New art facility opens Thursday

By on January 15, 2014

January 16 marks the official opening of the Abroms-Engel Institute of Visual Arts.

“[We have] a fantastic show featuring the best works from the local private collections, as well as sample work from the UAB art faculty and students,” associate design professor Doug Barrett said.

The AEIVA joins the growing artist community in Birmingham allowing for a greater selection of work to be displayed on campus in the climate controlled gallery space.

“We do not view ourselves as competitive, rather joining the community of those governing platforms as a partner in artistic exhibition,” Dean of the College Arts and Sciences Robert Palazzo said.

The brick, zinc and glass building adds over 25,000 square feet to the art department not only for galleries, but also for classrooms and offices that will now be in operation.

“[We are] very excited to use the new space. It is really different. It was created to be a design teaching space so it is open and has everything we need for design and new media,” Barrett said.

Art and technology intersect often on the west side of campus where the AEIVA unites the Alys Stephens and Hulsey Centers as the ‘university arts district.’ Vistors can now enjoy a custom light installation throught the AEIVA.

“[It is] a place to learn, create art, and visit exhibitions of world-class art, and a platform for the exchange of ideas and artistic experience,” Palazzo said.

Artistic expression was a main focal point for the building both in terms of use and in design. Los Angeles architect Randall Stout, a former associate of the famed Frank Gehry, designed the two-story building.

The central AEIVA skylight is the icon of the new Department of Art & Art History logo created by Bloom studio senior design students Betsy Cates, Charles Carraway, Leannya Long and Razaq Kadri.

“The branding of the DAAH coincides with the opening of the AEIVA but also my arrival as the new chair. [That was] one of my goals in my first year as chair for recruitment and outreach [purposes],” said Art and Art History chair Lauren Lake said.

The facility was passed by the University of Alabama Board of Trustees in February 2011. The ground breaking ceremony was held the following November.

Alyssa Mitchell

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About Alyssa Mitchell

Hello! I’m Alyssa Mitchell, or am for short, and I’m into graphic design and media arts. Generating bright ideas. Some things you should know about me is that I love to paint and take photographs. I still read tactile books. I like the feel of the paper between my fingers. My favorite forms of exercise include swimming, scuba diving, kick boxing, and running near my apartment in Five Points. No run could be complete without a playlist, especially considering I was a deejay for four years. Before I made the switch to graphic design I was editor of the Kaleidoscope in 2009. I am committed to keeping environmental practices. I have a passion for travel: to explore new places and to discover life in different cultures. More recently you can find my infographic poster in the 2011 Adobe Design Achievement Awards semifinalist gallery, and it took second at both the 2012 Birmingham AIGA Emerging Designers Showcase and the 2010 Birmingham AIGA Salon Des Refuses Show. My packaging project entitled Split Milk brought me my first Gold ADDY, a place in Core77's Design Awards, and is featured on the French Paper Co.’s Run of the Mill blog. My first time out at the ADDYs I took home a shiny silver trophy in alternative advertising.
  • gnosticmike

    Anything of interest to the curious public that an avid art enthusiast might find interestimh?

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