Published on October 3, 2018 by Ashley Smith
According to assistant professor and gallery coordinator Stephen Watson, “This exhibit is a testament to Samford’s conviction that the best art teachers are professional artists.” Watson hopes the group of work will be a gift to the Samford community by humanizing its faculty. “It requires a certain level of vulnerability to show our students our own art. We can expect that they will scrutinize our work similarly to our analysis of their projects in the classroom,” he added.
On display from Oct. 1–Nov. 3 with special Homecoming hours, the show is open to the public and will host discussions for Catalyst classes. Faculty participants gathered on Oct. 2 to share insights with guests and students. Joe Cory, Richard Dendy, Lauren Evans, Scott Fisk, Charles Ford, Maureen Forman, Natalie Harrison, Jeannie Krumdieck, Larry Thompson, Stephen Watson and Mary White all have pieces as part of this year’s show. From sculpture to interactive works, the exhibit demonstrates the breadth of talent in all the art and design areas. The School of the Arts Division of Art and Design offers degrees in fine arts, graphic design, interior design and several interdisciplinary options.
The 2018-19 Art and Design Series is underwritten by John and Marsha Floyd and offers Samford and the Birmingham community an opportunity to enjoy work from students, faculty and guest artists throughout the year. The gallery is open Mon.–Fri., 9 a.m.–4 p.m. and is located in Swearingen Hall.
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 2nd nationally for student engagement and US News & World Report ranks Samford 37th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 97th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,758 students from 48 states and 22 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 1st nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.