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The University of Alabama Gallery

The University of Alabama Gallery is 1,500 square feet and offers a year-round schedule of exhibitions of artistic works, artifacts, textiles and more from permanent collections held by The University of Alabama as well as works by faculty, students, guest artists and designers.

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.

Visit The University of Alabama Gallery's new website at uagallery.as.ua.edu.

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 5:30-7:30 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 open Weekdays from 9 am - 5 pm & the First Friday of every month Noon to 8 pm.

Gallery Hours

Weekdays: 9 am - 5 pm

First Friday: Noon - 8 pm