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Gallery panoramaThe 2015-16 season at the ...

The Durbin Gallery, located within the Kennedy Art Center/Azar Studios complex, provides our students, faculty and community with an outstanding resource of traveling, faculty and student exhibitions. The various traveling exhibitions highlight the work of regionally as well as nationally recognized artists working in a wide variety of media.

Annual exhibitions include the work of the art department studio faculty, the Southeastern Regional High School Art Competition, the BFA senior exhibition. and a competitive Juried Student Exhibition open to all students enrolled in art courses during the course of each school year.

Durbin Panorama

Gallery Hours

8:30 a.m. until 4:45 p.m.
Monday through Friday

The 2015-1016 Season

Current exhibition:

Gerry Wubben

September 4 - 24
Chris Troutman and Gerry Wubben Art Exhibition
Reception: Friday, September 4 | 6:00 - 8:00 p. m.

Drawing as a means to make sense of the visual world--specifically memorable visual experience--is a focus of the works on paper by Chris Troutman and Gerry Wubben. Troutman's stories are personal narratives inspired by people and places he encounters while relocating between the U.S. and Japan with his family each year. Wubben typically draws family and friends with a focus on the old or very young, which speaks of the human life cycle, a narrative accessible to any viewer yet through subjects with personal relevance. Both artists translate their responses to what they perceive as striking subjects--such as the figure and faces for Wubben and the figure within urban spaces for Troutman--which they amplify by drawing at a large scale, usually in charcoal, giving these memorable subjects an equal impact on viewers.

Troutman completed an MFA in drawing and painting at California State University, Long Beach and is an assistant professor of art at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. Wubben received his MFA from Indiana University and is the head of drawing and printmaking at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, LA.

Upcoming Exhibitions:

October 2 - 29
Amber Scoon and Charmaine Ortiz
Art Exhibition
In conjunction with the Annual Art Students League / Sloss Furnaces Iron Pour
Reception: Friday, October 2 | 5:00 - 8:00 p. m.


Dr. Amber Scoon is a mixed media artist and philosopher from Pelham, MS. She received her BS from New York University and her MFA in painting from American University's two-year program in Italy. She recently completed her PhD in media and communications from the European Graduate School in Switzerland, where she is now the John Berger Fellow. As an assistant professor at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Scoon teaches drawing and art theory. She recently published Quantum Art (Atropos Press, Dresden/New York).Charmaine Ortiz

Charmaine Ortiz is a visual artist based out of Carolina Beach, NC. She received the Combined Honors Fellowship and earned her MFA in painting and an MA in art history from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Ortiz has also earned fellowships and residency grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, among others. She has exhibited her work both nationally and internationally, including exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, the Chelsea Art Museum in New York, the Cameron Art Museum in North Carolina, and the Museum of the Living Artist in California.

Sloss Furnaces Iron Pour
Friday, October 2 | 4:30 - 7:30 p. m.
Outside Kennedy Art Center/Azar Studios

Watch as metal arts sculptors from Sloss Furnaces National Historic Monument set up a small furnace and melt hundreds of pounds of scrap iron. Purchase and etch your own 4"x 4" sand molds, then observe as the Sloss crew fills them with molten iron to reveal your creation. The Herb Trotman Band will entertain during the event.

Benjie Heu Art ExhibitionNovember 6 - 26
Benjie Heu Art Exhibition
Reception: Friday, November 6 | 6:00 - 8:00 p. m.

The ceramics of Benjie Heu express a personal narrative with the most outlandish adventures accounted with an eye fixed on the bare essentials. Battles against time, against the obstacles that prevent the fulfillment of desire, and the repossession of something cherished but lost are themes that inspire him. Revealing truth and humor in the face of horror and the seemingly absurd is his answer.

Heu is professor of ceramics at Southeast Missouri State University. He has an MFA from Ohio University and a BFA from the University of Montevallo. In between degrees, he studied at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

January 10 - 27
Southeastern Regional High School
Art Competition
Sunday, January 10
Awards presentation: Norton Campus Center, Norton Theater | 2:00 p. m.
Reception: Kennedy Art Center /Azar Studios | 2:30 - 5:00 p. m.

The Biennial Southeastern Regional High School Juried Art Competition and Exhibition at BSC has a nearly 40-year history. Open to students at high schools across the Southeast, the show is juried by full-time BSC art studio faculty with monetary and honorary awards presented.

February 5 - 25
BSC Faculty Exhibition
Reception: Friday, February 5 | 6:00 - 8:00 p. m.
Recent works by the art faculty of Birmingham-Southern College.

Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition

March 4 - 18
Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition
Reception: Friday, March 4 | 6:00 - 8:00 p. m.
2016 BFA seniors display current works of art.

Lesley Dill April 4 - 28
Lesley Dill Art Exhibition
Reception: Friday, April 8 | 6:00 - 8:00 p. m.

As part of its participation in the National Endowment for the Arts' "Big Read" program, BSC will host events this spring focused on Emily Dickinson's poetry, including a lecture and exhibition by New York-based artist Lesley Dill, who incorporates Dickinson's text in her creations. Dill works in sculpture, photography, and performance to explore themes of language, the body, and transformational experience. Her pieces have been widely exhibited and are in collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, among many others.

May 5-13
Juried Student Exhibition
Awards announced on Honors Day, Thursday, May 5