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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.


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

Reflecting BoyImage: "Reflecting Boy: Waiting for Chariots"

Exhibit Dates: February 5-26, 2021

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.


March Exhibit
Elizabeth Rand: “Eye Music"

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


The Arts Council of Tuscaloosa will host an exhibit of photography by Elizabeth Rand March 5-26, 2021 in The Arts Council Gallery at the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center. Titled “Eye Music,” the exhibit will open with a reception on March 5 from 5-8 p.m. during the First Friday Art Walk in Downtown Tuscaloosa.

Elizabeth Rand retired from her medical practice of Psychiatry in Tuscaloosa, Ala. in 2005 and moved with her husband and dog to Paris for a year. There, she revived her lifelong interest in photography after a 35 year hiatus. Immersed in the sights and lights of Paris and also stimulated by the opportunity to travel across several continents, she has created a large body of workprimarily in color. Having given up the darkroom and film for the moment, Rand currently uses two digital cameras, an Olympus OM-D E-M1 mirrorless and a Nikon D-80 for macro.

Rand has had the opportunity to participate in several group shows in Paris beginning in 2010 and more recently in Tuscaloosa. These are detailed on her website.  In addition, in Paris she created the front and back cover photos for the 2012 edition of "Bloom Where You're Planted,” and in Tuscaloosa she contributed to a project entitled "Beauty Amid Destruction" sponsored by local artists following the devastating 2011 tornado.  In 2015 Rand created a reportage series documenting the work of a Paris soup kitchen, Friday Mission Lunch, sponsored by a consortium of five Paris congregations. This was exhibited for six weeks as part of a major fund drive.

Previous solo exhibits include those at The American Cathedral in Paris and Manna Grocery in Tuscaloosa in 2017.

Awards include those in the 2014 web blog "eyepreferparis" for unusual photos of the Eiffel Tower and in 2018 Alabama’s  statewide Double Exposure  Competition, Adult Division, for the image “Crematorium.”

Special recognition is given to Paul Rand, curator of this exhibit, and to Abby Wiersma, fine art printer at Art Editions & Gallery, in Birmingham , Ala.

For more information about the artist, visit www.elizabethhrand.com.

Previous group exhibits include:

"Paris Insolite", Greenlane Gallery, Paris, May 25-June 6, 2010

"L'esprit de Lieu", Grace Tashima Gallery, Paris, May 21-29, 2011

"There and Now", Galérie B&B, Paris, April 24-May 1, 2013

"Mois de Photo", WICE Members' Gallery, Paris, Nov.3, 2013-Jan. 16, 2014

"Where Christians Worship in the Deep South" (a selection), WICE Members' Gallery,          March 11 - April 26, 2015

"The Stillness of Time", Monod Gallery, Paris, Nov. 18 - 28, 2015

"2018 Double Exposure Exhibit",  Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center, Tuscaloosa,       AL, February 2-23, 2018

Previous solo exhibits:

"Friday Mission Lunch 2015", a reportage series on a Paris soup kitchen, exhibited at         The American Cathedral in Paris, Feb. 10-March 24, 2016 and at The American Church in Paris, April 3 and 10, 2016.  (See write-up in Trinité, Vol.11, No. 2, Spring 2016, pp 26-27)

"The Stillness of Time", Manna Grocery, Tuscaloosa, AL, Sept. 29-Oct. 31, 2017.


2014 (May): One of 3 winners of competition sponsored by web blog "eyepreferparis" for    unusual photos of the Eiffel Tower

2018 Double Exposure Statewide Competition, Adult Division; 3 photos accepted for           exhibition.  This current exhibit, “Eye Music”, is the result of having been awarded “Best in Show” at that 2018 exhibit for the image “Crematorium.”





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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