University of South Alabama - Library Art Galleries

Current Exhibitions


"David Trimmier Photography Exhibit"

University of South Alabama Library
Third Floor Gallery
September 6, 2011 - November 4, 2011

The "David Trimmier Photography Exhibit" will be on display in the University of South Alabama Library from September 6 through November 4, 2011. David Trimmier is a native of Mobile and a graduate of the University of South Alabama. He was first introduced to photography at the age of 12 when he became the protégé of Ray Breneman, a local commercial and fine arts photographer and a graduate of Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara. At age 13, he attended seminars conducted by the renowned Mobile photographer, Roy Thigpen. Beyond these early associations, he is largely self-taught.

David took an unintended hiatus when, at the age of 20, all of his equipment was stolen. After 25 years, he began a gradual return to photography. From 1992-1998, he photographed and documented underwater caves in the Dougherty Karst region of southeast Alabama which paved the way to his induction into the Alabama Academy of Science in 1999. In 2000, his love for the photographic process was reignited as he once again devoted himself to the study of photography. From 2002-2008, David served as chief photographer of "Lagniappe."

David loves black and white printmaking and the further manipulation of the image through the use of various toners. He says, "when I'm envisioning a subject through the viewfinder, I'm already thinking about how I will make the final print. I've passed by many interesting compositions if I couldn't envision making it a unique final print."



"Some of My Trains of Thought"
Model Trains from the Collection of Joaquin Holloway, Jr., Ph.D.

Third Floor Gallery (Display Cases)
September 6, 2011 - November 20, 2011

From September 6 through November 20, 2011, the featured exhibit in the University of South Alabama Library will consist of a variety of railroad items that have been arranged by Joaquin M. Holloway, Jr., Ph.D.

The theme for this presentation is "Some of My Trains of Thought," and will be organized in 10 display cases on the third floor in the gallery area. The exhibit features HO scale model trains, photographs, books, magazines, plus other selections. This accumulation is from a personal collection that has continued to increase in size and scope over an extended period of time.

His first train set was received when he was four years old and eventually developed into a lifelong hobby. In addition to the pleasure of choosing and operating model trains, he enjoys watching and photographing prototype trains whenever possible.

In the fall of 1969, Dr. Holloway joined the faculty of the University of South Alabama and was hired as the first director of a brand new section of the library initially known as the Listening Lab. After a few years, the area expanded to become the Audio-Visual Center. Later, as suggested by Dr. Holloway, the name was changed, and it became the Instructional Media Center (IMC). Along with his primary responsibility as director of the IMC, in 1981, he was invited by the Dean of the College of Business and Management Studies to teach a class in “Organizational Behavior” on a continuing basis; which he did until he retired from the University in 1998.

Dr. Holloway is a native of Mobile. After graduating from Central High School in 1953, he received the A.B. degree from Talladega College in 1957. The M.S. and Ed.S. degrees were received at Indiana University in 1960, and the Ph.D. degree was completed in 1976 at the University of Alabama.


2011 Helen Keller Art Show of Alabama

First Floor Gallery July 1, 2011 – September 30, 2011

This show is a popular exhibition that travels throughout the region and marks the eighth time it has been shown in the University Library. Art is solicited from all ages of students with visual and/or hearing impairments in Alabama public, private, home and residential schools. These students’ artwork is unique with emphasis on creativity, color and tactile media. Pieces in this year's show include watercolors, chalk pastels, finger paintings and multimedia.

Support for the annual statewide contest is provided through the UAB Vision Research Center-Outreach and Education Module, the UAB School of Optometry, the UAB School of Education, the Helen Keller Birthplace Foundation, and the Alabama Federation of the Council for Exceptional Children Helen Keller Chapter of the Division on Visual Impairments.



Nature's Treasures and Potpourri's"
Presented by
Vicky Nix Cook and Ricky Trione

Ricky Trione and Vicky Nix Cook are alumni of the University of South Alabama, and they are life-long friends. Over the past six years, Cook and Trione have teamed up on many collaborative art works to donate for very worthy causes. Now, they are teaming up to share their passion for art in their upcoming show, Nature’s Treasures and Potpourri.”

Growing up along Mobile Bay has created for these two artists a special attraction for the beautiful vistas that exist along the Gulf Coast. Now they want to express their appreciation and concern for the well-being of the wildlife along our coastline as well as the sea life that exists beneath the water’s surface following the tragic gulf oil spill.

Ricky was a very detailed pen and ink artist before two unusual accidents took his eyesight. Using his other senses, he has discovered a way to create art that expresses his personality and spirit. He has learned to use textured paint to outline his drawing which helps him orient himself on the canvas; and he uses the clock method, a round palette with colors corresponding to numbers, to arrange and mix his paint. Using bold colors and finger painting, he begins adding color using the textured paint to guide him around the canvas. Through his inspirational story, Ricky strives to share his hope, his inspiration and his love for art with everyone.

