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The Sarah Moody Gallery of Art and the department of art and art history are pleased to present the student-curated exhibition, 14 SELECT(IONS), from March 22 through May 7, 2021, in the two front rooms of the gallery. Students in Professor Craig Wedderspoon’s ART 525 and 625 Graduate Critiques course – Ryan Ackers, Sarah Dittmann, Zoe Fitch, Molly Greene, Will Henry, Parker Hunt, Juan Lopez-Bautista, Upneet Kaur Mair, Kelsey Meadows, Kole Nichols, Shivam Pawar, Amber Quinn, Rene Thompson, and Sandra Vega – selected works from the SMGA’s Permanent Collection, resulting, as exhibitions coordinator Vicki Rial noted, “in 14 points of view trained upon 14 works of art.”
Professor Wedderspoon gave each of the students in the class the task of choosing a single work from the Permanent Collection to research and write about. The collection is made up of more than 1,600 works – paintings, prints and small sculptures – collected by the gallery since 1950.
Because each work will be in the context of the other surrounding works, Wedderspoon directed the students in the class to discuss their choices with each other – their curating partners in this exhibition – and to “consider not only the individual pieces, but the overall composition of the exhibition as well.”
Students were given a list of artists and works, chose a work off-site, and then were given an opportunity to look at the collection’s works in person. Rial, who has worked with the collection for two decades, guided the students through its storage facility. She explained, “Prior to their visit, Bill Dooley [SMGA director] pulled the works by the artists that the students had selected. But I also took the students through the framed portion of the collection, as there is a real opportunity there. We have so many artists of note that may not be recognized from a list of names or titles.”
“Seeing and responding to the work in person is an opportunity I relish and enjoy seeing others experience,” Rial remarked about working with the graduate students. “It was a great experience to share the collection with so many personalities. The selections speak to their interests as well as their work.”
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Funding support for the Sarah Moody Gallery of Art comes from the department of art and art history and the College of Arts and Sciences. Additional support comes from the Farley Moody Galbraith Endowed Exhibition Fund. Admission to the gallery is free. Hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m., and 1:00–4:30 p.m., when school is in session. The gallery is located at 103 Garland Hall in the heart of UA campus on Woods Quad. Information about visitor parking is available on the UA Parking Services website. Parking is free on campus in a legal space after business hours.