"Marx Library’s Newest Exhibit Explores Stereotypes Through Photography"
Mobile — Exploring the effects of societal influence on individuals is
at the core of the latest photography display at the USA Marx Library.
Katie Walden, a USA student pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree
with a concentration in photography, has created the exhibit entitled,
"Stereotypes and Judgment: Enough is Enough." The show is designed to
focus on the individual person as opposed to their body type or
achievements and roles within society. The exhibit is showcased in the
first floor gallery of the library and will remain on display through
February 2014. The gallery is free and open to the public during
The exhibit consists of six models photographed in four different
images to represent stereotypes and societal influence. The first
image depicts the model fully nude to represent a blank slate, while
the second image displays the model partially covered with something
known to be a big societal influence, such as magazines or computers.
The third image shows the model wearing clothing meant to be gender
specific. The fourth photograph displays the model with something they
love or enjoy doing, but blurs the model’s face, meant to show the
media’s trend toward classifying people and refusing to acknowledge
those who do not fit into the defined mold.
"Through this work, I aim to move my viewing audience into a state of
awareness and understanding by encouraging my viewers to re-evaluate
what they find meaningful in other people and in themselves," said
Walden. "This body of work calls attention to the negatives that come
from solely focusing on gender-role stereotypes and body image."
Walden, a native of Eufaula, Alabama, spends most of her time taking
photographs or working in the darkroom developing film. In the summer
of 2013, Walden was selected and commissioned by the UCUR Program to
create the current display, which is her largest project to date.
"Marx Library Showcases USA Professor’s Local Bird Photography"
Mobile— Native Alabama birds, vivid color, and various local area sights are the staples for the current photography display in the glass cases in the Mary Elizabeth and Charles Bernard Rodning Gallery of Art. Cindy Stanfield, associate professor in Biomedical Sciences, has put together a collection of her photographs, including snapshots of eagles, cranes, woodpeckers, dragonflies and bees. All of her pictures were taken in the Mobile, Southern Alabama and Mississippi area and many were taken on the USA Campus, including one display case featuring photography from the wetlands. The exhibit is currently on display and will remain on the third floor through the end of the semester. The gallery is free and open to the public during library hours.
Stanfield spends her lunch breaks at the wetlands, on USA’s campus, and Municipal Park photographing the various wildlife. She also likes to use her spare time to take pictures of nature in several local venues including Dauphin Island, Bayou La Batre and her own back yard. She also travels to Mississippi and has taken pictures of Mississippi Sandhill Cranes, a species with only 200 birds left. One of her pictures of a Sandhill Crane family is featured in the show.
“My husband gave me a DSLR camera three years ago and I have fallen in love with photographing nature,” said Stanfield. “I find the water birds to be fascinating.”
Originally from California, Stanfield enjoys spending time taking in the Alabama wildlife and preserving it through photography. Her office is filled with colorful pictures she has taken and she also has her images displayed on the 4th floor circle in the Allied Health Building. She continues to perfect her skill through the continuing education photography courses offered by USA.
The University of South Alabama Library displays exhibits throughout the year. For more information regarding showcases, please visit www.southalabama.edu/librarygalleries/. All displays are open to the public during Library hours. To view the Library hours please visit www.southalabama.edu/univlib/info/hours.html.
"USA Art Instructor Displays Nature Collages at Marx Library"
Collages featuring natural influences and focusing on botanical
illustration are currently on display in the Mary Elizabeth and
Charles Bernard Rodning Gallery of Art at the USA Marx Library. USA
instructor and Printmaking and Foundations Coordinator, Megan Moore,
has created an exhibit with representational elements of flora and
fauna found in the ‘natural world.’ Moore’s exhibit displays her
process of sampling, deconstruction, and reconstruction, which come
together to form something new. The exhibit is showcased in the
Rodning Gallery on the third floor of the Library and will remain on
display through February 2014. The gallery is free and open to the
public during Library hours.
