2016 Exhibit Schedule
Troika: Cuba Soul Deep- May 1 - July 8, 2016
A collaborative exhibit of photographs by Julio Larramendi, a Cuban journalist; Chip Cooper, a photographer and Artist in Residence at the University of Alabama Honors College; and Karen Graffeo, an artist and professor of Photography at the University of Montevallo.
Their beautiful photographs provide a view out of the ordinary, as well as insights into the multilayered lives and customs of Cuba as it experiences the promise of change.
Artist Statement, Julio Larramendi
Cubania, the Cuban flavor.
A blend of Spanish and African, a soupçon of the indigenous with a dash of French surnames and slanted eyes, the Cuban nation rises from a fertile terrain with exuberant vegetation, in a melting pot of imported and recreated traditions, new customs and religions amalgamated in syncretic faiths. Cuban Creoles incorporated the best of their origins in a mixture of new experiences, dreams and aspirations, thus forming a new identity, catalyzed by the abolition of slavery and the fight for freedom.
Hospitality, generosity, sensuality, the lively wit of men and women, their love of music and dance, for joking and enjoying life, a capacity for resistance and adaptation, an explosive and rebellious nature are characteristics that have been consolidated over the years to finally add up to that very special essence of cubania—the Cuban flavor.
This exhibit draws us closer to that world, which is diverse and not too well known to the American public. It seeks to show this essential part of Cuban society without aiming to exhaust the subject or set parameters. Consider this to be a body of sketches for a more extensive painting.
The challenge has been to avoid falling into the anecdotal or casuistic, of succumbing to some folkloric or touristy vision, of being either extremely acerbic or saccharine. Behind each face there lies a personal story that has been told or ignored and, which, in many instances, it is common to all.
The images were taken with my friends Karen Graffeo and Chip Cooper over the last months, going up and down Havana City, partaking with our people on the streets and in their homes, in fields and barns, in near towns and communities.
Nikki Grace Yates, a student at The Helen Keller School, AIDB, Talladega, AL.
Artwork title: “We Need Peace”
Saniya Sanders, a student at Alabama School for the Blind, AIDB.
Artwork title: “Magnolia
Purchase Awards were selected by the following individuals and agencies:
Patty Johnson Award-Helen Keller Foundation Board
Colbert Co. Board of Tourism and Convention Bureau
UAB Vision Science Research Education and Outreach Module
The EyeSight Foundation of Alabama
UAB Callahan Eye Hospital
Council for Exceptional Children/Division for Visual Impairments
UAB School of Education Curriculum & Instruction
The Nelson Family Award
ArtWorks July 24 - September 2, 2016
An annual exhibition featuring the work of Tennessee Valley Art Association artist members.
Michael Willett: Space and Order September 25 - November 11, 2016
An exhibition of striking mixed media paintings, created from subtle combinations of acrylic and enamel paint, screen-print and collage on canvas. These process-based paintings are influenced by the collaging techniques of sample-based musicians.
Trees of Christmas December 2 - December 24, 2016
An annual display of nine 12' tall live fir trees decorated by artists, civic and school groups and individuals. Original themes and decorations reflect the cultural stories of the northwest Alabama community.