Works by UAB Art students in 39th annual Juried Student Exhibition from March 13-April 3

Juror Michael Velliquette will lecture at 5 p.m. Friday, March 13, followed by a free opening reception.

jonah griceJonah Grice, "Skewed Perspective," 2014; Blueprint collage with graphite, india ink, pen, conté crayonWorks created by 50 students in the University of Alabama at Birmingham College of Arts and SciencesDepartment of Art and Art History and selected by juror Michael Velliquette will be on display in the 39th annual Juried Student Exhibition from March 13-April 3.

“When artists work in close proximity, their art will naturally reflect the collective perspective of their time and place,” Velliquette said of the submissions. “So as a group student exhibition, it’s not surprising that these works consider subjects facing makers on the threshold of their vocation — questions of voice and style, originality, form and concept, abstraction and representation, order and expression, the self, and the other.”

The annual Juried Student Exhibition, coordinated by the UAB Department of Art and Art History and presented in the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts galleries, includes student works selected by a professional artist, says department Chair Lauren Lake, MFA.

“The exhibition functions as an experiential learning and professional practice opportunity for students enrolled in studio art courses across media and stages of development,” Lake said. “This year’s exhibition will feature 54 student artworks juried by Velliquette, a noted mixed-media artist.” 

An opening reception is planned from 6-8 p.m. Friday, March 13, in the AEIVA, 1221 10th Ave. South. Before the reception, at 5 p.m., Velliquette will give a visiting artist lecture. Both events are free and open to the public. Visit the Department of Art and Art History online at

Velliquette is known for his dimensionally complex paper sculptures, installations and drawings. His work is represented by David Shelton Gallery in Houston, Texas, and DCKT Contemporary in New York City and has been featured nationally in museum exhibitions including at the Museum of Art and Design, New York; the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Madison, Wisconsin; and the San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio, Texas.

mia badhamMia Badham, "45," 2014; Ceramic and black sandVelliquette’s work is also the subject of AEIVA’s concurrent exhibition, “Michael Velliquette: Desire for Being,” which will be on view March 13-May 1. Visit the AEIVA online at or call 205-975-6436. Admission to AEIVA is free. AEIVA is open to the public 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday and noon-6 p.m. Saturday and is closed Sundays and holidays. 

In addition to his solo exhibition and visiting artist lecture, Velliquette will lead students from Assistant Professor Doug Baulos’ 2-D Design class, Visiting Assistant Professor Stacey Holloway’s Intermediate Sculpture class, and Adjunct Professor Lanette Parker’s Drawing class in a multimedia workshop, “The Soft Spot in the Crown of the Skull.” Using activities based on Surrealist techniques, the workshop encourages students to consider ways to enter into creative activity through instinct, intuition and experimentation, and a range of drawing media is utilized to explore a spectrum of imagistic and sculptural possibilities. 

Participating student artists for the 39th annual Juried Student Exhibition are Sarah Adkins, Jennifer Allen, Lucy Allen, Marci Apker, Mia Badham, Emily Bailey, Brandon Berry, Mikala Buwalda, Wesley Coffman, Ashley Cook, Jourdan Cunningham, Annabelle DeCamillis, Catherine Duncan, Tashee Dunsmore, Zachary Edison, Rachel Ejem, Keiah Flowers, Amber Gomez, Camille Goulet, Jonah Grice, Tyler Harris, Timothy Harstvedt, Melody Hollenbeck, Katelyn Ledford, Devin Lunsford, Morgan Mahan, Anna-Kate Marcum, Bryce Martinez, David Matthews, Caroline McCarter, Devon McFarland, Ricardo Munoz, Lisa Nguyen, Alicia Owens, Jacob Phillips, Hannah Rettig, Samantha Richardson, Vincent Rizzo, David Roberts, Katherine Rubens, Stephen Stark, Casey Tesmer, Christianna Traynor, Ryan Tucker, Leita Turner, Katie Walden, Jessica Walley, Britni Wible and Anna Zoladz.