43rd Annual Juried Student Exhibition





Myah Clinton
Blazer News Reporter
mkc16@uab.edu



Once again, AEIVA is filled with student created artworks for the 43rd Annual Juried Student Exhibition. This year, 25 UAB students get to display their work in an exhibition which is open for most of the Spring semester.


PHOTOS BY AMY LAWHON/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
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Molly Thomas, junior in art with a photography concentration


What was supposed to be a beginning-of-the-semester assignment, became a piece of art that Thomas submitted to the exhibition. While looking for random items to include in a collection art piece, Thomas said she had an idea to take the project further. After scampering the produce section at Wal-Mart, she had found a plantain that would juxtapose the blue paint color she would use to cover the random items with. 

“I really like using strong lighting,” Thomas said. “So I set up the composition and I messed around with the lighting until I got kind of the monster lighting that’s on it.”  

Thomas said that photography has always been an inspiring medium to create artwork from.

 “I think it was looking through those [National Geographic] magazines and like just the power of the images,” Thomas said. “I thought they were beautiful, and I do other art forms and I like other art forms, but I think photography is my favorite because you can capture what’s actually in front of you.”

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Thad Mickler, senior in art with a concentration in drawing

Both of Mickler’s pieces in the exhibit are tributes to his late grandmother, with whom he shared a close relationship. One is a monoprint and the other a mixed media collage that Mickler includes for a specific reason.  

“I took care of her at her home [when] she was confined to her bed,” Mickler said. “She would have, she had this whistle that she would blow if she ever needed my attention. Eventually, she moved into a nursing home and she left the whistle behind. And I took it and that’s in one of my pieces.”    

The exhibition is open and free to the public until March 7 at the AIEVA building.

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Salma Hernandez, junior in art with a concentration in new media

Hernandez didn’t know where to start for a project in Derek Cracco’s class. At Cracco’s suggestion, she looked through old photographs at her house and chose a picture of her father in a phone booth.

Later, using a mural called The American Dream that she found on Instagram, Hernandez combined the two images and burned them on a metal plate.  Hernandez dabbled in art as a child but didn’t seriously consider it as a career path until freshman year of college.  

“I was like ‘What am I going to do with my life?’” Hernandez said. “I experimented with different fields and I was like ‘you know what, I’m not good at anything else’.”

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Terrence Wimberly, senior in art with a drawing and painting concentration

Wimberly submitted three archival pigment prints to the exhibition, which he created by painting the images on paper and scanning them to a computer where he edited them until he arrived at the finished product. Two of the pictures have what appears to be a bottom half of a person and various leaves and the other is of a detached head with flowers behind it. 

Wimberly said cartoons are his biggest art influences. “I would watch a lot of TV growing up and just like draw whatever I saw. And I would watch a lot of cartoons,” Wimberly said. “So, I always knew there was someone who was making the cartoons and I always wanted to be that person. Like, I wanted to get paid to put that stuff on TV and have other kids see it and stuff. So that made me want to draw.”

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Quinn Balazs, junior in history with a minor in art studio

Although Balazs said he is normally apprehensive about sharing his art work with the world, he decided to submit to the exhibition because his professor, Sonja Rieger encouraged him to do so. 

“I submitted three pictures of empty lots in Norwood, which is a neighborhood in North Birmingham,” Balazs said. “It was the affluent neighborhood until they built Mountain Brook and then it became the upper middle class African American neighborhood.” Why did Balazs choose Norwood? “I hate going places, I hate going to neighborhoods and seeing them decaying before my eyes,” he said. “It just, that makes me sad. So, I wanted to bring attention to a neighborhood that was falling into disrepair but was also resurging in some regards.” 

Balazs said he does not like taking pictures of people. “I try to tend away from people because I feel the camera dehumanizes the human form,” Balazs said. “My teacher says it’s because I’m scared of portraiture and she’s probably completely right.” Instead, he prefers to shoot buildings and plants. “You can tell a whole lot about a place based on the architectural setting,” Balazs said. “You can tell when it was built. You can tell the last time it was maintained. You can tell whether there’s somebody who cares about that property or not.”
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