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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.

Fragmented and Forgotten, A Master of Arts Thesis Exhibition featuring the work of Amber Quinn

Exhibit Dates: Through July 24, 2020

An exhibit of photography and ceramic tiles by artist Amber Quinn is on display at the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center. According to the artist, this body of work intertwines Quinn’s lived experiences that she deals with as a black woman with those of American history. Her interest in the premise of the contrast of her unknown and involuntary inheritance from American history still plays a role in her life, although that history is often fragmented and incomplete. By focusing on the female slave’s perspective and narrative, Quinn’s images tackle the conversation about the effects of survivor's guilt while confronting a history she did not experience or witness. She utilizes self-portraiture to insert herself into the reality of an enslaved woman’s experience, the facade she had to maintain and how this idea of avoidance is still an issue in the present.

“The intent of this work is to bring attention to the relationship between oppression and suppression by comprehending notions of power dynamics, identity and Black womanhood,” said the artist.

This is a University of Alabama Department of Art and Art History master of arts thesis exhibition.

Amber Quinn received the BA in Arts from the University of Montevallo (2018). She recently completed her MA in studio arts (concentrated in photography) this past spring and will be continuing her MFA this fall, both at The University of Alabama. She was recently awarded a grant in The Arts Council’s Small Grants Program.



 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.

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