Past Exhibitions 2016

“The Poarch Band of Creek Indians: From Roots to Renewal” 

Mobile, AL – The University of South Alabama Marx Library is pleased to present a new art exhibit entitled, “The Poarch Band of Creek Indians: From Roots to Renewal,” which will be on display from October 1 through November 30, 2017. The Poarch Band of Creek Indians, after many trials and tribulations, have created a renewal of their traditions and the tribe stands as testament to the value of hard work, education, persistence, and entrepreneurship. As part of the Alabama Bicentennial Celebration theme of “place,” this exhibit examines the roots of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians from the first populating of the continent to formation of the Creek Nation, and from wars with the United States to the formation of a place called Poarch.  Geography and landscape shape who we are and this is evident in the people who are members of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians.  Despite humble beginnings and discrimination, including denial of access to education, the people of Poarch stood up for what is right, and through their own efforts, have established a strong and significant economic reach and impact today. 

The exhibit is being shown in the Mary Elizabeth and Charles Bernard Rodning Gallery of Art on the third floor of the Marx Library. The exhibition is free and open to the public during regular Library hours. We hope you will come out and learn more about the only federally recognized Native American tribe in Alabama.


2016 Helen Keller Art Show of Alabama

The 2016 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 November 1, 2016 – January 31, 2017. 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 winner’s art remains in a permanent collection at Ivy Green in Tuscumbia, Alabama, which is Helen Keller’s 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.


Southern Ceremonial Complex: Cosmology and Continuity

Currently on display at the USA Marx Library is an exhibit entitled, “Southern Ceremonial Complex: Cosmology and Continuity”, which will be on display through December 15, 2016. Iconography was, and still is, used by many Native American cultures. In this exhibit the icons and their descriptions on the wall of the art gallery are a “key” of sorts to the icons that you will find in many of the artifacts and art pieces in the glass cases. Another thing to keep in mind when going through the exhibit is that the items on the top shelves are items pertaining to the upper world; The items on the middle shelves are pertaining to the middle world and the items on the bottom shelves are pertaining to the lower world. Toward the end of the exhibit, you will see how these icons are still being used today in the basket making and other works of art, thus showing continuity. This exhibit was produced through a partnership between the Poarch Band of Creek Indians and the USA Native American Studies Program.

The exhibit is being shown in the Mary Elizabeth and Charles Bernard Rodning Gallery of Art on the third floor of the Marx Library. The exhibition is free and open to the public during regular Library hours. We hope you will come out and learn more about the fascinating Native American culture.

This End Up!

The University of South Alabama Marx Library is pleased to present a new exhibit featuring the photographs of local photographer, Michele Brinkman. “This End Up!” will be on display from September 1 to October 31, 2016 in the first floor gallery of the Marx Library.

“This End Up!” focuses on the visually stimulating and often mystifying quality of reflections. According to Brinkman, “Reflections surround us, whether in the mirror, a window, a shadow, or in the water - they are everywhere. But how often do we actually see them?! Several years ago,  after one of Mobile’s frequent summer showers, I was walking around downtown photographing.  I looked down and saw this amazing composition of the RSA tower in a huge puddle on Dauphin Street! Moving to the left, right or back, the composition changed. I was in total amazement of my new found discovery of puddles. Since then, I have been on a mission to encourage others to slow down and see the simple beauty found in reflections.” 

The exhibit is free and open to the public during regular library hours. For more information please visit http://www.southalabama.edu/librarygalleries/.


Healing Women: Medical History from a Female Perspective

Mobile, Alabama — On June 30, 2016, the Mobile Medical Museum will present a new exhibit, Healing Women: Medical History from a Female Perspective, which will be on display at the Mary Elizabeth and Charles Bernard Rodning Gallery of Art, Marx Library, University of South Alabama. Consisting of a generous selection of over 50 artifacts, photographs and documents from the Museum’s collection, the exhibit will offer a timely and captivating glimpse at how women have helped to shape the last 300 years of medical history as patients, care providers, administrators and innovators. It will be free to visit during regular library hours through September 30th.

