CLOSED: EXHIBITION: Beneath the Fabric – Kelsey Meadows

Date: Thursday, March 26, 2020
Time: 09:00 AM - 08:00 PM
Location: Sella-Granata Art Gallery, 109 Woods Hall
Cost: Free and open to the public

Categories: Department of Art and Art History

The reception has been canceled due to the evolving situation around the University’s planning and scheduling related to the coronavirus. We apologize for any inconvenience. Following UA's health and safety guidelines, this MA thesis exhibition will continue in order to fulfill the requirements for the MA degree, but will be closed to the public. It will be documented and presented in an online exhibition at a future date at  For the latest information about UA, please go to

The University of Alabama Department of Art and Art History is proud to present Beneath the Fabric, the MA thesis exhibition of Kelsey Meadows. The exhibition runs March 23-27, 2020, in the Sella-Granata Art Gallery on UA campus. The public is invited to a reception, Monday, March 23 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. 

Meadows will showcase unglazed ceramic sculptures which she created after studying a variety of objects under the scanning electron microscope. She used the microscope to explore formal visual properties of organic and inorganic objects – properties like positive and negative space, and light and shadow – at The University of Alabama’s Central Analytical Facility. Meadows looked at organic objects that were close at hand, like clay and ceramic glaze, and then branched out to natural items such as bees and seeds, and even, she added, “a few extremely old fragments of Earth’s mantle” that she had, as well as inorganic objects. “I was studying form. There is an incredible similarity between the categories [of organic and inorganic objects] visually when you take the context of the object itself out of the equation.”

Meadows realized that, magnified thousands of times under the microscope, these objects became much more complex, like microscopic landscapes and other worlds. The micrographs she collected became references images for her sculptural work. But, she noted, her works are inspired by the images. They are not a literal translation of them.

“Viewing ordinary materials under a lens,” Meadows said, “reveals the more peculiar aspects of their nature, exposing the abstract structural elements that form the tangible world. Beyond the scope of our vision, matter itself exists with distinctive beauty in the shapes, textures and patterns that link together.”

Meadows, from Sykesville, Maryland, holds a BFA in ceramics and sculpture from Frostburg State University. She is a graduate teaching assistant in ceramics, working toward the MFA.

The Sella-Granata Art Gallery features student exhibitions, as well as visiting artists, and is a vital learning resource for the UA department of Art and Art History. Admission to the Sella-Granata Art Gallery is free. Spring 2020 gallery hours are Monday through Thursday 9 a.m.-8 p.m., and Friday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Information about visitor parking is available on the UA parking services website. Parking is free on campus in a legal space after business hours. For more information, contact the gallery at (205) 348-1893.

For more information about The University of Alabama’s programs in studio art and art history, visit our Degree Programs page.

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