University of South Alabama - Library Art Galleries

Current Exhibitions


"Magnificent Abstractions"

Mobile — “Magnificent Abstractions” is the art exhibit currently on display in the Mary Elizabeth and Charles Bernard Rodning Gallery of Art on the third floor of the University of South Alabama Marx Library. When Dr. Richard Wood, dean of university libraries, contacted Linda Tenhundfeld about doing an exhibit at USA, he told her to let her imagination run wild. Linda immediately thought of Bill Kramer and Ron Lindquist, fellow members of Cathedral Square Gallery, because of their particular skills and passions for the abstract. The resulting large, vibrant, colorful pieces are sure to please visitors to the gallery. These grand works of art will not only be seen with your eyes but also felt with your heart.

“Brilliant detachment,” “a splendid trance” – that is what the artists believe viewers may experience in these magnificent abstract works. Abstract art uses shapes, forms, colors, textures, and lines to create imagery that is open to the interpretation of the viewer. It is a creative style of expression, which produces distinctive artwork that may be seen or perceived differently by each individual.

This unique, eye-catching exhibit is free to the public and will be on display through Wednesday, April 30, 2014. Many of these beautiful paintings are also offered for sale. Prices are listed on the artwork and contact information for the artists is available at the exhibit.


"Books and Clay: Handmade Objects with History"

Mobile — One of man’s greatest achievements in communication has been the book. A display of handmade books at the University of South Alabama Marx Library shows viewers handmade versions that look nothing like today’s textbooks and paperbacks. The handmade books are based on a historical precedent for their structural composition but were created with materials available today. Papyrus, paint, cloth, clay, paper, electronic media, colored pencil, and inks are a few of the media used to create the one-of-a-kind books featured in the exhibit.

The unique handmade objects on display were created by Mary Ann Sampson, an art instructor at Jacksonville State University (JSU), and several JSU students and faculty members. Exhibitors include Sampson, Jeremy Bagwell, Brittney Beard, Chang Chen, Alan Curtis, Karen Peterson Henricks, Laverne Lombardi, Allison McElroy, Jennifer Moore, Michael Moore, Cynthia Stahl Porter, Susan Robertson, Anita H. Stewart, and Tonya Wilson.

The art will be exhibited in the display cases located on the third floor of the USA Marx Library in the Mary Elizabeth and Charles Bernard Rodning Gallery of Art. This book arts exhibit is free to the public and will be on display through Friday, May 30, 2014.


"Permanent Collection Exhibit"

University of South Alabama Library
Mary Elizabeth and Charles Bernard Rodning Gallery of Art
March 2013- July 2013

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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