Vicky has opened a new chapter in her life after a 29-year career as a full-time educator for the Baldwin County Public Schools System. She served as a special education teacher, an art teacher, and as the first fine arts supervisor of Baldwin County Public Schools. Her current artwork is a reflection of the time she enjoys with her grandchildren, her part-time work, and her community service projects.

Together Ricky and Vicky co-founded a website; the Baldwin County Alliance for Arts Education,; to promote, to advocate and to reach out to those interested in advancing arts education. The BCAAE is an affiliate of the Alabama Alliance for Arts Education.



Words and Woodcuts
Poems by Mickey Cleverdon Wood Block Prints by John Cleverdon

July 1, 2011 - August 30, 2011 (Third Floor Gallery, Display Cases)

Mickey and John Cleverdon have combined her love of poetry and his talent with wood block printmaking to display "Words and Woodcuts." The exhibit is made up of woodcuts and the poems they illustrate which are matted and framed together as diptychs.

Mickey uses free verse, blank verse and traditional forms in her poetry. These poems deal with people in everyday situations, the use of Biblical narratives, and attempts to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary, or the other way around.

John creates wood block prints by using a reduction method he learned by looking at reproductions of Picasso’s linoleum prints. He draws an image on a single plywood block using black, white and gray acrylic paints. He cuts out shapes that will be white in the finished print, inks the block with black ink and prints on Japanese paper. Then, he cuts out all the black lines and shapes and inks the block with translucent white ink. Carefully, he registers the inked block on top of the first (black) proof and prints white over black, creating gray areas.

Mickey attended public schools in Bessemer, Alabama. She studied literature and literary criticism at Converse College in Spartanburg, South Carolina, and verse writing at the University of Alabama. John attended public schools in the Mobile area. He studied drawing and painting at Principia College in Elsah, Illinois and woodcut printmaking at the University of Alabama.


"Women in Nature"

May 2, 2011 - June 30, 2011 (First Floor Gallery)

Pencil, watercolor and airbursh was used to create the six conceptual portraits in this exhibit. These portraits are a study in the composition of a variety of elements: flora, fauna and vibrant spring colors paired with soft, delicate forms. Emotion is conveyed through body language as well as the facial expressions of the figures.

Haley is inspired by modern artists Sylvia Ji, Misty Gamble and Alphonse Mucha. She is a junior at the University of South Alabama working on her bachelor's degree in Studio Arts.


Birds: An Installation

May 2, 2011 - June 30, 2011 (Third Floor Gallery)

Riley Brenes is a sculptural artist and a student in the USA Visual Arts Department.


Courtney Smith Exhibit

May 2 , 2011 - June 30, 2011 (First Floor Gallery)

On display are silver gelatin prints done in the syle of photo montage. Social problems existing throughout the world were the inspiration for this series.

Courtney Smith is a student in the USA Visual Arts Department.


JoAnn Cox Exhibit

May 3 , 2011 - June 30, 2011 (Third Floor Gallery)

JoAnn became intrigued with abstract painting in the 1960's and is best described as an abstract, nonrepresentational artist. The strong, simple design and muted colors of her early works were evocative of the stark landscapes of the Mississippi Delta where she lived as a child. Still based on a strong sense of design, her paintings have evolved into bold works built with multiple layers of glazes, often incorporating gold or silver leaf.

JoAnn has studied at the University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg; Blackpool Technical College of Art, Blackpool, England; Cité Universite, Paris, France; and Annascaul, Ireland. She lives and maintains a studio in Mobile where she works full-time as an artist. Her works have won numerous awards and are represented in many public, corporate and private collections.


Anna Rhodes Exhibit

“Circa Now”
April 3, 2011 –June 30, 2011 (First Floor Gallery

Circa Now features the works of Anna Rhodes. All of Ms. Rhodes pieces are musically inspired. Whether she is painting for school or for pleasure, she is always listening to music which is reflected in her finished art work. Most pieces in this exhibit are snapshots of moments throughout the life of Ms. Rhodes, but all display her artistic timeline. Many of her abstract works are centered around specific musical albums and were created with no other influence than that one album. Other pieces are realistic. This show not only demonstrates her artistic growth as time passes, but how she perceives music and translates it into colors and compositions.



Susan Wertelecki and Kaoru Oka

“The Book as Art”
March 1, 2011 – June 29, 2011 (Third Floor Gallery, Display Cases)

Bookbinding has a long, nearly 2000-year-old history dating back to the advent of paper itself. Over that time the book industry has developed and many interesting and creative methods of binding the book have evolved.

