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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.


Current Exhibit


Clayton Colvin "Waves"

UA MFA Alumni Exhibit

Exhibit Dates: August 3-September 7
Reception: Open during Aug. 3 and Sept. 7 First Fridays from 5-8 p.m. with artist reception taking place on Sept. 7

(pictured right, "Waves" by Clayton Colvin)

Background: An exhibit of works by University of Alabama master of fine arts alumni will be featured in The Arts Council and The University of Alabama Galleries at the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center Aug. 3-Sept. 28, 2018. The displays will be featured during First Friday events on both Aug. 3 and Sept. 7 from 5-8 p.m. with an artist reception held on Sept. 7.

MFA graduates Clayton Colvin, James Davis, Claire Lewis Evans, Amy Feger, Darius Hill, Barbara Kilgore, Meredith Knight, April Livingston, Joe McCreary, Lisa Marie Michitti, Andy Pruett, Aynslee Moon Smithee, Astri Snodgrass, Anna Katherine Vinson, Stephen Watson, Tom Wegrzynowski, Turner Williams and Kelsey Windham will exhibit recent works in a wide variety of media including sculpture, painting, drawing, printmaking, digital media and more. The exhibition is coordinated by MFA alumna Anne Herbert and sponsored by the UA College of Arts and Sciences and The Arts Council of Tuscaloosa.

Gallery hours are 9 a.m.-noon and 1 - 4 p.m. on weekdays and noon-8 p.m. on First Fridays. Admission is free.

For additional information about Tuscaloosa exhibit openings on First Friday including hours and locations, visit www.firstfridaytuscaloosa.com.

Upcoming Exhibit

Clayton Colvin "Waves"

Gay Burke: The Mother of Alabama Photography

Exhibit Dates: October 5-26
Reception: 5-8 p.m. during First Friday



Background: The Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center will feature two exhibits dedicated to the work of UA photography professor Gay Burke and her students during the month of October. A retrospective exhibit of Burke’s works will be displayed in The Arts Council Gallery Oct. 5-26, 2018. A corresponding exhibit composed of work by her students will be displayed in The University of Alabama Gallery at the same time. The displays will be featured during First Friday on Oct. 5 from 5-8 p.m. with a reception.

In 1973, Gay Burke was hired to teach photography in the UA art department when it was still suspect as a fine art medium. Burke, who had come from the University of Florida where she had studied under renowned photographer and photomontage innovator Jerry Uelsmann, became the first female tenured in UA’s male-dominated art department. Her black and white imagery revealed unexpected, often fantastical juxtapositions. An early artist statement suggests some of what she passed on to her students: “While I enjoy the sheer beauty of the photographic print and the darkroom techniques that bring this into being, it is the process of discovery that excites me most. I believe that photography is not only a process of self-exploration and self-expression; it is magic–pure and simple.” (courtesy www.art.ua.edu)

Gay Burke passed away on May 1, 2017, but for over four decades she developed a distinguished art photography program in The University of Alabama’s Department of Art and Art History, while creating her own artwork. A retrospective exhibition, “Gay Burke: The Mother of Alabama Art Photography,” will be on display in The Arts Council Gallery.

The Alabama State Council on the Arts is assisting with the curation and exhibition of Burke’s former students’ works, “Butterfly Effect: Honoring the Legacy of Gay Burke,” that will be held in The University of Alabama Gallery.The display will feature 36 artists who studied under Professor Gay Burke over the course of Burke’s 42-year career at UA.

Former students Elliot Knight and Andy Meadows identified twelve former students of Gay Burke’s spanning the years from 1973 until her retirement in 2015. Each artist was asked to invite two additional photographers to participate. The exhibition will feature work that the artists created during their college years as well as work they created more recently. The exhibitors include Barbara Lee Black, Wanrudee Buranakorn, Jeffrey Byrd, Jenny Fine, Elliot Knight, Andy Meadows, Sarah Cusimano Miles, Greg Randall and Wayne Sides.

 Visit: https://art.ua.edu/loupe/forty-years-of-proof-sheets/

Gallery Application for Exhibit

Email completed application to Sharron Rudowski 

Gallery Hours:



1:00-4:00 pm

First Friday Hours:

Noon to 8:00 pm