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College of Fine Arts

Performances and Events

Due to safety concerns about COVID-19, the College of Fine Arts Performance and Event Schedule for fall 2020 is offering a limited season of events.
The Department of Art is pleased to open the Poole Gallery in the new Center for the Arts. Due to COVID-19 safety precautions, no opening receptions will be held this fall, though exhibitions will still take place. Each exhibition will include a virtual gallery tour, accessible on the department webpage, and artist gallery talks will be live streamed. Please check back for specific times and dates. Thank you for helping to keep everyone’s health top priority.
The Department of Communication will offer all of its planned public events in a virtual format for the remainder of 2020. Details will be communicated as they begin to take form.
The Department of Theatre will not present full productions. Check for possible limited performance events including play readings, especially in outdoor venues, throughout the semester. Stay tuned for announcements on spring 2021 productions pending monitoring of the ongoing health situation.
With the continued threat of COVID-19, it is unclear if any concerts, recitals or other events can be safely performed with an audience in-house this semester. The Department of Music will update its event offerings on this webpage when it is safe to perform live or when it plans to stream its music shows.

Our season offers intimate performance experiences that make the creative process visible, ignites the imagination, inspires learning, and promotes civic dialogue.  Want to be on our monthly events email list?  Send your email address to us here!
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COFA Performance Season Fall 2020:


October 29 – November 24

Ellen Mueller explores issues related to the environment, hyperactive news media and corporate management systems. She creates experiences that engage with social and political issues through a variety of media.

Poole Gallery
For additional information, call the Department of Art – (205) 665-6400

by Morgan Capps

by Tomeca Reed

November 1 – 19

These exhibitions present the scope of the students’ creative research at the conclusion of their final semester.
Morgan Capps, sculpture; Tomeca Reed, graphic design
Virtual content coming soon
The Gallery at Bloch Hall
For additional information, call the Department of Art – (205) 665-6400

Past Events

August 27 – October 16

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.

Interview with Kenny Jensen:

Poole Gallery
For additional information, call the Department of Art – (205) 665-6400

October 14

Sharon Louden is an active artist and passionate advocate for artists. The author of two critically acclaimed books, “Living and Sustaining a Creative Life: Essays by 40 Working Artists” and the follow-up volume, “The Artist as Culture Producer: Living and Sustaining a Creative Life,” she wants to foster a community of artists who seek the well-being of each other. She reminds artists and non creatives alike that artists are integral to society, that their paths through life are varied, rich, and important. As Louden points out, contrary to stereotypes, artists aren’t hidden away working, they are on the front lines of education, the nonprofit sector, and corporate environments where they provide measurable and innovative outcomes.
Please join us for what will be an inspiring, uplifting, and stimulating talk!
This event is part of the Martha Allen Lecture Series on Art.

2 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.
Registration Required

For additional information, call the Department of Art – (205) 665-6400

October 29

The First Annual COMS Senior Showcase will be held virtually. COMS (Communication Studies) seniors will demonstrate what they have been doing as a COMS major and how that maps on to their post-graduation career and academic goals.
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. via Zoom
Click here to RSVP to Dr. Ray Ozley
For additional information, call the Department of Communication – (205) 665-6625



Individuals needing disability-related accommodations during events should contact the host department or Disability Support Services (205.665.6250, as early as possible. Efforts will be made to accommodate all access requests regardless of timing, but the University cannot guarantee that requests made with less than one week’s notice can be met.