“The full story of women’s contribution to medical history is still not widely known, despite the fact that there is more gender diversity in the medical workforce than ever before,” says Executive Director Daryn Glassbrook. “This exhibit will provide a broadly inclusive perspective on the major developments in women’s health care, representing the experiences of midwives, nuns and volunteer nurses as well as those of professional nurses, physicians and surgeons.”

In conjunction with the exhibit, the Mobile Medical Museum and the USA Archeology Museum will co-present a Healing Women lecture series at the Archeology Museum beginning this fall. The first talk will be on September 29th by Dr. Laurie Wilkie, Professor of Archeology at the University of California-Berkeley, who will speak about 19th century African-American midwifery in Mobile. The series will also feature a January 26th presentation by Dr. Esther Katz, Director of The Margaret Sanger Papers Project at New York University, to mark the centennial of the opening of Margaret Sanger’s first birth control clinic in Brownsville, New York. More lectures are planned; each will be free of charge and aimed for general audiences.
The Healing Women exhibit is sponsored by Dr. Charles and Mary Rodning. Support for the lecture series is provided by the Gender Studies Program and the Departments of History and English at the University of South Alabama.
About the Mobile Medical Museum

The Mobile Medical Museum is proud to serve as the Gulf Coast region’s preeminent institution dedicated to preserving the history of the health care professions. Our mission is Preservation and Education. To achieve that mission, medical artifacts and archival sources are preserved for the benefit of current and future generations, providing educational and research opportunities for the community-at-large. Since the Museum’s founding in 1962, we have served as a critical resource to medical students and emerging professionals, since there are no local schools with courses or faculty in the history of medicine. Furthermore, the Museum’s exhibits and tours provide visitors of all ages and backgrounds with a broad understanding of human anatomy, infectious disease, past and current medical procedures and technologies, and Mobile’s prominent place in the history of medical education and public health in the state of Alabama and the Gulf Coast region.


The Connie Hudson Mobile Regional Senior Community Center Art Exhibit

Mobile - The University of South Alabama Marx Library is proud to present the art works of The Connie Hudson Mobile Regional Senior Community Center in the Mary Elizabeth and Charles Bernard Rodning Gallery of Art on the third floor of the Library. The exhibit will be on display from August 1 to September 30, 2016. The exhibit is free and open to the public during regular library hours.

The art program was one of the first to be developed when the Senior Center opened in 2007. James E. Conlon, Emeritus Professor of Art from The University of South Alabama, was the guiding hand and person who first developed the programs the Center offered in the Arts, with the help of several volunteer teachers in drawing, painting, beading, and quilting. The painting and drawing classes are now being run by a series of part-time volunteer teachers: Charmaine Neylon, Carmel Alvis and Jim Conlon until the city hopefully, hires a new full-time teacher.

The Art Program is a vital part of the Senior Center’s operation. The art classroom is in use for painting and drawing Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 am to 2 pm. Watercolor classes are offered from 10 am until 1 pm on Tuesdays and another group of advanced painters meet Tuesday afternoon from 2:30 pm until 5 pm.

The artists who are participating in the Marx Library show are a diverse group of men and women, mostly retired, who enjoy a new way of expressing themselves in the visual arts. Center membership begins at the age of 55, but there is no upper limit. The Center has very sprightly 80 year olds drawing and painting as proficiently as youth. The art portrayed in the exhibit ranges from primitive to impressionist, realism to abstraction.


2015 Helen Keller Art Show of Alabama

University of South Alabama Marx Library
First Floor Gallery
January 11, 2016 – May 31, 2016

Mobile – The 2015 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 January 11, 2016 – May 31, 2016. 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 winner’s art remains in a permanent collection at Ivy Green in Tuscumbia, Alabama, which is Helen Keller’s 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.


Siiri II

Mobile - The University of South Alabama Marx Library is pleased to present a new art exhibit by professional artist, Gretchen Beck. Ms. Beck is a contemporary abstract artist. Her exhibit “Siiri II” will be on display in the Mary Elizabeth and Charles Bernard Rodning Gallery of Art on the third floor of the Library. The exhibit will be on display from May1 - June 30, 2016.

