Alabama printmakers to be subject of final lecture in Year of Alabama Arts series

AUBURN – Lynn Barstis Williams will present “Alabama Printmakers: Images of Alabama and Beyond” on Tuesday, March 13, at 4 p.m. at Auburn University’s Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art to conclude “New Perspectives: Looking at 20th-Century Alabama Art,” a lecture series celebrating the Year of Alabama Arts.

Williams, librarian for Special Collections and Art at AU, will give an overview of prints made by Alabama artists during the first half of the 20th century. She will then examine printmaking at the end of the century and show how artists returned from abstraction to recognizable imagery, using it in creative ways with both new and traditional print media.

Williams has written extensively on Alabama artists and printmakers and is the author of “Imprinting the South: Southern Printmakers and Their Images of the Region, 1920-1940s,” a book published by the University of Alabama Press and available June 2007. Williams has a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois and a master of library science degree from the State University of New York at Albany.

The series brought distinguished scholars from museums and universities across the Southeast to Auburn and five other Alabama communities to discuss the state’s rich artistic heritage, offer interpretative insights and encourage a broader understanding of Alabama’s contributions to America’s visual arts culture.

New Perspectives is sponsored by Auburn University’s Center for the Arts and Humanities in the College of Liberal Arts and the Alabama Humanities Foundation, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities. It is co-sponsored by the Alabama Center for the Book, AU Art Department, and Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art. For more information, call (334) 844-4946.

(Contributed by Betsy Panhorst.)

Contact: Besty Panhorst, (334) 844-4946 (panhoec@auburn.edu), or
Mike Clardy, (334) 844-9999, (clardch@auburn.edu)