Moore’s process is a repetitive series of drawing, creating plates,
cutting, collaging, and coloring. She creates new printmaking plates
and prints them repeatedly, experimenting with color and paper along
the way. Moore says her process of collage is both intentional and
highly intuitive. Each piece’s placement on the substrate depends on
those glued before it; decisions about placement are reactions to what
is already there.
Moore’s work makes use of nature-inspired imagery that is being
replicated and distorted and ultimately assembled into abstracted
formations. She has been interested in flora and fauna since she was a
child, when her free time was spent exploring her father’s garden or
biking through neighboring orchards. In the past two years, Moore has
moved and traveled quite a bit and as she explores each new landscape,
she has been collecting images of plants and organisms native to the
different areas. She has amassed a small library of images from these
explorations and this collection of images is vital to her process.
"I am continually feeding new forms into my collection and each new
addition marks a spot along my journey," said Moore. "Though I have
recently been focusing on botanical illustration and species from my
father’s garden, my reference material has previously included a wide
range of sources, including, but not limited to, old biology and
medical books, mandalas, scientific slides, fabric patterns, art
nouveau jewelry, and Victorian wallpaper."
"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.
"Photographs by Mallory Tew"
Mobile— Native Mobilian and USA attendee, Mallory Tew, describes his
work as eclectic as he draws inspiration from so many different
sources, influences and environments. Several of his photographs,
depicting his unique style, will be on display at the University of
South Alabama Library in the first floor gallery. The exhibit will be
on display from May 01, 2013, through July 19, 2013, and is free and
open to the public during Library hours.
Tew draws inspiration for his photographs from a variety of sources
including music, politics and life in general. His artistic influences
include Ansel Adams, Jackson Pollack, Monet, Van Gogh, Andy Warhol,
and Thomas Kincade. Tew considers himself to be a photoist, which he
defines as candid situational photography, from the hip and mind.
“Capturing of a moment in a way that represents my view of the moment,
my reality, and my ability to express it through the photograph is
what I strive to accomplish,” said Tew. “In the end, I try to make
interesting and visually pleasing photos.”
Tew describes his process by comparing it to that of a sculptor, who
tries to release the shape or piece that is already inherent in the
material he is working with at the time. Tew says he strives to
accomplish the same feat by putting himself into different situations
and locations that will provide opportunities for different subject
matter and what he determines to be interesting or relevant to focus
"Young Surgeons, Engineers and Mathematicians do ORIGAMI"
Mobile--Local elementary and middle school children have brought Asian art, including Sumi-e, Japanese calligraphy, Gyotaku, Suminagashi and Origami to the area with a lively show filled with broad strokes, color and unique style. The art work is currently on display in the first floor gallery at the University of South Alabama Library. The artwork is part of a collection made by students, participating in an Asian Art class funded by the Community Foundation of South Alabama. The students' work will be on display through Thursday, February 28, 2013. The exhibit is free and open to the public during library hours.
The students studied several types of Asian art including Sumi-e art, which is ink brush painting, Gyotaku, which is fish printing, and Suminagashi, which is floating ink-paper marbling. The collection consists of work made by 30 students selected to take part in the class. The students were chosen from the Semmes area elementary and middle schools, as well as local home school students.
The class was taught over a course of six weeks by four instructors trained in the Asian arts. The class met during the summer on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Mary Rodning, for whom the Rodning Gallery of Art located on the third floor of the library is named, was an instructor of the class and an essential advocate for having the class's art displayed in both the USA Library and the Semmes Public Library.
The University of South Alabama Rodning Art Gallery and first floor gallery displays exhibits throughout the year. For more information regarding showcases, please visit our website at http://www.southalabama.edu/librarygalleries/. All displays are open to the public during library hours. To view the library hours please visit http://www.southalabama.edu/univlib/info/hours.html.
