Past Exhibitions 2017

“TRAVEL THE WORLD” 

Mobile, AL – The University of South Alabama Marx Library is pleased to present a new art exhibit by husband and wife photography team, Ron and Dawn Everts entitled, “Travel the World”. This exhibit is currently on display in the Marx Library first floor gallery through November 15, 2017.

Want to travel the world, but don’t have the time or money? Come and do the next best thing... Travel the world through these beautiful photographs, which were taken in Africa, Asia, Australia, South Pacific, The United States and many other locations. It is Ron and Dawn’s hope that this exhibit will make more people aware of the beauty all around us.
Ron and Dawn have been interested in photography their whole lives and are both well-traveled. Interested in many facets of photography, they have a special love for the beauty of God’s nature, which is exemplified in these photos. We hope you enjoy them!

The exhibit is free and open to the public during regular library hours.


“The Connie Hudson Mobile Regional Senior Community Center Art Exhibit” 

Mobile, AL – 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 29, 2017.

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 volunteer teachers: Charmaine Neylon, Carmel Alvis and Sean Webb.

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.

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


“Beauty in USA's Back Yard” by Ron and Dawn Everts

Mobile, AL – The University of South Alabama Marx Library is pleased to present a new art exhibit by husband and wife photography team, Ron and Dawn Everts. The exhibit entitled, “Beauty in USA’s Back Yard” will be on display in the Marx Library first floor gallery from August 2 – September 29, 2017.

“Beauty in USA’s Back Yard” refers to the beauty Ron and Dawn have discovered at USA’s very own Glenn Sabastian Nature Trail. It is their hope that by this exhibit, they can make more people aware of the beauty of the nature trail. All but two of the photographs in this exhibit were taken at the nature trail (the other two were taken on USA Campus). The nature trail has been a part of the USA campus for nearly 30 years. Efforts to officially recognize the trail began with geography major Amy Milam in 2006. Amy mapped the trails and held numerous fundraisers that helped to pay for trail improvements. She also received approval to name the trail for Dr. Glenn Sebastian. In the fall of 2011, Brian Allred, assistant director of Campus Recreation, spearheaded efforts to bring the nature trail project to fruition. With substantial financial support from the Student Government Association, the Glenn Sebastian Nature Trail is now a reality.

Ron and Dawn have been interested in photography their whole lives and are both well-traveled, having taken pictures the world over. Interested in many facets of photography, they have a special love for the beauty of God’s nature, which is exemplified by the Glenn Sabastian Nature Trail.

The exhibit is free and open to the public during regular library hours.



“In Stillness” by Kathrena Rivera and “The Serpents of Bienville” by Sean and Amanda Herman

Mobile – The University of South Alabama Marx Library is proud to present the combined exhibits of artist Kathrena Rivera’s “In Stillness” and Sean and Amanda Herman’s “The Serpents of Bienville”. This combined show is currently on display on the 1st floor gallery of the library. The exhibit will be on display through April 30, 2017. The exhibit is free and open to the public during regular library hours.

About Artist Kathrena Rivera: Photography has been the main form of Kathrena’s creative expression for the majority of her life. It is a passion that continues to morph, expand and refine the way she views the world. This series reflects her drive to create images that are reminiscent of dreamscapes or memories translated onto film.

Kathrena wants to convey a sense of timelessness and abstract quality to landscapes. A girl walking down a country road, a child running in the park at dusk or a man reaching out to view the horizon of the sea, seemingly unimportant or simplistic moments of humans relating to their surroundings.

This exhibit features work using medium-format film Holga cameras, both standard and pinhole. Kathrena enjoys the simplicity of “toy” cameras. Without multiple settings and sharp lenses the photographer is left with only their vision to rely on. The very limitations of toy and homemade cameras are what appeals to her.

The images were created in-camera using long exposure and Intentional Camera Movement techniques. While still creating a dreamy effect, Kathrena’s goal as an artist is to keep the images as true to the moment of capture as possible.

About Artist Sean Herman: Sean Herman lives and creates art in Daphne, Alabama.  He grew up in Daphne, leaving to pursue his dreams of learning the ancient craft of tattooing.  He began traveling the world, working with highly respected tattooists in Sweden, Canada, New York City, Southern California, and many other cities in his adventures.  His work has been featured in magazines all over the world, including Norway, Russia, Germany, and Taiwan, with over thirty different articles being written on his life and work.  Herman returned home in 2008, longing for the culture he missed, amongst the beautiful Live Oak.   Outside of his craft of tattooing, Herman has had his work shown throughout multiply art galleries, including the MOCCA (the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art) in Toronto.  Sean Herman is currently tattooing by appointment.  He can be reached through his website www.seanherman.com, or by email at sean@seanherman.com

Sean’s illustrations are based on local folklore and ghost stories from the Alabama Gulf Coast and were created using micron pen and ink wash, painstakingly creating detailed images consisting of tiny dots.  These dots grow into a much larger image, one that draws the viewer into specific lore, setting the stage for the larger message to come.  These stories, which have been passed down for generations, are also more closely examined by Herman in essay form, with small explanations accompanying each print hanging at the gallery show. The full essays can be found via the project’s website, www.serpentsofbienville.com

About Amanda Herman: Amanda is a southern writer and creator, vegan recipe experimentalist, discoverer, adventurer, wife and mom to the hyper focused and wildly creative. Amanda has been referred to by the Smithsonian as an Amazonian gladiator, proud supporter of PMA and big hair. By the time I've reached my golden years, I would like at least one person to be able to say, "That old bat may be crazy as a loon, but she can tell a darRn good story".

