Samford Art Gallery

2017-18 Schedule 

Between the Shadow and the Light: An Exhibition Out of South Africa

September 4- October 17
September 12, 5:30-7 p.m. Reception
September 19, 6 p.m., Artists panel discussion in partnership with anima: the Center for Worship and the Arts, Bolding Studio
7:15 p.m., Reception, Art Gallery

In 2013, ten American and ten African artists participated in the R5 Creative Seminar in Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa.  This diverse exhibition reflects the artists reactions to the cultural exchange and issues discussed at the seminar.  This exhibit has traveled extensively in the United States over the past two years and will feature two Samford faculty members, Joe Cory and Larry Thompson.

The Art of Illustration: An Exhibition by Rob McClurkan

Oct. 16-Nov 11 
Nov. 9, 4 - 5:30 p.m. Closing Reception and Artist's Talk 

Special Gallery Hours for Homecoming:  Saturday, November 11, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Samford alum Rob McClurkan exhibits his work in book illustration.  His recent work focuses on children's book illustration, including the recent publication, Aw, Nuts!

Graduating Senior Art Exhibition

December 11-16

Reception after commencement December 16. Graduating seniors will display their senior projects for public and professional review. 

From Sketch to Stage: A Retrospective of Theatre Design by Eric Olson

Jan. 22-Feb. 21, 2018
Feb. 1, 4-5:30 p.m. Reception

Eric Olson served the Samford University community as Theatre faculty and designer for 41 years.  Honoring Eric's recent retirement the art department in partnership with the Department of Theatre and Dance presents a retrospective of Olson's design work, exhibiting the process from initial sketch to finished stage.

Flowers, Beads and Glitter by Natalie Harrison

March 1-26, 2018
March 1, 4-5:30 p.m. Reception, Artist's Talk 5 p.m.

This show consists of tapestries made of paint. Natalie Harrison experiments with various manipulations of paint in which the paint strays away from the picture plane and becomes a three dimensional form. In this body of work, she has molded paint into bead, lace and floral forms. While the molds themselves remain consistent, the paint allows each bead to have individuality. These pieces are then meditatively collaged together to create a tapestry of paint. The detail of each piece urges the viewer to slow down and take a closer look. Harrison recently joined the staff at the School of the Arts and holds her MFA from the University of Tennessee.

Annual Juried Art and Design Show sponsored by Michael J.
and Mary Anne Freeman

April 3-24, 2018
April 24, 4-5:30 p.m. Reception and Awards Ceremony

Art students will submit their matted and display-ready art for juror selection. All students that have taken art courses in the art department within the last year are eligible to submit their art. Scholastic and art awards will be presented at the reception April 24.

Graduating Senior Art Exhibition sponsored by Steve and Debby Heitzke

May 7-12, 2018

Reception after commencement May 12. Graduating seniors will display their senior projects for public  and professional review. 

Samford Art Gallery Solo Show Submission

Please fill out the following form for consideration to be shown in our Samford University Art Gallery. Our gallery schedule is normally booked up about a year out. We have a small stipend for those selected to show work in the gallery. Preference is given to work that has conceptual weight and uniqueness.