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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 two 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 at the CAC and the Junior League Gallery 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

 Art Exhibit by students from the Tuscaloosa County Schools

Exhibit Dates: April 6-27
Reception: April 6 from 5-8 p.m. during First Friday

Background: An exhibit of art work created by students in the Tuscaloosa County School System will be on display in The Arts Council Gallery at the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center April 6-27, 2018. An opening reception will take place on April 6 from 5-8 p.m. during First Friday.

The exhibit will be composed of works by both middle and high school students. Each art teacher selected seven to ten pieces with the display including a variety of media. There are five high schools and eight middle schools in the TCSS.

The First Friday reception will also include performances by the Hillcrest High School Jazz Ensemble and vocal performances by the Musical Theatre Department in the Black Box Theatre. The jazz ensemble is under the direction of Kevin Thomas and Daniel Cubas, and the musical theatre instructor is Brent Jones.

Gallery hours are weekdays 9 a.m.- noon and 1-4 p.m.

For more information about all gallery events taking place on First Friday and the locations, visit www.firstfridaytuscaloosa.com.

 

Upcoming Exhibit

"Celebration & Preservation"

Exhibit Dates: May 4-25
Reception: May 4 from 5-8 p.m. during First Friday

Background:

“Celebration & Preservation” is an Alabama Bicentennial Commission Commemorative project celebrating two centuries of Alabama’s architectural history. Twenty-five pen-and-ink drawings of buildings from throughout the state have been created by Melissa B. Tubbs for a traveling exhibition that will be shown at six venues. The Arts Council of Tuscaloosa will host this exhibit May 4-25, 2018 at the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center with an opening reception taking place in the gallery on First Friday, May 4, from 5-8 p.m.

Tubbs has created finely-detailed drawings of the buildings that have played a part in the state’s history. “The works of “Celebration & Preservation” are accurate and beautiful representations of structures that endure, which makes the exhibition a testimony to what has been preserved,” says Jay Lamar, Executive Director of the Alabama Bicentennial Commission. “It is also a powerful statement about the value of preservation itself. “Celebration & Preservation” encourages viewers to see our architectural treasures with fresh appreciation. It will also inspire us to preserve them for the future.”

Tubbs has traveled the state photographing the buildings she selected to draw, as well as gathering their histories and facts for a 32-page catalog accompanying the exhibition. The drawings depict homes and businesses from 1820, one year after statehood, through 1997 with a project from the Rural Studio run by Auburn University. Pen and ink is a method of drawing with lines. Volume of objects and shadows are created using layers of lines know as hatching or cross-hatching. Pen-and-ink drawings encompass simple sketches to detailed, full blown drawings such as the images in the exhibition.

Melissa B. Tubbs has been a pen-and-ink artist for 26 years. Her work has been shown internationally and has received many awards. Tubbs created drawings for use on two of Strathmore Artist Papers drawing pad covers. She considers herself a preservationist with pen and paper. Her favorite proverb sheds light on her mission: “The wise man preserves that which he values and celebrates that which he preserves.”

Gallery hours are weekdays 9 a.m.- noon and 1-4 p.m.

For more information about all gallery events taking place on First Friday and the locations, visit www.firstfridaytuscaloosa.com.




 

 

 

 

 

 

Gallery Application for Exhibit

Email completed application to Sharron Rudowski 

Gallery Hours:

Weekdays

9:00am-12:00pm 

1:00-4:00 pm

First Friday Hours:

Noon to 8:00 pm