Inaugural Alabama Triennial Exhibit at UAB’s AEIVA to Exclusively Feature Alabama Artists – News

This exciting exhibition recurring from June 10 to August 10. 12 will feature some of Alabama’s best and brightest contemporary artists working today.

  • Erin LeAnn Mitchell, “What you don’t have in your head, you must have in your feet”, 2021. Acrylic, spray paint, fabric appliqué and glitter on canvas, 60 inches x 60 inches. Courtesy of the artist Erin LeAnn Mitchell.

  • Jillian Marie Browning, “The Thick Skin“, 2022, cyanotype. Courtesy of the artist ©️ Jillian Marie Browning.

  • Tony Bingham, “Ancestral Light Capture: Broken bottle glass as lens for Camera obscura # 1”, 2020. Pinhole photo negative/photomural, 12 feet x 10 feet. Courtesy of the artist ©️Tony Bingham.

AEIVA Alabama 2022 Triennial Events:
– Free Friday, June 10, opening reception with artist Erin LeAnn Mitchell in conversation with AEIVA’s John Fields.
– A free screening of selected films by artist Lily Ahree Siegel, at 6 p.m. on Thursday July 28.
– Free Closing Reception and Alabama Triennale Book Launch Party on Friday, August 12, featuring “rapid-fire” artist talks from many of the participating Alabama Triennale artists.

A new exhibition will exclusively feature works by artists born or currently living in Alabama, at the University of Alabama at Birmingham from June 10 through August 10. 12.

the 2022 Alabama Triennial is organized by the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts of the UAB. The triennial will occupy all the exhibition spaces of AEIVA. This exciting recurring exhibit will feature some of Alabama’s best and brightest contemporary artists working today. A private viewing, free and open to the public, will take place at 6 p.m. on Friday June 10, at AEIVA.

The first iteration of the Alabama Triennial is hosted by AEIVA Director John Fields, Lydia Cheney and Jim Sokol, and AEIVA Assistant Curator, Tina Ruggieri. Future iterations will be curated by guest curators from across the region.

Selections will include a wide range of artists from different ages, cultures, interests and artistic mediums. The show includes painting, photography, sculpture, textiles, neon, video, sound art, printmaking and more.

Alabama hasn’t always done a great job over decades of recognizing talent in our own backyard, Fields says.

“There are so many artists working in Alabama right now who are operating at a high level of sophistication — artists who have significant careers in places other than their home country,” Fields said. “I also see this exhibition as a community building enterprise. So many artists from this first group meet for the very first time through this exhibition, even if they work a few kilometers from each other.

Artists featured in the 2022 Alabama Triennial at AEIVA include:

  • Tony Bingham
  • Jillian Marie Browning
  • Annie Kammerer Butrus
  • Tameca Cole
  • Derek Cracco
  • Lauren Frances Evans
  • Steven Mark Finley Jr.
  • Sydney a host family
  • Roscoe Hall
  • Chintia Kirana
  • Jonathan Lanier
  • Jasper Lee
  • Erin LeAnn Mitchell
  • Lily Reeves
  • Missy Roller
  • Lily Ahree Siegel

Each triennial will feature a solo exhibition alongside the larger exhibition to recognize and showcase an Alabama artist of special significance. For the inaugural event, a solo presentation of works by Mitchell, entitled “What you don’t have in your head you’ve got to have in your feet”, will accompany the exhibition. Mitchell’s exhibition will occupy AEIVA’s Gallery One.

“We hope this exhibition will surprise, provoke and challenge viewers by presenting ideas and viewpoints from such a diverse group,” Ruggieri said. “The breadth of creativity and talent is abundant in the state of Alabama, and this is a small selection that we believe showcases that talent. Many artists have taken advantage of this opportunity to create new works specifically for this exhibition and take conceptual risks they might not otherwise have taken.

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