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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


"Publicly Identified: Coming Out Activist in the Queen City" in the UA Gallery and "Family Matters" in The Arts Council Gallery

Exhibit Dates: March 7-April 14

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

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 and Book Signing: 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 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. "Family Matters" will be on display through April 14 also.






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