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Alumni Association Photo Exhibit Offers ‘Perspectives’ of UA Artists

Tamara Smelley

Tamara Smelley

By Deidre Stalnaker

The UA National Alumni Association (NAA) is hosting the photographic exhibit “Perspectives,” at the Ferguson Center April 18-May 4.

The exhibit showcases unconventional portraits of UA student, faculty and staff artists in a range of fields. All the photos were taken by Rachael Crawley, a senior at UA and editorial assistant with UA alumni publications.

“I tried to capture the artist embodying their respective art form,” said Crawley. “The photos are representative of the arts in the general meaning and the artists in an individual sense.”

The production of the photos, from conception to scheduling to the actual photo shoots, was completed in two weeks. “Getting the photo shoots planned and completed took lots of determination and extra hours,” Crawley added. “Luckily for us, all of the artists were willing to be flexible with their time in order to help make this happen.”

Lowell Baker

Lowell Baker

Laura Lineberry, instructor in the department of art and also the design consultant for alumni publications, when brainstorming ideas for the NAA annual report with the alumni publications team, mentioned that it was the Year of Alabama Arts, as designated by the Alabama Bureau of Tourism and Travel. The campaign is designed to be a year-long celebration of the arts in Alabama that encourages both visitors and Alabamians to spend time experiencing every form of art that Alabama has to offer.

The editorial team decided that the annual report would honor UA artists in conjunction with the state-wide celebration. Some of the photos in the exhibit are in the association’s annual report released earlier this month.

“Our projects are, obviously, alumni centered,” said Janice Fink, manager of alumni publications. “It was nice to have an opportunity to showcase people on campus to our members. There were so many beautiful shots and we couldn’t put them all in the report, so we decided to present this exhibit.”

They chose people who could best represent the wide array of arts at UA, from filmmakers to painters, actors to writers, dancers to photographers and a myriad of other disciplines. The exhibit features artists from the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Communication and Information Sciences and the College of Human Environmental Sciences.

Sonequa Martin

Sonequa Martin

NAA Photo Exhibit “Perspectives” has moved to the second floor of Alumni Hall (beside the Bryant Conference Center)

Please come and visit the show at its new location, on display through May 4. For directions to Alumni Hall call 348-1549.