arts Gallery, 900 13th St. South. An opening reception for the exhibition is planned for 5-8 p.m. Friday, March 8. Admission to the gallery is always free. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; the gallery, which is part of the UAB Department of Art and Art History, is closed on Sunday and holidays. Call 205-934-0815.