AEIVA has you covered for artistic entertainment in early 2022 – News


Join AEIVA this winter to see unique representations of art that highlight societal themes of personal relationships, human experience, and therapeutics.

Written by: Tehreem Khan
Media contact: Savannah Koplon

Sonya Yong James, “ONE HUNDRED FLOWERS AND THE SWEETEST FRAGRANCE”, 2018 (detail). Hand-dyed cotton linens, cotton, wool felt, silk flowers, pigments and mixed media. 16 feet wide x 18 feet long. Courtesy of the artist.In early 2022, the The University of Alabama at the Abroms-Engel Visual Arts Institute in Birmingham will present three new free exhibits to the public, addressing topics such as gender roles, vulnerability, human experience and emotional healing.

All three exhibitions will run from January 14 to March 19. An opening reception will be held on Friday, January 14, with a public lecture by featured artist Lily Reeves at 6 p.m.

Timed tickets are required to visit the AEIVA and tickets can be booked here.

Between Futures, Lily Reeves

“Between Futures,” created by artist Lily Reeves, uses light, space, sculpture, immersive installation and performance to create spiritual chasms in contemporary culture while encouraging emotional and physical well-being through a holistic lens of personal, societal and emotional healing.

Reeves received his BFA from Alfred University and his MFA from Arizona State University. In addition to her solo exhibition in Birmingham in 2019, she has held solo and two-person exhibitions in Brooklyn, New York and Phoenix, Arizona.

The Eye of a Needle, Sonya Yong James

Using thread and fabric as a medium, Sonya Yong James’ exhibition The Eye of a Needle examines the intersection of shared cultural mythologies and female domesticity as well as the roles that sexuality, memory and death play in it. development of our personal relationships.

A conference with James – Inside the Arts – will take place on Thursday, February 17 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the AEIVA.

James received his BFA from Georgia State University. Most recently, she completed the Stove Works residency in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in October 2021. She is the recipient of the Idea Capital Antinori Grant, 2021, and the Atlanta Artadia Prize, 2019-2020.

Rumble and Stumble, William Downs

jdr 3William Downs, “Until We Meet Again …” 2021. Ink, Spray paint, framed drawing, framed animation on canvas. 11 ft x 11 ft. Photo: Fedrik Brauer.Artist William Downs uses the image of the human figure to explore ideas and themes of vulnerability, compassion, and the human experience. Downs characters are often androgynous, floating through space to create movement, depth, and cultural empathy.

Downs, originally from Greenville, SC, recently held solo exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art Georgia in Atlanta and the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis in Missouri. Her work has been presented at the 2021 Atlanta Biennale at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, the Albany Museum in Albany, Georgia, and the African American Museum of Art in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is the recipient of the MOCA GA Working Artist Project Grant (2019) and the Artadia Award (2018). He has taught at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland, and Parsons in New York and was a 2021 guest lecturer at Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Colorado. Downs just had his first solo exhibition with the Derek Eller Gallery in New York in 2021.

Additionally, works by UAB students – chosen by artist and guest juror Downs – will be on display at the 46th Annual Jury Student Exhibition at AEIVA from January 3 to March 19.

Presented by UAB College of Arts and Sciences‘Department of Art and Art History, the Jury Student Exhibition is an experiential learning opportunity for students to display work done during the last two years of the study program.

Additional student work will also be displayed and open to visitors at another exhibition, Le Salon, in the Art Lab, Humanities Building 100 during a reception on Monday January 3 at 5 p.m. Inspired by 19th-century France’s Salon des Refusés, this UAB student exhibit showcases many of the excellent works of art that were submitted to the 46th annual Jury Student Show, but not chosen.


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