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The Arts Council Gallery

The Arts Council Gallery

The Arts Council Gallery located in the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center is one of three galleries managed by The Arts Council. Meeting the demand for additional exhibit space in Tuscaloosa, the gallery hosts a variety of exhibits by artists from around Alabama and the Southeast as well as artists from our own community. Exhibits in The Arts Council Gallery and the Junior League and Greensboro Room Galleries located in the Bama Theatre, are displayed on a rotating basis and are usually booked several months in advance.

Exhibit openings at both The Arts Council and The University of Alabama Galleries in the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center take place on First Fridays from 5-8 pm and are free and open to the public.


Current Exhibit

Frank EngleBethany Windham Engle

 Painted wood by Frank Engle (left) and "Leaves and Berries" (right) by Bethany Windham Engle



“Retrospective,” an Exhibit Featuring the Work of Bethany Windham Engle and Frank Engle



Exhibit Dates: June 2-30, 2017

First Friday Reception: June 2 from 5-8 p.m.

“Retrospective,” an exhibit featuring the work of Bethany Windham Engle and Frank Engle will be displayed at the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center June 2-30, 2017. The exhibit, consisting of two and three dimensional pieces in a wide range of media, will be displayed in both The University of Alabama and The Arts Council Galleries.

An opening reception will be held on June 2, 2017 from 5-8 p.m. during First Friday. The reception and exhibit are free and open to the public.

Bethany Windham Engle
Bethany Windham Engle (1932-) has been an integral part of the Alabama art scene for over 60 years during which time she taught art in several West Alabama institutions including Shelton State Community College, The University of Alabama, the University of West Alabama and in the Tuscaloosa County school system. She was part of the integration team in the Tuscaloosa County schools and was one of the founding faculty of Shelton State Community College. Her educational background includes the A.A. from Stephens College, Mo. and the B.F.A, M.A. and Ed.D. from The University of Alabama. Her work has appeared in both national and international competitions as well as publications such as "Eyes On: Abstracts," "CPS to the Point," "Art Galleries and Artists of the South," "Best of Worldwide Artists: Charcoal, Pastel and Pencil," "Best of Worldwide Landscape Artists," "Best of America: Watermedia Artists," "Strokes of Genius" and "Strokes of Genius: The Best of Drawing." For many years her works were exhibited in her gallery at Artist’s Row in Northport.

Frank L. Engle
Frank L. Engle (1916-2002) was an internationally known sculptor, designer, painter, glass artisan, ceramicist and professor. Engle completed numerous commissioned works, the majority of which were in welded steel, lead, fiberglass and plaster. He attended the John Herron Art Institute (now part of Indiana University in Indianapolis) and did graduate studies in sculpture with an emphasis in ceramics at the University of California. His design career began at Lockheed Aircraft Corporation after which he founded Engle Studios, producing decorative designs for home décor. He also did private commissions including designs for Ford Motor Company and The Shamrock Hotel in Dallas, Texas.

Engle taught at the University of Iowa and Evansville University in 1949, sold the studio, then joined The University of Alabama faculty in its newly created art department. He won numerous awards, participated in single and group exhibitions, spent time as a research scholar in Europe and served as a representative for the non-profit American Craft Council. In the late 1960s, Engle began teaching ceramics at The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) to help establish what would later become the UAB Art Department.

 In 1980, Engle retired as Professor Emeritus of Art. He continued to work from his home and studio and received numerous commissions.  His work is included in many private, public, university, church, and corporate collections in the United States, Mexico and Europe. In 1994, Engle was presented with the Distinguished Career Award by the Society for the Fine Arts and the College of Arts and Sciences at The University of Alabama. A room in Woods Hall in the Department of Art at the University of Alabama was named in his honor. Engle died on February 20, 2002, in Tuscaloosa, and his ashes were interred on the grounds of Windy Hill, his home in Tuscaloosa County.



Upcoming Exhibit

Matt Daugherty





 "Whitest Last Leg" by Matt Daugherty; Acrlyic on wood


“Dark Patriot,” an Exhibit Featuring the Work of Matt Daugherty

Exhibit Dates: July 7-28, 2017

First Friday Reception: July 7 from 5-8 p.m. during First Friday


“Dark patriot is a body of paintings that explores American political extremisms and the connection between religion, the entertainment industry and political influences,” said Daugherty. The exhibit takes the viewer through the divided American political landscape and the seeming lack of moderate politics by way of the artist’s exploration of conspiracy theories and propaganda from both the political left and right. 

As Daugherty dove into non-traditional media outlets via the internet, he found himself fascinated by stories making claims with the intent of swaying public opinion. “These conspiracy theories appear to me to be fantastic science fiction. In all honesty, I do have moments where I think ‘maybe.’ ” That "maybe" state of mind is where the artist begins.  He views these paintings as less of a personal visual diatribe of his own beliefs and more of an exploration of fantastic stories presented as truth and how that trickles down to an individual’s vote.

Matt Daugherty received his BFA from The University of Alabama in 2000. He has exhibited his work at the Gadsden Center of Cultural Arts, The Sella-Granata Gallery and at Grace Aberdean Habitat Alchemy. He is a life-long resident of Alabama and resides in Tuscaloosa with his daughter Olivia.



Gallery Application for Exhibit

Email completed application to Sharron Rudowski 

Gallery Hours:



1:00-4:00 pm

First Friday Hours:

Noon to 8:00 pm