TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The University of Alabama Gallery will debut a selection of paintings and sculptures from the never-before-seen Blount Collection of Art starting Wednesday, Nov. 29 in the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center in downtown Tuscaloosa.
The exhibition, titled “Multifarious: Eclectic Selections from the Blount Collection of Art,” features 27 works in a variety of mediums and genres.
“I tried to pick a wide selection so that people could get a sense of the breadth of the collection,” said Karen Kennedy, the director of the University Gallery and curator of the exhibit.
According to Dr. Fred Whiting, the director of UA’s Blount Scholars Program, the collection, which is composed of more than 50 pieces, was donated by the Blount Foundation to the program in 2003.
Industrialist and former U.S. Postmaster General Winton Blount established the foundation in conjunction with Blount Inc. in order to support education and the arts through philanthropy.
The exhibit will be on display at the gallery until Jan. 26, 2018, and an opening reception will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 1. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.
The UA Gallery offers a year-round schedule of exhibitions of artistic works, artifacts, textiles and more from permanent collections held by UA, as well as works by faculty, students, and guest artists and designers.
It is located at 620 Greensboro Ave. in downtown Tuscaloosa and is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the first Fridays of the month from noon until 8 p.m. For more information, phone the gallery at 205-345-3038 or phone 205-342-2060.
The Blount Scholars Program and the Paul R. Jones Gallery are part of UA’s College of Arts and Sciences, the University’s largest division and the largest liberal arts college in the state. Students from the College have won numerous national awards including Rhodes and Goldwater scholarships.
The University of Alabama, the state’s oldest and largest public institution of higher education, is a student-centered research university that draws the best and brightest to an academic community committed to providing a premier undergraduate and graduate education. UA is dedicated to achieving excellence in scholarship, collaboration and intellectual engagement; providing public outreach and service to the state of Alabama and the nation; and nurturing a campus environment that fosters collegiality, respect and inclusivity.