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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.

Gallery Hours are weekdays from 1-3 p.m. The venue is following guidelines set forth by the City of Tuscaloosa Mask Ordinance so visitors are asked to wear a mask when visiting.


Febraruy Exhibit
Winfred Hawkins: “Akachi: Hand of God"

Exhibit Dates: February 5-26, 2021
Reception: February 5 from 5-8 p.m. during First Friday

The Arts Council of Tuscaloosa will host an exhibit of paintings by Winfred Hawkins in recognition of Black History Month Feb. 5-26, 2021 in The Arts Council Gallery at the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center. Titled “Akachi: Hand Of God,” the exhibit will open with a reception on from 5-8 p.m. during the First Friday Art Walk in Downtown Tuscaloosa.

Akachi is an Igbo word from west Africa that means "Hand Of God." The Igbo term evokes the history of slaves shipped to the Americas through the transatlantic slave trade, the majority of whom came from central and west Africa. Hawkins says of his work, "This show is a combination of various works that I have been working on since my arm injury in 2012. Reflecting Boy is an ongoing series that focuses on my experiences growing up in Montgomery, Alabama. In a way, this work pays homage to my younger self. The 'Boy' is in the act of reflecting upon something that has happened, or is currently happening to him."

Born in Montgomery, Winfred Hawkins started drawing at an early age. He developed his drafting skills by watching his father draw and by copying animals from nature books. “I was basically a copying machine. I would draw just about anything you put in front of me,” Hawkins says.

While attending high school at Booker T. Washington Magnet High School in Montgomery, Hawkins was commissioned by the Rosa Parks Museum at Troy University to design ten bronze roundels for the outside of the museum. He completed the project after graduating from Savannah College of Art and Design in 2007. Since that time Hawkins has been working as a graphic designer in Montgomery. In 2020 he worked with two other artists to create a mural on the side of The King’s Canvas art studio in Montgomery on historic Oak Street, along the route where hundreds of Selma to Montgomery marchers walked to the State Capitol in 1965. He also works as Programs Manager for ArtsRevive in Selma.

For more information about Winfred Hawkins' work on YouTube, Instagram and Facebook, search for 33Akachi.

For more information about the gallery and Hawkins’ exhibit, visit cac.tuscarts.org/cacgallery. The galleries available during First Friday are available for viewing at www.firstfridaytuscaloosa.com.

Current Hours at The Arts Council Gallery at the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center are weekdays 1 p.m.- 3 p.m.

The Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center is located at 620 Greensboro Avenue in downtown Tuscaloosa. For more information about The Arts Council or Bama Theatre, patrons should follow and like “The Arts Council – Bama Theatre – Cultural Arts Center” on Facebook and Twitter and also Instagram @tuscaloosaartscouncil. Call 205-758-5195 or visit tuscarts.org for further information.





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 Sharron Rudowski 

Gallery Layout and Dimensions

Gallery Hours:
1-3 p.m.
Social Distancing Guidelines Enforced

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