Students use alternative art materials for one-night-only exhibition June 18

In the summer course Source Materials, students used powders, liquids, expired media and everyday items to create sculptures and installations.
DAAH Source Materials See sculpture and installations created with materials not commonly found in the art studio during a one-night-only exhibition Wednesday, June 18, presented by the University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Art and Art History.

Students in Visiting Professor of Sculpture Stacey Holloway’s summer interdisciplinary Source Material course used alternative materials to create installations and sculpture-based artworks. Works by each student can be seen in the exhibition, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the UAB Visual Arts Gallery, 900 13th St. South.  

After researching contemporary artists who use nontraditional sculptural materials, such as Ann Hamilton, Tara Donovan, Clive Murphy, Wolfgang Laib, Berndnaut Smilde and Sakir Gokcebag, the students experimented with material choices and the relationships among materials, process, form and content. During the first two weeks, students completed single-day projects with various materials including powders, liquids, expired media and common household items. Next, they were assigned three formal projects: a recycled, a terrain and a final of their choosing. 

The students are Katie Gonzalez, Loryn Green, Daniel Heron, Wesley Holmes, Angela Isbell, Kelsey Parrish, Jacob Phillips, Aaron Scott and Ryan Tucker.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to have a greater appreciation of what can be accomplished through the use of easily obtained objects and an expanded vocabulary and understanding of contemporary art, Holloway says. Call the DAAH at 205-975-6267 or email Holloway at