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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

Exhibition Calendar

The Hate Project

The Hate Project:

installation by Prof. Steve Cole
September 6-26, 2013

Opening reception is Friday,
September 6, 6-8 p.m.

Artist lecture is on Thursday,
September 26, 11a.m.-12 p.m.
in the Norton Theatre.

Panel lecture with Lecia Brooks, Southern Poverty Law Center, and
Prof. Randall Law, is Thursday, September 12, time/location TBD.

The Hate Project is an art installation that depicts the growing prevalence of intolerance by graphically illustrating the 1,007 hate groups currently active in the United States as identified by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Groups such as the Ku Klux Klan, White Nationalists, Christian Identity, Neo-Nazis, Neo-Confederates, Black Separatists, Anti-Gay, Border Vigilantes, Racist Skinheads, and others are represented by 10-inch cast figurines geographically mapped state-by-state on a 42-foot gallery floor, configured in the shape of the United States. - Steve Cole

The Hate Project television coverage from Channel 42, Birmingham, AL.
The Hate Project television coverage from Channel 13, Birmingham, AL
View The Hate Project's Flickr page.
The Hate Project featured at The Huffington Post.

"Between Strangers" (detail) by David Meyer.

More Questions than Answers:

installation by David Meyer in conjunction with the Annual Art Students League, Sloss Furnace Iron Pour
October 4-24, 2013

Artist lecture is on Thursday, October 3, 2013, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
in the Kennedy Lecture Hall
Opening reception is Friday, October 4, 2013, 5-8 p.m.

The artwork in this exhibition stems from my thoughts and ideas concerning the distortion of seeing in relationship to our personal experiences. All the work originates from a photographic image and, through various processes, is altered to create a new truth. Because of the undefined nature of the imagery within the work, the subject matter can shift from one thought to another and only becomes real when we believe it, like a ghost. - David Meyer

View photos of the exhibit.

Sloss Furnace Iron Pour

Sloss Furnace Iron Pour

October 4, 2013
5-8 p.m.
Outside Durbin Gallery

Watch as Sloss Furnaces' metal arts sculptors set up a small furnace and melt hundreds of pounds of scrap iron. Purchase and decorate your own 4"x 4" sand molds, then watch as the Sloss crew fills them with molten iron. The Herb Trotman Band will entertain during the event.

View photos from the Iron Pour.

Detail of Jamey Grimes' artwork.


works by Natalie Dunham and Jamey Grimes, BSC alumni
November 1-26, 2013
Opening reception is Friday, November 1, 2013, 6-8 p.m.

My latest series, entitled paint the roses [RED], is an exploration of artifice or "ways of covering." Drawing inspiration from Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, this minimal installation asks the question: What happens when we rely on surface interaction and alteration? For these works, I strip materials down to a raw, natural state to reveal what is honest and uncomplicated about them. I then cover the forms all over with red paint, creating a visual and psychological tension between surface and depth. The purpose of this series is to illustrate that "painting the (roses) red" is a temporary solution and that the true "color" of things will always reveal itself. - Natalie Dunham

My sculptures are fragments of a conversation with nature. The dialogue can be hostile, soothing, or both. Storms, trees, and the sea personify heightened emotion, wisdom, and awareness. Reflecting on my own vivid experiences with nature, I realize that imagination plays a powerful role, transforming observations into unique, dream-like forms. This process guides experimentation with synthetic materials. As I find unlikely relationships between memories and materials, metaphors open and expand this dialogue. - Jamey Grimes

Biennial Southern Art Competition

January 5-22, 2014
Opening reception is Sunday, January 5, 2014, 2:30-5 p.m.

Award Winners of the 2014 Biennial Southeastern High School are

Alabama School of Fine Arts Sydney Malu Ayers
  Sarah Kirch
  Jimmy Lee Nunn, Jr.
  Jaylin Nichet Pinkney
  Lillian Blake Shurbet
  Willie Earl Williams, Jr.
Gardendale High School Caitlynn Donnelly
Hoover High School Catherine Saab
James Clemens High School Olivia Grace Gonzalez
  Kayla Lauren Jackson
  Klifton Riley
The Montgomery Academy Christine Hong
  Miso Kim
  Caoline Lester
Vestavia Hills High School Mark Herrington


Honorable Mentions of the 2014 Biennial Southeastern High School are

Alabama School of Fine Arts Jimmy Lee Nunn, Jr.
Bob Jones High School Lauryn Rody
Hoover High School Steven Finley
  Danielle Portera
  Katie Williams
Mountain Brook High School William Pankey
The Altamont School Stella Styslinger
The Montgomery Academy Christine Hong



works by Prof. Kevin Shook
February 7-27, 2014
Artist lecture is on Tuesday, February 18, 2014, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
in the Norton Theatre.
Opening reception is Friday, February 7, 2014, 6-8 p.m.

Simulacrumedia is an installation on the subject of media and its effects on social communication and how we perceive reality. The work explores the process of interpreting the world within a visual framework. This specific process stems from the ritual interaction society has with media: smartphone, laptop, newspaper, or billboard. This interaction creates a hyperreality that connects, yet distances, individuals from one another. - Kevin Shook

Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition I

March 7-27, 2014
Opening reception is Friday, March 7, 2014,
6-8 p.m.

Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition II

April 4-17, 2014
Opening reception is Friday, April 4, 2014,
6-8 p.m.

Student Juried Exhibition

May 1-7, 2014

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