Galleries

The Gallery at Bloch Hall

Presenting Contemporary art demonstrating the diversity of current artistic practice, the Art Department manages two galleries on campus – the Gallery at Bloch Hall and the Poole Art Galley in the new Center for the Arts. Collectively we present four professional exhibitions and multiple student BFA exhibitions each year.

The galleries support our curriculum and are a significant public venue for the visual arts in the Montevallo community and in Shelby County. Most exhibitions include a reception with an artist’s or curator’s talk.

The galleries are free and open to the public. Please contact our Administrative Assistant, Nita Terrell, if you would like to be on the gallery mailing list. Or join us on Facebook: UM ART Department.

The Gallery at Bloch Hall 2021 -2022 Schedule

Fall

September 9- Oct. 20

UM Art Faculty Show
Located in Poole Art Gallery and The Gallery at Bloch Hall
Opening Reception: September 9, 4 to 6 pm

Participating Faculty: Joe Bennett, Misty Bennett, Joel Bullock, Amy Feger, Ryan Foster, Karen Graffeo, Daisie Hoitsma, Kimberly McWhorter, Scott Meyer, Ted Metz, Bethany Moody, Lee Somers, Scott Stephens, Nic Tisdale, Michael Willett, Collin Williams, Tanner Young

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Oct. 24 – Nov. 4

Identity
Located: The Gallery at Bloch Hall
Opening Reception: Nov. 4, 4 to 6 pm

Student Pop-Up Show
Student manager: Anna Grace Askelson
Faculty Support: Ryan Foster Participating Artist: Anna Grace Askelson, Megan Boddie, Elle Brown, Ethan Cole, Deidre Darby, Valerie Flynn, Haley-Joyce Oliver, Grace Varner, Isabella Ziglar, Kelsi Wilson
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Nov. 7 – 18

BFA Exhibition
Located: The Gallery at Bloch Hall
Opening Reception: Sunday, 7, 2021, 4 to 6 pm

 

Kate Mosely (Graphic Design), Ashlin Mullenix (Photography/ Printmaking) and Alek Medenica (Graphic Design)

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Nov. 21 – Dec 2

BFA Exhibition
Located: The Gallery at Bloch Hall
Opening Reception: Sunday, 21, 2021, 4 to 6 pm

 

 

Megan Boddie (Painting/ Printmaking) and William Wallace (New Media)

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SPRING

Jan. 14 –  Mar. 3, 2022

A Ribbon of Quicksilver: Art & the Environment on the Kankakee River
Lead Artists: Prof. Jon Seals, Prof. Scott Dombrowski
Lead Researchers: Dr. Randal Johnson
with student researchers Brianna Munnich and Emily Zeck
Located: The Gallery at Bloch Hall

There is an alarming rise of sand and silt content being deposited from Indiana into the Illinois side of the Kankakee River. This is caused by Indiana’s manipulation of the natural path of the river. This dangerous condition is made worse by the consequences of climate change. Together, these grave realities are at times overwhelming and it can be difficult to know how to respond. Through artistic production including photography, mixed-media works, poetry, and prose, together with scientific field research, artists, scientists, and scholars come together to explore, define, and perhaps inspire. This interdisciplinary project seeks to re-imagine natural materials in fresh ways with the hope that viewers engage the world around them with renewed reverence and care. Lead Artists: Prof. Jon Seals, Prof. Scott Dombrowski. Lead Researchers: Dr. Randal Johnson with student researchers Brianna Munnich and Emily Zeck.

 

 

Past Exhibitions

2020-2021

Aug. 27 – Oct. 16, 2020
Small Bites Kenny Jensen – continuation from Poole Gallery

Florida native, Kenny Jensen maintains a deep connection to the state’s unique natural environment Jensen actively seeks, collects, and re-contextualizes, overlooked, organic phenomena and man-made artifacts.

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Kenny Jensen 2019 Art Exhibit at Hillsborough Community College
Kenny Jensen 2019 Art Exhibit at Hillsborough Community College
Kenny Jensen 2019 Art Exhibit at Hillsborough Community College
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Kenny Jensen 2019 Art Exhibit at Hillsborough Community College

Oct. 25 – Dec 4 
BFA SHOW