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Works by students, chosen by artist and guest juror William Downs, will be featured in the Annual Juried Student Exhibition at the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts from January 14 – March 19, 2022. This will mark the 46th year for the annual exhibition, presented by the UAB College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Art and Art History.

The Juried Student Exhibition is an experiential learning opportunity for the students of the UAB Department of Art and Art History. The show is open to all students who took art and art history courses in the past two years.

Featured in the exhibition are works by students: Kaitlyn Avery, Disney Bagwell, Sam Bearden, Brandon Beasley, Michelle Byrd, Kena Cheatham, Kaylee Coffman, Xie Beth Craig, Matthew Davis, Katie Davis, Kylie DeBardlebon, Emily Eiras, Thomas Fish, Victoria Flores, Ashley Frith, Mikayla Hammock, Lindsey Hand, Rhiannon Harris, Sania Hasham, Abby Henderson, Merritt Hendrixson, Cesar Herrejon, Josh Hoggle, Delaney Howlett, I$H, Zaria Jackson, Anna-Marie Kennedy, Anne Kerr-Brown, Wes Ladner, Kayla Lazrak, Rue Lee, Lakesha Lee, Angel Levesque, Maddie Manston, Cole Martin, Alecia Martinez, Trevor Mastro, Jae McDonald, Erin McMahon, Samantha Mendez, Harper Nichols, Suzanne Noble, Corina Ortiz, Matthew Reid Owens, Keilicia Parker, Jaylin Pinkney, Faith Potter, Leilaalsadat Rezaeidemneh, Joshua Roh, Thomas Rooney, Kaitlin Runnels, Levi Sanford, Kenny Saylor Jr., Noë Shields, Savannah Singleton, Savanah Snowden, Curtis Stallworth, Mollie Standifer, Elizabeth Stephens, Jessica Swarts, Cole Swarts, Alexander Tucker, Ella Waddell, Jessica Weldon, Madyson White, Maria Willingham, and Derek Cracco’s Fall 2021 Screen Printing Class.

William Downs, exhibition juror and Atlanta-based artist stated, “I knew that my work was cut out for me when I saw the submissions. It wasn’t the amount that was here, no, it was the quality and the great voices behind beach work of art. If there was enough wall space, everyone would have been selected! The figure was the line that drew everything together for my selection process.”

William Downs, born in Greenville, South Carolina, creates and resides in Atlanta, GA. He earned his multidisciplinary MFA from the Mount Royal School of Art at the Maryland Institute College of Art and his BFA in Painting and Printmaking from the Atlanta College of Art and Design. Downs has shown in a sundry of group and solo exhibitions at venues across the United States and abroad including Eva Chimento Gallery, LA, Contemporary Art Museum, MS, and the Century Gallery in London. In 2018, he received the Artadia Award and a Nellie Mae Rowe Fellowship at the Hambidge Creative Residency Center Program. Downs’ work featured in the Art AIDS America exhibition which toured nationally for a year headed by Rock Hushka and Johnathan Katz. Following, his work was a part of the prolific Black Pulp! exhibition piloted by the International Print Center New York. This exhibit was also shown at The Contemporary Art Museum at the University of South Florida and the African American Museum in Philadelphia. Downs is currently showing at Derek Eller Gallery in New York, “Pieces of a Man” Solo exhibition of large scale drawing on paper, wood panel, and canvas. Downs is also a visiting Critic at Anderson Ranch in Colorado this Fall.

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Per UAB guidelines, masks are required at all times regardless of vaccination/boosted status.

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