University of South Alabama - Library Art Galleries

Current Exhibitions


"A Look Into Our Southern Past”

University of South Alabama Marx Library
Mary Elizabeth and Charles Bernard Rodning Gallery of Art
May 11, 2015 – June 30, 2015

The USA Library is pleased to announce the opening of a new art exhibit. “A Look Into Our Southern Past,” paintings by local artists Carmel Alvis and Ainsley McNeely, will be on display from May 11 – June 30, 2015 in the Mary Elizabeth and Charles Bernard Rodning Gallery of Art on the third floor of the Library.

Award-winning artists McNeely and Alvis have created an exhibit which depicts scenes from our Southern past. The artists share a fascination with history and their chase of historical recreations involved time in the field photographing and studying subjects well before putting brush to palette. Their exhibit features paintings of the Native Americans, laborers, warriors, pioneers, and hunters whose lives created the South we know today.

Carmel Alvis has been an artist all of her life. She is a member of the Watercolor & Graphic Arts Society and the Mobile Art Association. Alvis enjoys photography as much as creating new works through her oils and acrylics. Portraying the beautiful Gulf Coast along with painting portraits of people and pets are some of her favorite subjects. Her recent works depict her newfound love of recreating Southern history.

Ainsley McNeely has always loved the outdoors, and she enjoys the challenge of capturing the beauty, energy, and emotion of the natural world as well as the animals and people who inhabit it. Her wildlife paintings, sporting art, portraits, figure work, and miniatures have appeared in shows throughout the U.S. McNeely is best known to the public for designing the 2001-2002 Alabama Duck Stamp and creating a series of colorful posters for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.


"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: May 22, 2015