AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Fellowship grants from the Alabama State Council on the Arts will provide two Auburn University alumnae and a current faculty member with the means to foster current and future art projects.
Kyes Stevens, founder and director of the Alabama Prison Arts + Education Project, and Brooke Bullman, a writer from Huntsville, each earned a $5,000 fellowship in literature. Chuck Hemard, an associate professor of art at Auburn, received one of two $5,000 fellowships in media/photography.
AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Allyson Comstock, a professor in the Department of Art in Auburn University’s College of Liberal Arts, has been awarded a National Science Foundation grant through the Antarctic Artists and Writers Program.
Comstock is one of just two artists and the only awardee from Alabama to be selected this year. She will travel to Antarctica in October and will spend two months working collaboratively with researchers at Palmer Station to create a set of 30 total drawings to represent the Antarctic environment.
AUBURN – The Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art at Auburn University will present the exhibition, “Promises of Freedom: Selections from the Arthur Primas Collection,” Dec. 10 through March 10.
“Promises of Freedom” features a range of works from the private collection of African-American art amassed by Arthur Primas, a Texas resident and prominent entertainment manager.
The exhibition includes 75 paintings, sculpture, drawings and prints by more than 30 artists and spans a period of 150 years. Highlighting artwork by Benny Andrews, Richmond Barthé, Romare Bearden, Elizabeth Catlett, Sam Gilliam, Jacob Lawrence, Howardena Pindell and Hale Woodruff, among others, the exhibition illustrates the universal quest for freedom and its impediments.
AUBURN – The Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art at Auburn University will open an exhibition of Haitian art, “Lespri Endonptabl: Selected Works from the Winslow Anderson Collection of Haitian Art at the Huntington Museum of Art,” that will be on display from Aug. 20 through Oct. 29 in the Noel and Kathryn Dickinson Wadsworth Gallery and the Chi Omega–Hargis Gallery.
“Lespri endonptabl,” Haitian Creole for ‘the indomitable spirit,’ is an exhibition of 32 objects produced in Haiti between 1945 and 1990 depicting themes of everyday life, landscape, flora, fauna, agriculture, folklore and Voodoo.
AUBURN – Auburn University will host “Collaboration and Innovation,” an arts exhibition celebrating the works of ninth-grade Auburn Junior High School students who participated in the Room Eleven program, Thursday, May 19, at 6:30 p.m. in Auburn’s Biggin Hall Gallery.
“Room Eleven is a collaborative venture between artists, teachers and students that infuses the traditional classroom with the arts,” said ninth-grade language arts teacher, Whitney Reed. “As a result of their work together, the students have come away with enriched understandings not only of the curriculum, but of who they are, where they live and why art matters. ‘Collaboration and Innovation’ is a celebration of the arts and education that are taking place in our own Auburn community.”
AUBURN – Virginia Davis, an associate professor in Auburn’s Department of Chemical Engineering, will present the public lecture, “The History and Future of Nanotechnology in Art,” Thursday, March 24, from 5-7 p.m. at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art at Auburn University.
In her talk, Davis will discuss how the size and shape of particles determine color, and how recent scientific advances help us understand not only phenomena such as the iridescence of butterfly wings, but also practical applications such as how to make more durable paint.