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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

14th Annual Double Exposure Statewide Photography Exhibit - Adult Division

Exhibit Dates: Now through February 24

Reception: February 3 from 5-8 p.m. during First Friday

Judging is complete and the winners selected in the 14th Annual Double Exposure Juried Photography competition for Alabama photographers. Double Exposure is the only statewide photography competition in Alabama and is sponsored by The Arts Council of Tuscaloosa. Artists were allowed to enter up to three works in either Adult or Junior categories, and any photographic medium was accepted. Elliot Knight, Visual Arts Program Manager for the Alabama State Council on the Arts, served as judge for the Adult Division.

Adult Division Winners:
$500 Purchase Award: "Tempus Fugit"-Warren Simons, Montgomery

$250 Awards of Excellence:
"Rust Bubbles" by Jim Morris, Tuscaloosa
"Bruised" by Martin Naugher, Northport
"The Colored Girl" by Joe'l Bethany Brock, Birmingham
"Fern Swirl" by Julia Washburn, Pelham

For information about the Junior Division Exhibit at the Junior League Gallery, follow this link.

Upcoming Exhibit

"Publicly Identified: Coming Out Activist in the Queen City"

Exhibit Dates: March 7-April 14, 2017 in the UA Gallery and The Arts Council Gallery

Background: A historical exhibition of Charlotte, North Carolina’s queer history is coming to The University of Alabama Gallery and The Arts Council Gallery March 7, 2017 and will be on display until April 14. The exhibition, “Publicly Identified: Coming Out Activist in the Queen City,” was created by UA alumnus Josh Burford while at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte, where he is the assistant director for sexual and gender diversity. In 2016, it was one of two exhibits to win the Allan Bérubé Prize, which recognizes outstanding work in public or community-based lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer history. Prior to coming to UA, the “Publicly Identified” exhibition premiered in 2014 at the Levine Museum of the New South in North Carolina. It currently includes an interactive timeline of Charlotte’s queer history as well as various artifacts, such as a tee shirt worn during Charlotte’s first pride parade, publications produced in Charlotte and a stained-glass window made for the first inclusive community center in Charlotte. The panels have been on display at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and at the Salisbury NC Pride festival.  This will be the first time the exhibit will travel outside of the state, and the timeline has been updated with new moments from Charlotte history.

Lecture, Book Signing, and Reception: To put the exhibit in historical context, UA's Department of American Studies will also be hosting a lecture March 7 at 5:30 p.m. in the Rotary Club of Tuscaloosa Black Box Theatre at Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center. The lecture, “Picturing Queer Souths”, is also free and open to the public and will be presented by visiting professor and alumnus Dr. John Howard of King’s College at the University of London. The lecture will be followed by a reception and a book signing, during which visitors are welcome to visit an additional exhibit at the arts center, “Family Matters,” which features photographs of queer youth from Alabama.






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