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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.



Upcoming Exhibit

Tuscaloosa Can!"Tuscaloosa Can!" Project Inaugural Exhibit

Exhibit Dates: February 26-March 2, 2018
Reception: March 2 from 5-8 p.m. during First Friday with awards presentation at
5:45 p.m.

Background: The Tuscaloosa City Schools will host the inaugural “Tuscaloosa Can!” project and service learning event the week of February 26, 2018. In a continued response to the persistent concern of food insecurity in the lives of citizens in West Alabama, this year’s expanded event features over 20 school teams creating large sculptures made from canned food items. After the structures are built, the creations remain on display to the public as a giant art exhibition. At the end of the viewing, all food is donated to the West Alabama Food Bank.

In an effort to expand awareness of food insecurity in the West Alabama community and increase the volume of food donated from this project, this year’s structures will be on display the week of Feb. 26-March 2 at downtown Tuscaloosa venues including the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center, Paul R. Jones Gallery, Harrison Galleries, UPerk, and Monarch Espresso Bar. Awards will be presented to school teams at the First Friday event held on March 2 at 5:45 p.m. at the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center. The public is encouraged to attend and complete the First Friday Art Walk to view all of the structures.

Over the past four years, Tuscaloosa City students and schools have raised nearly 30,000 pounds of food for the West Alabama Food Bank through similar projects. As part of our growing partnerships with The Arts Council of Tuscaloosa and the West Alabama Food Bank, we invite other public or private schools and higher education institutions to join our cause as this event grows toward 2019.

The event fits with the vision of 21st century curriculum goals by providing students opportunities for service-based, collaborative, hands-on learning targeting real world problems – in this case, regional hunger. Students integrate the skills of math and geometry, art and design, physics and engineering, as well as 3D rendering in creating their structures.







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