“For the images I produce as an artist,” says Ms. Beck, “I have conducted research in Niger, West Africa, where I lived for three years. My art involves an exploration of the Nigerien landscape, the Djarma and Fulani cultures and the art forms they create. This abstract work portrays ritual and tradition in Nigerien culture”.

“To create my imagery, I work from a variety of references. Relationships among color, shape, and texture come together to form fluid and grid-like compositions. Color dominates the images and dictates the media employed to produce them.” This exhibition is a series of mixed-media collages.

Gretchen Beck served as Professor of Art, Chair of the Art Department, Curator and on the faculty at Concordia University, Irvine, CA, for eleven years. Currently, she is a professional artist.

Recently, she created a series of exhibitions for the following galleries: Gallery 19, Rockport, MA; Brauer Museum of Art, Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN; Florence O'Donnell Wasmer Gallery, Ursuline College, Pepper Pike, OH; Lucille Parker Gallery, William Carey University, Hattiesburg, MS; and Montserrat Contemporary Art Gallery, New York, N.Y.

She will have upcoming exhibitions at the following galleries: Reflection Gallery, Finlandia University, Hancock, MI; Mary Elizabeth and Charles Bernard Rodning Gallery of Art, University of South Alabama, Mobile, AL; Farnham Gallery, Simpson College, Indianola, IA; Goodall Gallery, Columbia College, Columbia, SC; and Alfred Berkowitz Gallery, University of Michigan, Dearborn, MI.

She exhibits and discusses her work in group and solo exhibitions in galleries, on national and international levels. For further information about her work in the visual arts, please contact her at gretchenjo.beck@gmail.com and you can view her art at www.gretchenbeck.com


 

QUILTING AS AN ART FORM

Mobile - An exhibit by the Azalea City Art Quilters is being showcased at the University of South Alabama Marx Library from March 2-April 30th, 2016. The quilts are on display in the Mary Elizabeth and Charles Bernard Rodning Gallery of Art on the third floor of the Marx Library.


Art quilting utilizes fabric, stitching, paint, and other embellishments as a means of creative expression to produce works of art as opposed to producing a functional quilt. Art quilters enjoy expanding the traditional boundaries of what defines a quilt, and employ a variety of techniques including piecing, appliqué, painting, hand and machine stitching, fusing, and embellishing. This exhibit includes both individual and group projects in a variety of artistic styles. Members participating include Susan Ames, Barbara Bayer, Melinda Bounds, Nina Clotfelter, Carolyn Courson, Denise Daniels, Tish Fisackerly, Anne Godwin, Nancy Goodman, Barbara Groseclose, Patricia Hagler, Nancy Lancaster, MaryAnn Logdson, Janet McCurley, Susan Mogan, Annette Oliver, Ann Singleton, Patsy Starkey, Shawn Sumrall, Gail Terrell, Wilma Toney, Elaine Williams, and Mary Gale Woolford.


The Azalea City Art Quilters (AZAQ) are all members of the Azalea City Quilters' Guild (ACQG), which is a nonprofit organization that was established in 1980. Its purpose is to promote the appreciation of quilting, while members develop their skills and learn new techniques. Members share an interest in the art of quilting and have joined together to educate the public about this beautiful American art form. The Guild members exemplify a vast array of talents and skill levels. Several ACQG members have been published in various quilt-related publications and have taught around the Southeast. Members have also entered their work in area, national, and international shows. For more information about either AZAQ or ACQG please contact Susan Mogan at (251) 458-0246 or smogan1@comcast.net, or visit http://azaleacityquiltersguild.com/.


 

Southern Favorites

Mobile – “Southern Favorites” is an 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. This exhibition of artwork brings together several local artists, who beautifully capture the people, places and animals of the South through their paintings. These works of art will be on display through February 29, 2016. The exhibitors are as follows:

Penny Lewis of Mobile, Alabama was born and raised in an artistic family, musical as well as art. She has been drawing and painting since she was very young. She enjoys painting animals, birds and people, with horses being her love. Her medium of choice is oil, but she enjoys watercolor as well as graphite. She is a member of the Mobile Art Association and the Watercolor and Graphic Society.

