Department of Art and Art History

Halls Donate $1.5 Million Art Collection

From the April 2015 Desktop News | A selection of contemporary fine art prints from the William and Sara Hall Collection will be on display at The University of Alabama Gallery in the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center April 10-June 10. The Halls donated the $1.5 million collection to UA’s Sarah Moody Gallery of Art, […]

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UA Students Inspired by Musician’s Visit Fuse Art and Music for Exhibit

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — University of Alabama art students will exhibit works inspired by the music of renowned jazz composer and musician Anthony Braxton through Feb. 27 at UA gallery in the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center in downtown Tuscaloosa. The exhibit, “Anthony Braxton: Falling River Music Exhibition,” coincides with Braxton’s weeklong residency at UA Feb. 18-25. […]

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Anthony Braxton to Visit UA Feb. 18-25

From the February 2015 Desktop News | Legendary musician and composer Anthony Braxton will spend Feb. 18-25 at UA working with College of Arts and Sciences students and faculty as part of a weeklong residency presented by the Sonic Frontiers concert series. This event is the first major residency by Braxton in the Southeastern United […]

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Sculptures Raise $46,000 for Hospital

From the December 2014 edition of Desktop News | Three students and a professor in the Department of Art and Art History recently designed and created sculptures that were auctioned off by Nucor Steel to raise money for Children’s of Alabama, a pediatric hospital located in Birmingham. Together, the sculptures raised $46,000 for the hospital. […]

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UA Launches K-12 Fellows Program

From the October 2014 edition of Desktop News | Fifty art students from Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School and Westlawn Middle School visited The University of Alabama’s Paul R. Jones Gallery of Art on Oct. 8 and 9 as part of the gallery’s inaugural K-12 Fellows program. There was a student-assisted ribbon-cutting at the […]

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Woods Quad Sculpture Garden Opens

From the August 2014 Desktop News | Woods Quad has long been home to students filling sketchbooks and lounging between classes. Now, thanks to a recently completed renovation, it will serve as the University’s outdoor sculpture garden, featuring work by faculty and the very same students who call the quad “home.” A dedication ceremony for […]

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UA in the Birmingham Museum of Art

From the March 2014 Desktop News | Ten towering aluminum sculptures made from some 11,000 individual squares that evoke a patchwork design are on display at the Birmingham Museum of Art’s outdoor sculpture gallery, works created by Craig Wedderspoon, associate professor in the Department of Art and Art History. Wedderspoon has been a part of […]

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Collaborama Event Highlights Writing, Dance, Arts

Charlotte Olson, a junior dance major from Jasper, Ind., wrote the winning entry in this fall’s “Class with the Dean” social media contest, which asked students to tell the dean about their favorite class in the College of Arts and Sciences. Dean Bob Olin accompanied Olson to Associate Professor Sarah Barry’s undergraduate choreography class in […]

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Merkles Contribute Nearly $60,000 for Art Scholarships

Drs. Carol and Arthur Merkle of Fort Walton Beach, Fla. have contributed nearly $60,000 to establish The Carol B. Merkle Endowed Scholarship Fund, which will provide scholarships in the Department of Art and Art History. Nearly half of the Merkle’s gift was also matched in 2009 as part of a challenge grant by the Windgate […]

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Art Support Fund Established by Jack Drake

Russell J. “Jack” Drake of Birmingham has contributed $10,000 to establish The Russell J. Drake Endowed Support Fund, which will be used to support operating expenses in the Department of Art and Art History. Drake is a 1969 graduate of The University of Alabama School of Law. He serves on both the Paul Jones Advisory […]

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