"Vessels 40: Surface and Color"
Mobile-- A variety of glass techniques from low and high-fire vitreous
enamels to sandblasted imagery can be seen in the USA Library's newest
art exhibit, "Vessels 40: Surface and Color." The display is made up
of works by USA Visual Art Department's Glass Program Coordinator,
Rene Culler. The show features several of her pieces that explore the
use of color and attention to surface in vessel making. The exhibit is
on display in the glass cases in the Mary Elizabeth and Charles
Bernard Rodning Gallery of Art located on the third floor of the
library. The exhibit is free and open to the public during library
Culler has more than 40 years of experience working with glass, and
her art can be found in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian
Institution, Renwick Gallery, and on permanent display at the Luce
Center, the American Museum of Art. She also has museum collections in
the Corning Museum of Glass, The Mobile Museum of Art, the National
Glass Museum of Spain, the Glass Furnace Foundation, Istanbul, Turkey,
and Namseoul University, South Korea. Culler's architectural panels in
glass are available for viewing at numerous hospitals and corporate
settings including the Cleveland Clinic, Robert Woods Johnson
Hospital, and the Forest City Science and Technology Park, among
others throughout the U.S.
"My inspiration comes from beauty either representational or
abstract," said Culler. "I am very excited about this show; I will be
showing work that dates back to 1974, as well as current work."
Mobile-- Appreciation of art and the game of golf brought the two artists, currently featured in the third floor library gallery, together. The two met through the Mobile art scene and have collaborated to create, "Abstract Friends," an exhibit focused on the abstract paintings of Debby Sneed and Conroy Hudlow. The paintings are on display in the Mary Elizabeth and Charles Bernard Rodning Gallery of Art located on the third floor of the University of South Alabama Library. The show runs through Thursday February 28, 2013, and is free and open to the public during library hours.
A reception for the exhibit will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, January 25, 2013. The reception offers the public an opportunity to meet the artists and enjoy food and refreshments. While this is Sneed and Hudlow's first show together, the two have been friends for more than 20 years and are even golf buddies. Sneed says she considers Hudlow to be her mentor and the renewal of their friendship has been an inspiration on her work.
Both artists paint abstract art, but they have different approaches to their work. Sneed's works are purely abstract and focus on the movement of color. Hudlow's works are based on objects and landscapes, while also incorporating movement of color. The show features more than 20 of their pieces full of bright color and fluid movement.
"Creating Art: In Search of Healing"
Glass work from the exhibit, “Creating Art: In Search of Healing,” will be on display in the glass cases in the Mary Elizabeth and Charles Bernard Rodning Gallery of Art located on the third floor of the University of South Alabama Library from October 1, 2012, through December 21, 2012. The exhibit highlights recent scientific findings supporting the idea that the process of making art is one of neurological restoration and seems to be an effective tool in reducing levels of anxiety. The exhibit is free and open to the public during library hours.
The artist behind the exhibit is Dr. Matilde Tellaetxe, instructor for the Visual Arts Department in the College of Arts and Sciences. Tellaetxe has an M.D. and Ph.D. in Medical Microbiology from the University of Basque Country in Spain, as well as a degree in Fine Arts from the University of South Alabama. Her knowledge in both art and sciences are what Tellaetxe says motivates her to understanding the science behind the art making process and how it could be used to impact human health and well-being.
“The pieces in this exhibit have been designed to evoke a feeling, a sensation in the viewer that corresponds to the information provided by the scientific explanation,” said Tellaetxe. “The intention is to let the viewer experience the impact that elements of art such as color, shape and texture can have on our perceptions and to inform about the science behind those perceptions.
"West of Cathedral Square Gallery"
Art work from members of the Cathedral Square Gallery is on display in The Mary Elizabeth and Charles Bernard Rodning Gallery of Art located on the third floor of the University of South Alabama Library. The art show features works from local artists such as Roy Walters, Frances Ashcraft, Denise Inge and Mary Rodning. The exhibit will be on display through October 31, 2012. The exhibit is free and open to the public during library hours.
The show, “West of Cathedral Square Gallery,” features a variety of styles including: watercolors, oils and acrylics. Mary Rodning, for whom the Rodning Gallery of Art is named, also has works in the show. The collection includes paintings of the local area and features the Gulf Coast, local landscape and captures the atmosphere of lower Alabama.