While the artists seek a more traditional form of the art of bookbinding, many highly experimental structures have been created by highly creative artists. We hope to show a range of binding methods such as the Coptic four needle binding, the Secret Belgian binding, the Japanese Stab binding, a chevron stitch, a twined binding and the rather unusual flag book with no sewing at all.

Kaoru and Susan see this show, "The Book as Art, " as a study in the book through form, color and texture. The purpose of each blank tome is determined by the individual. A number of the books are strongly influenced by Kaoru’s life growing up in Japan.

The various binding techniques that have been employed demonstrate that the book may be made visually and texturally appealing as well as functional. We hope to create a colorful, textured world of books.



Renee Stapleton

“In Retrospect”
March 1, 2011 – April 29, 2011 (Third Floor Gallery)

“In Retrospect” is a body of works revealing an exploration of style and content at select periods throughout Renee Stapleton’s life as an artist. It includes works produced when she was an art student at Auburn University (BFA-’85) and when she studied theology at Emory University (MDiv-’98, ThM-’99).

Recent works include the series “Dialectics,” comprising six pieces that make edgy statements of color, design, and texture, featured at the Mobile Arts Council in 2010. “Warmth with Autumn,” including a pin wheel quilt pattern of handmade papers, was juried into The 2009 Show of the Bay Rivers Art Guild in Daphne, Alabama.

Renee specializes in acrylic and mixed media works that range from abstract to non-objective. She has a professional background in graphic design and hospital ministry. She is a member of the Mobile Arts Council and the Eastern Shore Art Center. She grew up in Mobile.



The Department of Education Technologies & Services
USA College of Medicine

January 5, 2011-February 25, 2011 (Third Floor Gallery

The Department of Education Technologies and Services began along with the USA College of Medicine, as a way to support medical education in all media. Over the years the department (under various names and incarnations) attracted a number of artists interested in a "day Job." The relationship between the department and the artists was one of mutual benefit. Through the department and the College of Medicine, the artists were given the opportunities to hone skills and gain exposure, as well as training on new methods and equipment. The artists reciprocated by creatively applying their skills to the often unique and challenging problems encountered in medical education and research. The impressive contribution in this equation was the creativity these employees demonstrated, not only in their artwork, but in everything they did. The work they accomplished while in the employment of the College of Medicine continues to have a lasting positive impact on students, faculty, and consequently the community at large. This exhibition showcased five of these artists with examples of their personal work in photography, painting, drawing, and mixed media: Walter Beckham, Mike Carmichael, Lynda Smith Touart, Frank Vogtner and Laura Worsham.

In recent years, rapidly advancing technologies have significantly changed the make-up of the department, its mission, and the type of work that goes on. However, the new solutions have brought with them a new set of problems. There is still a challenge for the employees that fill these new positions to be creative--to be artists.



Watercolor & Graphic Arts Society of Mobile

November 5, 2010 - December 17, 2010 (Third Floor Gallery)

The Watercolor & Graphic Arts Society of Mobile (WGAS) will be exhibiting members' works from November 5, 2010 through December 17, 2010 in the third floor gallery of the University of South Alabama's main library. This exhibit is dedicated to the memory of longtime Mobile artist and teacher Lee J. Hoffman. Hoffman was a former president and longtime member of the Watercolor & Graphic Arts Society of Mobile from 1974 until his death in March 2010.

The WGAS is probably the oldest arts organization in Mobile and one of the oldest in the state. As a non-profit organization, the object of the Society is to create, through education, more interest in the media of watercolor and graphic arts, and to promote finer watercolor and graphic arts exhibitions by Alabama artists.


Josh Ashley

August 2, 2010-December 17, 2010 (First Floor Gallery)

“Assemblages,” an exhibit of works by Josh Ashley, is a collection of ‘sculptures’ that explore junk reincarnate. No type of debris or defunct tool, instrument or personal effect is exempt from the possibility of finding itself embedded in an assemblage by this local artist. Featured in this exhibit is Dancing Can-Can Girl, a gift to the USA Library which will remain on permanent display in the first floor atrium. Josh has created art almost all of his life. Until recently, his art was only seen by a few close friends. Interest started to grow and the normally very private artist began to enjoy the attention that his work was receiving and decided to make his art available to more people. His creativity is driven by emotion and so is neither precise nor organized. These are snapshots of a moment of inspiration. He creates it as he feels it. Since these pieces come from such an honest and personal place, you will most likely love his work or just look at it strangely wondering what in the world could have been going on when he created it. Perhaps what he hopes most is that you will find something in what he creates that touches a familiar chord somewhere within you or maybe even makes you feel something you’ve never felt before.



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