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July 17, 2008

Birmingham-Southern art professor awarded competitive visual arts residency

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.— James Neel, assistant professor of art and director of the Durbin Gallery at Birmingham-Southern College, has been awarded a John Michael Kohler Arts Center Arts/Industry Visual Arts Residency. He was chosen from a pool of approximately 250 applicants for one of 16 annual positions in the program, with four in residence at one time. The residency will take place at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wis., from July 28 to Oct. 11.

Neel will work in the pottery shop creating large sculptures using vitreous china clay. His works will be part of a large scale installation piece for the BSC Durbin Gallery titled “Babel,” which is based on the “Monkey Say” series of digital prints that he has been printing since last fall. It is a component of a four-part installation that will see works opening simultaneously in four venues in Birmingham in the winter of 2009 including Space One Eleven Gallery, Bare Hands Gallery and the BSC Durbin Gallery.

Conceived and administered by the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, the program makes industrial technologies and facilities available to artists so that they may further their artistic explorations. The Arts/Industry program, established in 1974, is funded by Kohler Co. and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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