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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 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.


June Exhibit:

Jamie Adams: "A Stuttering Warren"

Exhibit Dates: June 7-28

The Arts Council of Tuscaloosa will present an exhibit by Jamie Adams titled “A Stuttering Warren” June 7-28, 2019 in The Arts Council Gallery at the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center. An artist reception open to the public will take place on June 7 from 5-8 p.m. during First Friday.

In this collection of new ceramic work by Jamie Adams, Assistant Professor of 3D Art at West Texas A & M University, the artist said his inspiration derives from a childhood spent in a profoundly religious family in rural North Alabama. “Spirituality and communal responsibility continue to be prominent themes in my artwork,” Adams said. “I often hide those themes behind diverse imagery from rabbits and dinosaurs to piles of skull. But in the end, all the work is about similar experiences I had with other young men growing up in the rural South.”

Each of the pieces in the exhibit was created from terracotta and fritware, a type of ceramic that dates back to the ninth century A.D. “I make my own fritware bodies, based on historic recipes and modern research and my own trial and error,” Adams said. “Fritware is made mostly of silica, something that makes this work different from clay-based ceramics.”

Adams earned his B.F.A. degree in painting from Montevallo University and an M.F.A in ceramics from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.

Adams’ work has been in over 70 local, regional, national, and international exhibitions, including “NOT Approved by the Comics Code Authority, TOO!” at the Zuckerman Museum of Art at Kennesaw State University, Ga.; “Cup: The Intimate Object IV” at Charlie Cummings Gallery in Fort Wayne, Ind.; “Craft Forms” at the Wayne Art Center in Wayne, Pa.; “8 Fluid Ounces” at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, La.; “Cooper” at Cloud Gallery in Seattle, Wash.; “Paper in Particular” at Columbia College in Columbia, Mo.; “The Game Show” at the Contemporary Craft Museum in Portland, Ore.; “Gulf States Rising” at the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art in Biloxi, Miss. and many others. His artwork has received many awards including The Karen Burgess-Smith Award at the Ceramics Biennial in Manchester, N.H. and Best in Show at the Gulf States Rising Exhibition at the George Ohr Museum. Adams’ artwork is also in many private residences throughout the U.S. and is in several public collections including The University of Alabama, Erie Art Museum, Francis Marion University and The Amity Art Foundation.

July Exhibit:

Christopher Davenport: “Pour la Enfants” (For the Children)

Davenport Image

Exhibit Dates: July 2-26

An exhibit by artist and educator Christopher Davenport titled “Pour la Enfants” (For the Children) will be featured at The Arts Council Gallery at the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center. The display will be open to the public July 2-26, 2019 with an opening reception held on Tuesday, July 2 from 5-8 p.m. The Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center will not be open on First Friday, July 5, due to the July 4 holiday on Thursday.

The exhibit will consist of woodcut monoprints on Arches BFK Reeves paper. These layered prints are playful representations of our relationship with the ecological memory and identity of our region.

Chris Davenport tells stories of ecology, place, and people through photographs, film, handmade paper, and the artist book. As a teaching artist, he leads courses in Documentary and Conservation Photography, Image and Identity, The Art of Protest, Film and the Environment, Art & Ecology, and Environmental Research & Advocacy at The University of Alabama. He also teaches Book Arts, Conceptual Arts, Fundamental Drawing, 2D design, and 4D Design (time-based contemporary art) at The University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Additional projects include teaching photography, artist books, paper, and printing at the Penland School of Craft. His work has been cited at National and International Book Arts, Ecology, and Library and Information Science conferences as representations of ecological, social, and cultural issues and data. His photographs, films, paper, and artist books are in public and private collections.

For more information about Christopher Davenport, visit his website at https://pocketknifepress.com.


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