Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2008-08-29

Samford University Art Gallery features work by Alabama artist Ted Whisenhunt through September 24.

The exhibit includes painted wood and mixed media sculpture. Whisenhunt, art department chair at Judson College in Marion, notes that his recent works are inspired by the spirituality and folklore of Alabama's Black Belt.

One such piece, a mixed media installation entitled "Sanctuary," shows 60 trees surrounding a simple, rustic house. The work, says the artist, "explores the idea of protection from both real and imagined fears."

Gallery hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays. Admission is free. For information, call (205) 726-2840.

 
Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 66th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 104th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,683 students from 47 states and 19 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.