University of South Alabama - Library Art Galleries

Current Exhibitions


"The Two of Us”

University of South Alabama Marx Library
Mary Elizabeth and Charles Bernard Rodning Gallery of Art
July 1, 2015 – August 31, 2015

The University of South Alabama Marx Library is pleased to present a new exhibit featuring paintings by southern Mobile County husband and wife art team Benno Kollegger and Regina Doi-Kollegger. “The Two of Us” will be on display from July 1 – August 31, 2015 in the Mary Elizabeth and Charles Bernard Rodning Gallery of Art on the third floor of the Library.

The show features beautiful, large-scale paintings by the Kolleggers. The exhibit showcases two unique series created by the talented couple. Benno Kollegger’s series, “The 10,” depicts his understanding of the commandments using the power of the human form. Regina Doi-Kollegger’s series, “Uma (the horse),” portrays the emotion behind the movement and spirit of horses.

Benno was born, raised, and educated in Austria before moving to the United States in 1962. He has always loved to paint and is an accomplished sculptor. He is an internationally known artist who has had numerous shows in Europe and in the United States. His wife, Regina, who was born in Tokyo, Japan, is also a gifted painter and sculptor. Her fine art is influenced by her Eurasian heritage.

When the Kolleggers moved from upstate New York to southern Alabama in 2013, they quickly became part of the Mobile art scene. The couple brought a fresh, unique perspective to the traditional artistic themes of our area. They are now well established as popular, vital members of the local art community.

A reception to showcase the Kollegger’s exhibit will be held on Friday, July 17 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. in the Rodning Gallery on the third floor of the Library. The reception is free and open to the public. Everyone is invited to attend the reception and have the opportunity to meet the artists and view their beautiful artwork.


"War and Medicine"

University of South Alabama Marx Library
Third Floor Gallery
April 20 - October 2, 2015

Out of the devastation and horrors of war, medical and surgical innovations emerged which have saved countless lives both on and off the battlefields. The use of mass inoculations and vaccinations, development of lightweight and movable prosthetic limbs, improvement of intravenous and blood transfusion techniques, antibiotic medications, sanitation, advancements of cardiac and vascular surgery, and the development of Emergency Medical Triage Systems are just a few of the innovations which developed as a result of conflict. Displaying artifacts from the Mobile Medical Museum, the exhibit “War and Medicine” will highlight common medical and surgical practices used during the major engagements of the United States of America and identify how each war advanced medicine and surgery.

Located in the historic Vincent-Doan house, the Mobile Medical Museum features a collection of artifacts and resources that chronicle the history of medicine in Mobile. The collection began in 1962 with a gift of approximately 100 artifacts and documents donated by Mrs. Patricia Heustis Paterson as a memorial to her father, Dr. James F. Heustis (1828-1891), a native Mobilian with an outstanding medical career.

The Medical Museum not only preserves and displays important medical artifacts, but the building itself is a showcase piece. The Vincent-Doan house is one of the oldest houses in Mobile and one of the oldest surviving examples of French colonial style architecture in the state. It is listed on the Historic America Buildings Survey of the National Parks and the National Register of Historic Places. The house was originally a residence, which was built in 1827 by Captain Benjamin Vincent. It is located at 1664 Spring Hill Avenue adjacent to USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital.

“War and Medicine” will be on exhibit from April 20 – October 2, 2015 in the display cases on the third floor of the Marx Library in the Mary Elizabeth and Charles Bernard Rodning Gallery of Art.


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Date last changed: July 16, 2015