2020-21 John and Marsha Floyd Art and Design Series

We have planned a unique combination of exhibits that will feature our students' work along with faculty, regional and national artists.  The gallery events are subject to change given the uncertainty of COVID and its potential impact on our community.  Please check this site for updates throughout the year.

The Dream Deferred

August 24-October 23, 2020

From its inception with the Declaration of Independence, America claimed that “all men were created equal, and endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights.” But what about the right to breathe? 244 years since that document was penned and signed, troubling times and events continue to demonstrate that injustice and inequality still plague our country. The Dream Deferred features a collection of printmakers who have responded in their own ways to racial injustice and inequality in America, seeking to catalyze constructive conversation. This exhibit is curated by Samford Art and Design Associate Professor Geoff Sciacca and Jacksonville State University Assistant Professor Christian Dunn. 

by Sarah West 

October 29 -November 23, 2020

The word syzygy refers to an alignment, often of the celestial variety. In her paintings, Sarah West creates a cosmos of symbols sacred and domestic, ancient and contemporary, corporeal and digital. The fragmentary nature and floating aspect of these forms creates new narratives, alternately diaristic and global. At the heart of her work is an interest in transformation and desire.

Graceland Graceland
by Joe Cory

Jan. 25- Feb. 26, 2021 

Faculty member Joe Cory presents new paintings created against the backdrop of the COVID19 pandemic.

Type Directors Club (TDC)

March 1 - March 25, 2021
The Type Directors Club (TDC) hosts the “World’s Best Typography” show annually. Exhibitions travel to museums, schools and design organizations around the US and 50 cities in 20 countries across the globe. AIGA Birmingham is a sponsor of this show. 

Catalyst Arts Festival

April 9-11, 2021

Studio Art Senior Exhibition

April 9-April 16, 2021

Graduating seniors will display their senior capstone projects.

Art and Design Student Juried Exhibition sponsored by Michael J.
and Mary Anne Freeman

April 22-May 6, 2021

This yearly exhibition spotlights work created by our Studio Art, Graphic Design, 3D Animation and Game Design, and Interior Architecture students. 

Graphic Design Senior Exhibition
underwritten by Steve and Debby Heitzke

May 10-15, 2021, reception to follow commencement May 15

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.