UA Gallery Features OLLI Student Work

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The work of 25 Osher Lifelong Learning Institute students will be displayed at The University of Alabama Gallery from Friday, July 7, to Friday, Aug.18.

The exhibition, “It’s Never Too Late to Start,” is located in the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center in downtown Tuscaloosa and is free and open to the public.

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, or OLLI, is a program that offers noncredit classes without grades or assignments to adults older than age 50.

Karen Jacobs, an OLLI student whose work will be displayed in the exhibit, said she enjoys taking the classes because it gives her the opportunity to explore new interests and develop new hobbies.

“Since I am now retired, I think it is important to continue to learn, especially as we age,” Jacobs said. “Ultimately, OLLI provides opportunities for ongoing involvement, which is very important in developing a daily routine, which, in turn, provides purpose and fulfillment in your life.”

Karen Kennedy, director of the gallery, said the exhibit will include works of photography, printmaking, painting, ceramics, wood working, stained glass, and jewelry.

A reception to celebrate the opening of the exhibition will take place Friday, July 7, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

The UA Gallery offers a year-round schedule of exhibitions of artistic works, artifacts and textiles and other media from permanent collections held by UA, as well as works by faculty, students, and guest artists and designers.

The gallery is at 620 Greensboro Ave. in downtown Tuscaloosa and is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and until 8 p.m. on the first Fridays of the month. For more information, phone Kennedy at the gallery at 205-345-3038 or 205-342-2060.

The gallery is part of UA’s College of Arts and Sciences, the University’s largest division and the largest liberal arts college in the state.


Karen Kennedy, 205-345-3039,


Courtney Corbridge,, communications specialist, Arts and Sciences

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