Contact Information for the Serpents of Bienville:

Website: www.serpentsofbienville.com

Email Address: theserpentsofbienville@gmail.com



D'Iberville: Remembering Katrina, Celebrating Recovery

Mobile, AL – On March 2, 2017 at 1:00 p.m., the D’Iberville Volunteers Foundation will present a new exhibit, “D’Iberville: Remembering Katrina, Celebrating Recovery” at the Mary Elizabeth and Charles Bernard Rodning Gallery of Art, University of South Alabama Marx Library. This exhibit tells the story of this small town’s experiences following Hurricane Katrina. From the period immediately following the passage of the hurricane to its recovery as a vibrant economic leader in South Mississippi, the exhibit uses pictures, artifacts, artwork in several media, and the words of both the citizens of D’Iberville and the volunteers who came from 49 states and 7 foreign countries to travel through the devastation to the first disaster responses all the way to recovery. It captures the incredibly resilient spirit of the citizens and the overwhelming volunteer response that enabled this town that was left with 475 slabs and a destroyed Old Town area as well as a surge and wind damaged northern area to come back stronger than ever. The D’Iberville Volunteers Foundation, led by two local citizens, Irene McIntosh with a doctorate in Counseling Psychology and Ed Cake with a doctorate in Biological Oceanography, focused on rebuilding or building new homes for the residents and restoring a community. They used the scientific method to define and manage the work of the thousands of volunteers to rehabilitate more than 1000 homes and properties as well as building 41 new homes from the ground up. Meanwhile, city leaders and employees worked diligently to restore the city infrastructure and economic base. This two-pronged approach expedited D’Iberville’s recovery.

The exhibit will be on display from March 1 through April 30, 2017. It is free and open to the public during regular library hours.



Paintings and Photographs

Mobile, AL – The University of South Alabama Marx Library is pleased to present a new art exhibit by Susan Rouillier, entitled, “Paintings and Photographs”. The exhibit will be on display in the Mary Elizabeth and Charles Bernard Rodning Gallery of Art on the 3rd floor of the Marx Library from March 1 – April 30, 2017. There will be a "Meet the Artist Reception” on Sunday, March 5, from 3:00-5:00. The reception is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Ms. Rouillier has been drawn to nature all her life. At the University of Melbourne she was a Commonwealth Scholar and did invertebrate research at Wilson’s Promontory in Australia. She graduated with a Biology degree and went on to teach in Australia, Japan and the United States. Rouillier set up a joint ecological project between Meiji Gankuen High School in Kitakyushu, Japan and The School of Math and Science in Mobile, Alabama, funded by the Fulbright MasterTeacher Program. Today Rouillier lives by the water on Mobile Bay where she paints and photographs birds and the natural world of the vast delta estuarium. “Painting makes me feel as vibrantly alive as the creatures that I portray,” she explains. She is grateful to USA Professor Emeritus James Conlon for his guidance and encouragement.

The exhibit is free and open to the public during regular library hours.



War and Remembrance on the Alabama Gulf Coast

The University of South Alabama Marx Library is pleased to present a new exhibit entitled, "War and Remembrance on the Alabama Gulf Coast,” a museum installation that will introduce its viewers to the concept of collective memory and tell the story of the people and places associated with war remembrance in our region. In addition to the panel displays, the glass cases are full of books, photographs and artifacts pertaining to wars throughout our history.

For more information, including audio clips, go to: http://www.usouthal.edu/departments/research/warandmemory/exhibit.html

This exhibit is currently on display through February 28, in the Mary Elizabeth and Charles Bernard Rodning Gallery of Art on the third floor of the library. The exhibit is free and open to the public during regular library hours.


The Flow (The Rhythm of Dance)

Mobile - The University of South Alabama Marx Library is pleased to present a new art exhibit by professional photographer, Vincent Lawson. Lawson has been teaching USA special courses photography classes for over 11 years. He has a strong passion for taking real life photographs that capture the still, small moments in life that would otherwise fade away and be lost. The photos in this exhibit are beautiful examples of Lawson’s talent for capturing and preserving these images on film. He states, “Everything in the universe has a rhythm, everything dances. This quote from Maya Angelou put this show in perfect perspective. These photos are about rhythm, and flow. Flow and rhythm are interchangeable. From fractions of a second to whole seconds these images represent life and the movement of dance.”

This exhibit, “The Flow (The Rhythm of Dance)”, will be on display on the first floor gallery of the Library from January 3 – February 28, 2017. All exhibits are free and open to the public during regular Library hours.