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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


"Threes" Photography by Brenda Miller

Tulipe Noire by Brenda Miller

(Pictured left, "Tulipe Noir" by Brenda Miller)


Exhibit Dates: October 6-27, 2017

Reception: October 6 from 5-8 p.m. during First Friday

Background: The Arts Council will host an exhibit of the photography of Brenda Miller at the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center Oct. 6-27, 2017. Featured in The Arts Council Gallery, the display will be titled “Threes.” A reception honoring the artist will take place on Oct. 6 from 5-8 p.m. during First Friday. The exhibit will consist of 33 photographs in eleven themes in series of threes.

Photographer Brenda Miller is captivated by shapes, textures and patterns. These characteristics appear in her favorite subjects to photograph including architecture, landscapes and abstracts. From country roads to city blocks, she enjoys her journeys as much as the destinations.

While her previous two solo exhibits each had a single theme, for this collection the artist desired to further stretch the dual challenge of multiple themes and diverse formats. She settled on three, which was an appropriate, odd number of images for each set while allowing overall subject breadth.

“For ‘Threes,’ I started in the summer of 2016 by creating a list of approximately 50 possible subject themes with the goal of narrowing the list to 10-12. This was something fun to think about, especially while cycling, which I find meditative. While several subthemes were always definite, others would be scratched out and replaced with spontaneous inspirations. I also wanted most of the images to be new,” stated Miller.

Miller narrowed down the list and planned the required destinations for the images yet to capture. In 2017, she traveled around the South between San Antonio, Texas to the west and Beaufort, S.C. to the east. Some of her subject matter, such as the Ruins and the Missions, were chosen because of their historical and architectural intrigue.

Upcoming Exhibit


"Invoke" Works in Charcoal by Charlotte Wegrzynowski 


(Pictured left, "Flight" by Charlotte Wegrzynowski )


Exhibit Dates: November 3-22, 2017 (The gallery and offices will be closed November 23-24 for the Thanksgiving holiday.)

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

Works by Charlotte Wegrzynowski will be on display in The Arts Council Gallery at the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center Nov. 3-22, 2017. Titled “Invoke,” the exhibit of works in charcoal will open with a reception honoring the artist on Nov. 3 from 5-8 p.m. during First Friday.

The work of Charlotte Wegrzynowski is about a personal exploration of faith, identity, calling and belonging. She represents her own hands, which the artist finds as expressive as faces, but without the burden of identification or “likeness.” The images are inspired by a number of sources, including the experience of spiritual invocation as a function of ritual. “Some of these pieces are a call for renewal, guidance and blessing. Others are expressions of isolation, frustration and longing. All come from a very personal response to the conditions and challenges of everyday life,” noted the artist. Stepping up to the drawing on her easel offers her a way to channel her thinking and questioning.

Wegrzynowski received her BA from The University of the South and the MFA from The University of Alabama Book Arts Program. She has been an instructor at The University of Alabama since 2008 with her work shown both regionally and nationally.

Additional Exhibit on First Friday
The Cultural Art Center’s Black Box Theatre will be the setting for “An Evening of Original Art” by Friends in Art from 5-8 p.m. on Nov. 3. Consisting of artwork by Jane Evers, Sally Hines, Claire Nichols, Sandra Ray, Sharron Rudowski and Leska Taylor, this is the group’s 2nd First Friday only exhibit.


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