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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.

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.


December/January Exhibit:

West Alabama Juried Show

Exhibit Dates: December 6-20, 2019 and January 2-10, 2020
Opening Reception: December 6 from 5-8 p.m. during First Friday

The Arts Council’s 34th Juried Show for West Alabama artists will be displayed in The Arts Council Gallery at the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center Dec. 6-20, 2019 and Jan. 2-10, 2020. A public opening reception honoring the winners will be held on Dec. 6 from 5-8 p.m. during First Friday.

West Alabama artists were allowed to submit up to three works for judging including two and three dimensional pieces. The competition will be judged by Ted Metz. Metz joined the faculty at the University of Montevallo in 1973 and retired as Professor Emeritus in 2016.

Established in 1985, the West Alabama Juried Show represents The Arts Council’s mission to promote the arts in Tuscaloosa County. The exhibit offers local artists the opportunity to have their work displayed in a public setting and possibly win cash awards for their efforts.

In addition to the WAJS opening, local caricature artist, Kevin Van Hyning, will be on hand to draw cartoon portraits. Patrons can view the artist as he draws people in person, and go home with a memorable and amusing keep sake of First Friday. Hyning is a professional illustrator and graphic designer and has been drawing in some form or fashion since early childhood. Visit his website for a sample of his work.



Gallery Application for Exhibit

Email completed application to Sharron Rudowski 

Gallery Layout and Dimensions

Gallery Hours:
9:00am-12:00pm & 
1:00-4:00 pm

First Friday Hours:
Noon to 8:00 pm

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