"Dr. Bob Coleman Art Exhibit"
Robert Coleman, Assistant Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of South Alabama, is displaying several of his pieces on the first floor of the University of South Alabama library. His exhibit features a beautiful color palette and a large array of abstract paintings. Coleman’s artwork will be on display through November 1, 2012. The exhibit is free and open to the public during library hours.
Coleman uses paints to emphasize color and energy rather than representation; however, many people have told him they see narrative qualities in the paintings. Coleman explains some of his paintings resist the narrative comparison and are representative of his urge to dabble with colors and shapes.
“I know that more than likely the design will shift directions until its final form appears to me,” said Coleman. “This process is similar to what goes on for many creative writers who describe how a character in their fiction decides what action she or he is going to take and how she or he is going to think. In this way, the character materializes before the writer’s eyes much as form will force its shape on the canvas rather than my dictating what the form must be.”
"The Helen Keller Art Show of Alabama"
The 2012 Helen Keller Art Show of Alabama will be on display in the University of South Alabama Library, first floor gallery, July 18 - September 30, 2012. This show is a popular exhibition that travels throughout the region and marks the ninth time it has been shown in the University Library. Art is solicited from all ages of students with visual and/or hearing impairments in Alabama public, private, home and residential schools. These students' art work is unique with emphasis on creativity, color and tactile media. Pieces in this year's show include watercolors, chalk, pastels, finger paintings and multimedia.
Support for the annual statewide contest is provided through the UAB Vision Research Center - Outreach and 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.
"Mon Louis Island Art Colony"
The Mon Louis Island Art Colony brings together good friends to share their love of painting. Once a month, they meet at the home of Linda Tenhundfeld on Mobile Bay to paint and to discuss happenings in the art world.
Their collection of works will be on display in the Mary Elizabeth and Charles Bernard Rodning Gallery of Art in the USA Library July 1 through August 31. Included in this exhibit will be the collaborative painting, "Vision of Mon Louis Island."
Members of the Mon Louis Island Art Colony include Lolita Dickinson, Edna Harris, Gordon House, Shery Polansky, Nettie Robertson, Gudrun Russell, Linda Tenhunfeld, and Gail Watson.
"Azalea City Quilters' Guild"
The Azalea City Quilters' Guild (ACQG) will display a collection of 36 quilts by 13 of its members in the University Library's Mary Elizabeth and Charles Bernard Rodning Gallery of Art through June 30, 2012. Viewers are invited to observe and appreciate the skills and creative artistry required for each work. Guild members are known locally and nationally for their achievements as quilters and artists.
The ACQG is a non-profit organization that contributes to the cultural life of the community "on and off the wall." The mission of the Guild is to promote the appreciation of quilting while members develop their skills and learn new and evolving techniques, as well as educate the community about this American art form.
"Safa Masoud Art Exhibit"
Pencil, color pencil, charcoal, pastel, acrylic and oil color were used to create the 27 drawings and paintings in this exhibit presented by Safa Masoud. Safa has been drawing and painting since she was four years old. She is skilled in many types of painting, but her passion is painting portraits. She is a junior at the University of South Alabama and is working on her bachelor’s degree in graphic design.
A Photographic Art Exhibit presented by Tom Meyer
Tom Meyer is an outdoor enthusiast, a Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing at the University of South Alabama, and the current President of the Faculty Senate. He had boyhood dreams of becoming a naturalist and acquired a degree in biology before being inspired by a military stint as a Green Beret medic to pursue a career in Nursing. A deep appreciation of the natural world has remained a passionate focus in his life.
This is Tom's first show ever. He has always considered himself more than a casual photographer, but the digital revolution inspired his enthusiasm to scratch his artistic itches in places he was never able to reach with film. Having one of his pieces selected by Dr. Sue Walker, Professor of English at the University of South Alabama, to be presented to renowned biologist E. O. Wilson, in appreciation of his visit as a Stokes Distinguished Lecturer in 2009, gave Tom confidence that his work would find an audience beyond close family and friends.
