From Ceramics to Needlework: Art Exhibits to Enjoy This Spring – University of Alabama News

Pete Schulte, Untitled, 2021, graphite, ink on paper, 11 x 11 inches. Image courtesy of the artist.

Sarah Moody Art Gallery

Every two years, UA studio art teachers display their ongoing art research in a group exhibit for the community. The 2022 Faculty Biennial Exhibition opens February 3 with an artists’ reception from 4-6 p.m. The exhibition runs until March 11 at the Sarah Moody Gallery of Art, located in Garland Hall.

Gallery director and associate professor William Dooley, who curated the faculty’s exhibitions for three decades, emphasized the element of discovery built into each exhibition: “With our new faculty added to the mix and use of materials and innovative approaches to artistic production, the works display a wealth of artistic depth that will make this year’s show a great opportunity for the University and Tuscaloosa community and all art lovers in our region.

Paul R. Jones Museum

“Together for Creativity: A Collaboration with Central Elementary School” is an exhibition of artwork from the Paul R. Jones Collection and artwork by fifth-grade students from Central Elementary of Tuscaloosa. The exhibit runs through February 25, and there will be an artists’ reception on February 4, from 5 to 8 p.m., at the Paul R. Jones Museum during the First Friday festivities in downtown Tuscaloosa.

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“Together for Creativity” will exhibit approximately 50 works by local fifth-grade students.

Last fall, museum director Daniel White gave fifth-grade students a tour of the museum during the recent exhibit “Forward Movement: Selections from the Collection of Johnny and Allison Howze.” The Howzes, inspired by Paul R. Jones, have collected works primarily by African-American artists since 1997.

Dr. Wendy Castenell, who teaches African American art history at UA and leads the organizing committee for “Together for Creativity,” spoke to students after the tour of African Americans as Artists Who create art about black history and culture.

Working alongside the UA faculty of art and their own art teacher, the students created works such as ceramic tiles, sculptures, self-portraits and small prints. “Together for Creativity” will exhibit approximately 50 student-made artworks, with each student selecting their strongest work.

This exhibit and program were made possible by grants from the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

needlepoint image of Duke Ellington
Leanna Leithauser-Lesley, “Duke Ellington”, tapestry. Image courtesy of the artist. (AU Gallery)

The University of Alabama Gallery

“Shaken By the Roots: Works by Leanna Leithauser-Lesley” runs through February 25, with an artist reception on February 4 from 5-7 p.m. The gallery is located in the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center at 620 Greensboro Ave.

Fiber artist Leithauser-Lesley defines herself as “a passionate pointer, driven by the power of jazz music, the drama of photography and the intent to raise awareness of tapestry as an art form” . His subjects include jazz icons like Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Dave Brubeck, Ray Charles, Thelonious Monk, Jelly Roll Morton, King Oliver, Dinah Washington and Nina Simone.

“Leanna Leithauser-Lesley’s highly skilled needlepoint portraits offer another view of what portraiture is,” noted UA Gallery Director Daniel White. “The title ‘Shaken By the Roots’ highlights the role that jazz has played as an influence on other forms of American music.”

She has had solo exhibitions of her needlepoint portraits and her work has been selected for numerous juried and guest exhibitions.

University Medical Center

rocky cliff landscape painting
Deborah Hughes, “Loon Point,” courtesy of the artist.

“Dimensions, Doodles and Dreams,” an eclectic mix of art by veteran artists and curated by artist Deborah Hughes, will run through the end of March.

Wellness Walls for Art is an ongoing exhibition series sponsored by the University Medical Center at 850 Peter Bryce Boulevard.

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William E. Bennett