Carmel Alvis is a native of Mobile Alabama who enjoys portraying the beauty of the Gulf Coast along with painting portraits of both people and pets, architecture and her latest discovery of historical reenactments. She is known for her vibrantly colorful pieces and has been juried into many local art shows and seen in many galleries and local museums. She is a member of the Watercolor and Graphic Society.

Liz Zirlott has been drawing since she was old enough to hold a pencil and is largely a self taught artist. Art was the one thing that could hold her interest in school. After raising a family and retiring, she rediscovered her first love. She has been painting and teaching ever since and is a member of the Mobile Art Association and the Watercolor and Graphic Society.

Nancy Hanrath is an award winning and professional watercolor artist who enjoys painting vibrant florals, colorful landscapes and wildlife. She has developed a realistic style over the past twenty years and strives to capture the essence of her subject through her use of fluid colors. Nancy is a lifetime member of the National Academy of Flemish Painters in Antwerp, Belgium, a member of the Watercolor and Graphic Society, The Portrait Society of America and the Mobile Art Association.
Karen McGahagin is an award winning artist who had the opportunity to devote to full time painting after retiring in 2005. She attended workshops in Mississippi, Alabama and Florida to become a better artist and refine her painting skills. She currently is a member of the Mobile Art Association and the Watercolor and Graphic Society where she has served on the board for several years. Karen is also a member of the local and national Sumi-e Society and a member of the Mobile Arts Council and the Mobile Museum of Art. Her work can be seen at the Dauphin Island Lighthouse Gallery.

Vivienne Stevens has been an art lover all of her life. She had a deep desire to learn to create the type of pieces she admired. She began painting in oil in the mid 70’s. She is now an accomplished oil and watercolor artist. Her favorite subjects to paint are birds, beach scenes, old barns, houses, animals and flowers. She is known for saying, “Getting together with friends and painting is the best therapy in the world”. Vivienne is a member of the Mobile Art Association.

Kathy Sikes started her artistic adventure at the age of thirty eight. Having built houses during this time aided in her inspiring love for art and learning to create it. She studied under Audice Shelton in Mississippi for fourteen years. Kathy has won several awards in Singing Rivers Art Association and has served as the Treasurer of the Biloxi Art Association for six years. She is an astounding artist of watercolor and oil and is a member of the Ocean Springs Art Association.



Chiisai

University of South Alabama Marx Library
Third Floor, Mary Elizabeth and Charles Bernard Rodning Gallery of Art
January 15, 2016 – February 29, 2016

A new art exhibition, "Chiisai" (Japanese for "small"), is currently showing at the University of South Alabama Marx Library. The exhibit will be on display in the glass display cases in the Mary Elizabeth and Charles Bernard Rodning Gallery of Art on the third floor of the Library through February 29, 2016. This collection of art features small paintings and sculptural works by local artist Regina Doi-Kolleger. In Regina's 25 year career as an artist, she has painted murals and panels for public display in U.S. embassies, train stations, art walks, and museums. The work is large scale, sweeping and abstract. Yet, there is another side to her, something she calls "Chiisai" – small and precious, perhaps child-like. In "Chiisai" she sculpts in wax and casts intricate bronze and precious metal jewelry and sculptures. Regina says, "I sculpt animals as I would like to play with them as a child. If in terracotta clay, my figures are spirits of preciousness within."

In this exhibit you will view rough castings and waxes, and have a glimpse into the process of "lost wax metal casting– a process where, an originally sculpted wax is molded then, its model attached to a wax "tree" that reflects the eventual path of poured metal, that occurs in a metal foundry. You will also view sculptural terracotta excerpts from, "Building New York City" a public exhibition from the New York State Museum.

Regina Doi-Kollegger born in Tokyo, Japan is a painter and sculptor. Her fine art is influenced by her Eurasian heritage. Regina's work is displayed in both public and private collections and installations throughout the U.S. and the world, including Saratoga, Manhattan, East Hampton, NY, San Francisco, Austin TX, & Tokyo and Osaka Japan, Dubai and Brunei. Today, Regina paints, sculpts and plays with her horses, puppies and her painter husband, Benno Kollegger at their studio farm on Heron Bayou, Mon Louis Island, Alabama.

All art exhibitions are free and open to the public during regular Library hours. For more information please visit http://www.southalabama.edu/librarygalleries/.