Photographic realism is not the primary focus of Tom's artistic style. Rather, he seeks to create images that are evocative of the behind-the-eye experience more than a detailed re-creation of the subject. He accomplishes this through digital manipulation of the raw photo. He is unapologetic about this, likening the computer to a darkroom with ones and zeros as his paint and a mouse as his brush.
Tom has never had formal training in either art or photography. For now he prefers to leave it that way, feeling that his naivete' in this respect fosters an organic approach that more sophistication may interfere with. Indeed, it was only recently that Tom realized that he had developed a definite style: vivid colors, high-contrast, distinctly impressionistic, and always grounded in the natural world.
"The Art of Elaine Byrd and Ainsley McNeely"
Both Elaine Byrd and Ainsley McNeely enjoy the challenge of capturing the beauty, energy and emotion of the natural world, depicting with incredible accuracy the smallest details of wildlife in their native Alabama.
Elaine was chosen winner of the “Alabama Duck Stamp” competition and placed third in the prestigious “Federal Duck Stamp” competition. She has received numerous awards in other national, state and local contests and has also judged notable state and local contests. Elaine is currently publishing her own limited edition prints under the name “Byrd Art.” She specializes in personalized portraits and was commissioned to paint an action portrait of Pete Sampras, the number one world tennis champion at that time. The limited edition prints are hand signed by Pete, one of which was purchased by the Wimbledon Museum of Tennis in Wimbledon, England.
Elaine currently resides in Mobile, Alabama and is active in the art community, having served on the executive board of the Fine Arts Museum of the South, president of the Mobile Art Association and of the Watercolor and Graphics Arts Society.
Ainsley McNeely has drawn and painted all her life. She originally worked primarily in watercolor and graphite then expanded into oil, pen and ink, pastel, sculpture and more recently casein, frequently mixing media to achieve the desired effect. Her oils use a Victorian color palette, giving them a distinctive feel compared to the contemporary colors used by other artists while her pastels are done on a handmade paper with a unique almost leather-like appearance, giving them an antique ambience.
Best known to the public for the series of colorful posters she designed for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, A.D.E.C.A. and others, her work can be seen in museums, galleries, private and corporate collections in North America, Europe, and Australia. Ainsley’s wildlife paintings, sporting art, portraits, figure work and miniatures appear in shows throughout the U.S., winning awards in many competitions including the World Wildlife Art Festival, The Art Show at the Dog Show, the Grand National Art Contest and many others. She designed the 2001-2002 Alabama Duck Stamp, is president of the Alabama Miniature Art Society and was inducted into the UMS-Wright Hall of Fame for Fine Arts. Ainsley gives presentations to various art, conservation and business groups and occasionally teaches workshops. She holds a B.A. in studio art from Florida State University and a master’s degree from the University of South Alabama.
"Through the Looking Glass with Ann & Frank"
Presented by Ann & Frank Calagaz
Ann and Frank Calagaz display, for the first time together, a collection of Ann's paintings and Frank's photography, mostly travel pictures from around the world.
Ann is an accomplished artist, working in watercolor, oil and acrylic for over twenty years. She holds an Associate Degree in Art from Faulkner and has taught and exhibited in such diverse places as Paris, France; Poland; Slovakia; and Denmark; as well as locally.
Frank is better known for his business of selling and teaching photography to others through the family business, Calagaz Photo Supply. His photography has been strictly for his own enjoyment as they travel. These images are his first public exhibit.
"Conserving & Enjoying Alabama's Coastal Resources"
University of South Alabama Library
First Floor Gallery
January 9, 2012 - February 29, 2012
This exhibit features the art of school students in more than 40 Mobile and Baldwin county Schools. These young artists participated in an art contest sponsored by the Marine Resources Division of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. The agency has sponsored this show for several years to promote a greater awareness and appreciation for the state's coastal resources. Calendars which feature the art are available in the gallery located on the first floor of the University Library.
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