Carolyn Norris: Folk Art of the Mississippi Delta
January 18 – March 6
A self-taught artist, Carolyn Norris lives and paints in the folk art tradition in Mississippi delta. Her work depicts scenes from the everyday that are both personal and more broadly connected to her community of Cleveland, MS. As is typical of folk artists, Norris is known for using a variety of materials in creating her artwork inclusive of garage door panels and the wooden back of a dresser as painting surfaces and house paint and makeup for pigment. Norris’ subject matter is as broad as the materials she uses in creating her paintings. These include portraits, farming, honky-tonks, baptisms, youth sporting events, rural scenes and socializing among friends and family that relate history, life, culture and personal experiences through art.
Spirit of the Delta: The Art of Carolyn Norris by author Dorothy Shawhan, former Chair of the Division of Languages & Literature Emerita and Professor Emerita of English at Delta State University, was available throughout the exhibition. Kim and Mollie Rushing of Delta State University joined Carolyn Norris at the opening reception and spoke on folk and outsider art.
As MoseT Would See It: Expressions Through the Life of Mose Tolliver on Loan from Dr. R. Douglas Hawkins
March 22 – March 8
While the year of his birth is unknown, Mose Toliver was born on the 4th of July in Pike Road, Alabama. He became an artist later in life after a debilitating accident crushed his legs leaving him unable to continue work at a furniture factory where he had been employed. Tolliver became known as MoseT because this is how the prolific outsider artist signed all of his artwork. His subject matter was largely whimsical examples of animals, flora, and humans that were painted primarily on plywood with house paint. While Tolliver’s art is deeply appreciated throughout his home state of Alabama, it is recognized and collected throughout the United States. His work has been exhibited at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the American Folk Art Museum and the Corcoran Gallery of Art.
Dr. R. Douglas Hawkins, of Troy, Alabama and long-time collector of folk art has has prepared 90 pieces of MoseT's work to be displayed in this traveling exhibition. Hawkins began collecting in the early 1990s, but his collection dates from the early 1970s until the year of Tolliver's death in 2006. Hawkins holds one of the most comprehensive collections of MoseT’s work.
National Watercolor Society Traveling Exhibition 2015
May 24 – July 10
Thirty aquamedia works on paper including award winners from the juried National Watercolor Society 95th Annual Exhibition were included in this annual traveling exhibition.
Helen Keller Art Show of Alabama 2015
June 1 – June 30
An annual juried exhibition of works by Alabama children who are visually impaired, blind or deaf-blind. The exhibition tours to various state museums and agency galleries from February through June. The show was established in 1983 as a cooperative project of the University of Alabama Birmingham Vision Science Research Center, UAB Education and Outreach Module, UAB School of Optometry and the UAB School of Education all of which serve children with visual impairments.
July 19 – September 9
An annual exhibition featuring the work of Tennessee Valley Art Association artist members.