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Gallery panoramaThe 2016-17 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 creations 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 Biennial Southeastern 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


Current exhibition (coming soon):

Shackled by Individuality, Samuel Shin, Bob Jones High School, Award Winner

August 26-September 22

Bob Shelton - Retrospective

Opening Reception Friday, August 26, 6-8 p.m.
Gallery Talk Friday, September 16, 7 p.m.
BSC Emeritus Professor of Art Bob Shelton will showcase a retrospective exhibition of his work over the past 40 years. Shelton's work has been shown in more than 150 national and regional juried exhibitions and won more than 60 awards.


Upcoming Exhibitions:

Jim Neel - Concomitant
September 30-October 27
Opening Reception Friday, September 30, 6-8 p.m.
Artist Lecture October 20, 11 a.m., Norton Theatre
During the summer of 2014 Professor Jim Neel lived for a month on the Turkish/Syrian border. The works in this exhibition, which focus on the plight of children in areas of conflict, are a result of that experience and were realized at the pottery facilities of the Kohler Company factory in Kohler, Wisconsin during a three-month Arts/Industry Residency cosponsored by the John Michael Kohler Arts Center and the Kohler Company and supported by a Birmingham-Southern College faculty sabbatical.

Professor Neel is a 1971 graduate of Birmingham-Southern College and a member of the Art & Art History faculty since 2002.

Sloss Iron Pour
October 21, 4:30-7:30 p.m.
Metal arts sculptors from Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark will set up a small furnace and melt scrap iron; etch your own sand molds; then observe as the crew reveals your creation. The Herb Trotman Band will perform.

Virginia Derryberry - Private Domain
November 4-23
Opening Reception Friday, November 4, 6-8 p.m.
Paintings by the recently retired art professor at the University of North Carolina-Asheville, where her works are in the permanent collection. Her paintings have been lauded as vibrant and dream-like, with "a quality of being familiar and unfamiliar at the same time."

Jurgen Tarrash and Ty Smith
January 6-26
Opening Reception Friday, January 6, 6-8 p.m.
Two Alabama-based abstract painters with extensive exhibition experience.

Faculty Exhibition - Pamela Venz, Kevin Shook, and John Lytle Wilson
February 10-23, 2017
Opening Reception Friday, February 10, 6-8 p.m.
Recent works by three of BSC's art faculty.

BFA Exhibitions
Exhibit 1 March 3-23
Exhibit 2 April 7-20
Works by BSC Senior BFA candidates.

Juried Student Exhibition
May 11
In conjunction with BSC's Honors Day program,