2018-19 Schedule 

Heaven's Gate: The Work of Debra Smith Barnes
Pilgrim's Progress: The Work of Ted Barnes

August 27- September 25
September 25, 4-5:30 p.m. Reception with artist's talk at 4:30 p.m.

Samford University’s Department of Art & Design welcomes husband and wife duo Ted and Debra Barnes. They will present two complementary exhibits in one space, creating a complex dialogue on matters of spirit, sensation, and beauty. At times political, and other times ornamentally patterned, this work will gift viewers with the partnered perspectives of two accomplished artists.

The Art and Design of Samford's Faculty

Oct. 1 - Nov. 3
Oct. 2 , 4 - 5:30 p.m.  Reception 

Special Gallery Hours for Homecoming:  Saturday, November 3, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

The Division Art & Design Faculty will present their studio work to the university community in the Samford Art Gallery. This exhibit will offer a glimpse into the recent research and professional practices of Samford's Art & Design Faculty, and will range from paintings, to posters, to floorplans.

Fine Arts Majors  Senior Exhibition

November 8-16, Nov. 15, Reception 4-5:30 p.m.

Graduating seniors will display their capstone works and portfolios of art and design for public and professional review.  

Design Majors  Senior Exhibition

December 10-15

Reception after commencement December 15. Graduating seniors will display their senior capstone projects of graphic design and interior architecture for public and professional review. 

Wrapped UP, Tied Up, Tangled Up: The Work of Lauren Frances Evans

Jan. 22-Feb. 21, 2019
Jan. 24, 4-5:30 p.m. Reception, Artist's Talk, 4:30 p.m.

The Art Department welcomes its newest faculty member, Lauren Frances Evans. Lauren received her MFA from The University of Maryland, College Park and her BA in Studio Art and BS in Business Administration from the College of Charleston.

Evans’ sculptures and collages explore relationships between faith and flesh, and they invade mystery’s personal space. Evans is a multi-disciplinary artist, and her highly visceral works are as fascinating materially as they are metaphorically. This exhibit will be an exciting opportunity to introduce Evans’ work to the Samford community and Birmingham public.

The Beautiful: An Exhibition by CIVA Artists

March 4-28, 2019
March 5, 4-5:30 p.m. Opening Reception, Artist's Talk 4:30 p.m.

In his essay “The Weight of Glory,” C.S. Lewis suggests that beauty comes to us as “brightness, splendor, and luminosity.” We know that encounters with beauty are essential to human flourishing. Indeed, such experiences capture our imagination and animate our souls; they invite us to pause and consider the nature and meaning of our material world and the one who created it all. In the modern period, artists often had a conflicted relationship to beauty. On one hand, they were drawn to beauty’s sublime qualities. On the other, they realized that a superficial understanding of beauty could be either a means to avoid the world’s suffering or a charm that incites consumer desire. Nonetheless, our need for beauty remains. In the shadow of Adam and Eve’s fall from grace there exists what some describe as a “broken beauty” — beauty that still captures heart and mind but contends with the fallenness of our world. This exhibit gathers more than 35 contemporary works of art executed in a variety of media and genres that bear witness to beauty as it appears to us in the complex landscape of contemporary culture.

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

April 8-18, 2019
April 18, 4-5:30 p.m. Reception and Awards Ceremony, Presentation at 4:30 p.m.

This yearly exhibition spotlights the best work created by our Fine Art, Graphic Design, and Interior Architecture students. Artworks on display are handpicked by our own Art & Design faculty, and a visiting juror selects award-winners. The exhibition culminates in an award and scholarship ceremony on Thursday, April 18.

Fine Arts Majors  Senior Exhibition

April 19-25, April 25, Reception 4-5:30 p.m. 

Graduating seniors will display their capstone works and portfolios of art and design for public and professional review.  

Design Majors  Senior Exhibition
underwritten by Steve and Debby Heitzke

May 6-11, reception to follow commencement

Reception after commencement May 11. Graduating seniors will display their senior capstone projects of graphic design and interior architecture 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.