"Helen Keller Traveling Art Show"
Mobile— Artwork, part of a juried state-wide and international exhibit
from students with visual and/or hearing impairments, will be on
display in the University of South Alabama Library’s first floor
gallery from July 19, 2013, through September 20, 2013. The work is
created by students of all ages with sensory impairments in Alabama
public, private, home and residential schools. The artwork is part of
“The Helen Keller Art Show,” which features the winning entries of
various media of art made by the students. The show is unique with
emphasis on creativity, color and tactile media, and is free and open
to the public during Library hours.
The art show travels throughout the state of Alabama and is displayed
in several museums and agencies. Select pieces travel throughout the
United States and are exhibited in Washington D.C. and in the senate
and congressional offices. The grand prize winner’s art remains in a
permanent collection at Ivy Green in Tuscumbia, Helen Keller’s
Support for this statewide contest is provided through the UAB Vision
Science Research Center-Outreach Education Module, the UAB School of
Optometry, the UAB School of Education, the Helen Keller Birthplace
Foundation and the Alabama Federation of the Council for Exceptional
Children Helen Keller Chapter of the Division on Visual Impairments.
The Helen Keller Art Show was established in 1983 as a cooperative
project between agencies serving children with visual impairments. The
philosophy of the exhibit is that all participating students are
considered winners and teachers are encouraged to incorporate visual
arts into the individual educational plan of each student.
"Permanent Collection Exhibit"
The USA Library has worked diligently over the years to promote the
University and Mobile arts. The galleries at the Library feature more
than 10 shows a year and serve as venues to support and cultivate
local art. Currently displayed in the Mary Elizabeth and Charles
Bernard Rodning Gallery of Art, located on the third floor of the USA
Library, is an exhibit showcasing the Library’s permanent art
collection. This show provides a unique chance to view pieces that are
often not available to the public. The exhibit is on display through
July 2013 and is free and open to the public during Library hours.
Most of the pieces in the show have been donated to the Library from
prominent local artists. The pieces in the permanent collection are
placed throughout the Library in public service areas, offices and
various departments. Debby Sneed, a local abstract artist, recently
donated one of her paintings, “Sahara,” after showcasing her work in
the Rodning Gallery. Several of Michael Thomas Gillies nature
paintings are displayed in the exhibit, while his works normally
reside in the Circulation Department. Mary Rodning, for whom the
Rodning Gallery of art is named, also has a piece in the show.
The Library seeks to enhance the student experience by providing a
comfortable and approachable place to research and learn. The art
serves as a mechanism to enhance the academic environment by promoting
creativity and providing a visual learning opportunity. The University
Library is home to many gifts of art, including an original Rembrandt
etching donated to the University of South Alabama by the Class of
1963. Works have also been donated by local and regional artists,
including Linda Hall Tenhunfeld, Konstantyn Sylin, Susan Hales, Josh
Ashley, Michael Mastro, Martin Battilana, Russell Goodloe, among
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