University of South Alabama - Library Art Galleries

Current Exhibitions


"2014 Helen Keller Art Show of Alabama"

University of South Alabama Marx Library
First Floor Gallery
July 18 - September 26, 2014

The 2014 Helen Keller Art Show of Alabama is currently on display in the first floor gallery of the University of South Alabama Marx Library. The show will be on exhibit from July 18 - September 26, 2014. It is free and open to the public during regular Library hours.

The Helen Keller Art Show of Alabama is an annual show for Alabama students who are visually impaired, blind, or deaf/blind. It was established in 1983 as a cooperative project between agencies serving children with visual impairments. The art show is open to students of all ages in Alabama public, private, residential, and home schools. 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. The show provides students an opportunity to showcase their special talents and abilities. The artwork is unique with emphasis on creativity, color, and tactile media.

Every year, the art show travels throughout the state of Alabama and is displayed in museums, art galleries, and agencies. The grand prize winnerís art remains in a permanent collection at Ivy Green in Tuscumbia, Alabama, which is Helen Kellerís birthplace.

Support for the annual Helen Keller Art Show of Alabama is provided through the sale of the art and through sponsors, including UAB Vision Science Research Center - Education and Outreach Module, UAB School of Optometry, UAB Program for Visual Impairments, UAB School of Education, EyeSight Foundation of Alabama, Callahan Eye Foundation Hospital, the Patty Johnson Award, the Colbert County Tourism and Convention Bureau, the Nelson Family Award, and the Boyd Rogan Family Award.


"The Susan N. McCollough Art Exhibit: 2014"

University of South Alabama Marx Library
Mary Elizabeth and Charles Bernard Rodning Gallery of Art
July 1 - August 31, 2014

Susan N. McCollough
Paintings by local artist, Susan Nomberg McCollough, will be on display on the third floor of the University of South Alabama Marx Library in the Mary Elizabeth and Charles Bernard Rodning Gallery of Art from July 1 Ė August 31, 2014.

Susan Nomberg McCollough received her bachelor of science degree in speech and art from the University of Alabama and has continued to study with many accomplished artists and teachers, including Professors Al Sella and Frank Engle of Tuscaloosa, Alabama; Max Hellman at The Birmingham Museum of Art; and Barbara Moon at The Little House on Linden in Birmingham. She has also studied at the Delgado Museum of New Orleans (now the New Orleans Museum of Art) and in such places as Pensacola, Florida; Boston, Massachusetts; and at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

Susanís paintings are displayed in libraries, banks, hospitals, senior care facilities, interior design showrooms, corporate offices, and private collections. She has produced more than 500 paintings, many of which were commissioned, and she has exhibited in more than 10 solo exhibitions in Alabama and Florida. McCollough paints primarily on large canvases, sometimes working on as many as three or four paintings at a time. Her works are Abstract Expressionist in style with freedom of movement, and vibrant, or sometimes, monochromatic colors. She paints in acrylics and oils as well as works in mixed media with charcoal, pastels, or watercolors.

McCollough was previously a partner/owner of Studio Three in Florida and currently works at her private studio, The Susan N. McCollough Gallery, which is located at 350 Cypress Bend Boulevard in Gulf Shores, Alabama. The 3,500 square Gallery exhibits an array of acrylic paintings, drawings, charcoal and ink drawings, mixed media, and oils.


"Permanent Collection Exhibit"

University of South Alabama Marx 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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