New exhibition shows works by graduating BFA students at UAB’s AEIVA, April 20-May 1

Mixed-media, painting, photography, printmaking and ceramic works by Department of Art and Art History students will be on display at the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts.

bfa truittBritney Truitt, Untitled, 2015; pigment print; 25” x 28”  Works by five graduating students from the University of Alabama at Birmingham College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Art and Art History will be on exhibition from April 20-May 1 in the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts.

The UAB Bachelor of Fine Arts exhibition represents the culmination of a diverse and intensive program of undergraduate study and will feature works by UAB DAAH students Lindsey Christina of Birmingham, Allison Ciamarra of New Orleans, Britney Truitt of Corner, Jeanette Vasquez of Mobile and Jessica Walley of Fultondale.

The exhibition is free and open to the public. A free opening reception is planned for 6-8 p.m. Friday, April 24, at AEIVA, 1221 10th Ave. South. Call 205-975-6436 or visit AEIVA online at

Throughout the curriculum in the Department of Art and Art History, students are challenged to be critical and creative thinkers and effective communicators, and to engage with the community, says DAAH Chair Lauren Lake, MFA.

“The BFA exhibition is a highlight of the BFA undergraduate career as it demonstrates and celebrates our students’ accomplishments,” Lake said.

The spring 2015 BFA exhibition features painting, photography, printmaking, ceramics and mixed-media works, says AEIVA Curator John Fields.

“These works employ diverse conceptual and aesthetic strategies, ranging from photographic depictions of the Southern landscape to mixed-media explorations of religious identity,” Fields said.

bfa allison2Allison Ciamarra, Untitled, 2013; monoprint; 15” x 12"  It is exciting for AEIVA to present the exhibition and showcase the thesis work of the next generation of emerging artists, says AEIVA Director Lisa Tamiris Becker.

The Department of Art and Art History’s Bachelor of Fine Arts degree offers students an intensive exploration across a breadth of media and depth of discipline. Students gain skills and competencies including team-based learning, technology, communication, problem solving, aesthetic judgment, interdisciplinary approaches, innovative thinking, critical analysis and professional development throughout their program of study. For more information, visit the department at

AEIVA is open to the public 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 12-6 p.m. Saturday. It is closed Sundays and holidays.

The Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts is a new, cutting-edge facility designed by world-renowned late architect Randall Stout, a protégé of Frank Gehry. The 26,000-square-foot building was named for lead donors Judy and Hal Abroms, and Ruth and the late Marvin Engel. AEIVA features a series of three professional, state-of-the-art galleries for exhibitions, as well as a 95-seat lecture hall and a series of climate-controlled storage spaces that house AEIVA’s growing permanent collection. The building’s academic classrooms, laboratories and faculty offices are home to the Department of Art and Art History, facilitating a dynamic partnership in AEIVA’s mission of enhancing social, cultural and historical understanding through the visual arts across UAB and the broader community.