Current Exhibitions

“The Connie Hudson Mobile Regional Senior Community Center Art Exhibit” 

Mobile, AL – The University of South Alabama Marx Library is proud to present the art works of The Connie Hudson Mobile Regional Senior Community Center in the Mary Elizabeth and Charles Bernard Rodning Gallery of Art on the third floor of the Library. The exhibit will be on display from August 1 to September 29, 2017.

The art program was one of the first to be developed when the Senior Center opened in 2007. James E. Conlon, Emeritus Professor of Art from The University of South Alabama, was the guiding hand and person who first developed the programs the Center offered in the Arts, with the help of several volunteer teachers in drawing, painting, beading, and quilting. The painting and drawing classes are now being run by a series of volunteer teachers: Charmaine Neylon, Carmel Alvis and Sean Webb.

The Art Program is a vital part of the Senior Center's operation. The art classroom is in use for painting and drawing Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 am to 2 pm. Watercolor classes are offered from 10 am until 1 pm on Tuesdays and another group of advanced painters meet Tuesday afternoon from 2:30 pm until 5 pm.

The artists who are participating in the Marx Library show are a diverse group of men and women, mostly retired, who enjoy a new way of expressing themselves in the visual arts. Center membership begins at the age of 55, but there is no upper limit. The Center has very sprightly 80 year olds drawing and painting as proficiently as youth. The art portrayed in the exhibit ranges from primitive to impressionist, realism to abstraction.

The exhibit is free and open to the public during regular library hours. For more information, please visit

“Beauty in USA's Back Yard” by Ron and Dawn Everts

Mobile, AL – The University of South Alabama Marx Library is pleased to present a new art exhibit by husband and wife photography team, Ron and Dawn Everts. The exhibit entitled, “Beauty in USA’s Back Yard” will be on display in the Marx Library first floor gallery from August 2 – September 29, 2017.

“Beauty in USA’s Back Yard” refers to the beauty Ron and Dawn have discovered at USA’s very own Glenn Sabastian Nature Trail. It is their hope that by this exhibit, they can make more people aware of the beauty of the nature trail. All but two of the photographs in this exhibit were taken at the nature trail (the other two were taken on USA Campus). The nature trail has been a part of the USA campus for nearly 30 years. Efforts to officially recognize the trail began with geography major Amy Milam in 2006. Amy mapped the trails and held numerous fundraisers that helped to pay for trail improvements. She also received approval to name the trail for Dr. Glenn Sebastian. In the fall of 2011, Brian Allred, assistant director of Campus Recreation, spearheaded efforts to bring the nature trail project to fruition. With substantial financial support from the Student Government Association, the Glenn Sebastian Nature Trail is now a reality.

Ron and Dawn have been interested in photography their whole lives and are both well-traveled, having taken pictures the world over. Interested in many facets of photography, they have a special love for the beauty of God’s nature, which is exemplified by the Glenn Sabastian Nature Trail.

The exhibit is free and open to the public during regular library hours.