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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.


October/November Exhibit
First Friday Hours 5-7 p.m.

Mary Kerr: "People, Places, and Things"

Exhibit Dates: October 1-November 19
First Friday Reception: October 1 during First Friday Art Walk from 5-7 p.m.

The Arts Council of Tuscaloosa will host an exhibit of paintings by artist Mary Kerr
October 1-November 19, 2021 in The Arts Council Gallery at the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center in Tuscaloosa.

Titled “People, Places, and Things,” the exhibit is composed of Kerr’s recent works in oil on both canvas and panels. The paintings will range in size from 5” x 7” (excluding frame) to 30” x 40” (excluding frame) with the subject matter including portraits, still-lifes, and landscapes.

Kerr was raised in Meridian, Miss. and after high school attended Meridian Junior College and then Mississippi State College for Women (now Mississippi University for Women) where she received a BFA in art.  She then attended The University of Alabama where she earned teaching certification and MA and PhD degrees in education.  Most of her 32-year teaching career was with junior-high students in the Tuscaloosa County Schools, but she also taught at The University of Alabama and in the Tuscaloosa City Schools. She actively pursued painting during the years that she was teaching and raising her family with her husband Gary, also an artist and former educator. She is now retired from teaching and is enjoying spending more time as an active artist.

On the local level, Kerr’s work has been recognized and awarded in The Arts Council’s West Alabama Juried Show and in various solo and group exhibits. In 1989 she was awarded by The Arts Council with the inaugural Druid Arts Award for Visual Artist Educator of the year. Her work has been shown both throughout Alabama and regionally.

The exhibit will be open to the public weekdays from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.  The display will be open during the First Friday Art Walks on October 1 and November 5 from 5-7 p.m., reflecting the updated Art Walk hours at the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center. Other galleries will continue to be open during their preferred times as listed on www.firstfridaytuscaloosa.com

Visit www.marypkerr.com to view more of her work.







Fragmented and Forgotten by Artist Amber Quinn- July 2020


 Selected Pieces from The Permanent Collection- June 2020


Gallery Application for Exhibit

Email completed application to Sheriah Gibson

Gallery Layout and Dimensions

Gallery Hours:
9 a.m.- 4 p.m.

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