GMA: Gadsden Museum of Art

GMA: Gadsden Museum of Art "To inform, to educate, to inspire..." Admission is free. We are not affiliated with the Mary G. Hardin Center for Cultural Arts.

The Gadsden Museum of Art and History promotes an appreciation for all types of visual arts by hosting a variety of changing art exhibits each year, as well as pieces from its permanent collection. Additionally, it fosters a awareness and appreciation of local history through exhibiting artifacts, photographs, and decorative arts of historical significance of the Gadsden and Etowah County area.

NEW OPENING RECEPTION COMING TODAY!"Abstract Art and How to Read It" and "Contemporary Feminism and Ekphrastic Art" are ...
12/01/2023

NEW OPENING RECEPTION COMING TODAY!

"Abstract Art and How to Read It" and "Contemporary Feminism and Ekphrastic Art" are collaborative exhibits curated by Abbie Tarvin and Nathan Young.

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FEATURED ARTISTS
Alexa Lee (who currently also has works featured in the Shared Beginnings Diverse Creations exhibit)
Andrea Parham
Cecily Downey
Derriann Pharr
Robert Anthony Sturgis (Tony)

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The featured image is Alexa Lee's "Woman Encounters Sandwich for the First Time".

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Alexa Lee’s artwork is centered around memory and how it embeds itself into the body and mind. She expresses this through figurative paintings of everyday moments in which the subjects appear lost in thought or “somewhere else.” These three paintings deal with the basic need for sustenance and reveal the emotional state of the figures as they go through the tasks to meet that need.

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NEW OPENING RECEPTION TODAY!Michael Swann's "Person Detected," will have its opening reception at the Gadsden Museum of ...
12/01/2023

NEW OPENING RECEPTION TODAY!

Michael Swann's "Person Detected," will have its opening reception at the Gadsden Museum of Art TODAY, December 1ST from 5 - 8 PM.
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MEG 5-4-3-2-1 Backstory

"The piece depicts an image of my lifelong friend Meg Gavin fading away but her life spirit, symbolized by the flame, remains. Pretty cheesy explanation but she had a very strong personality and was a world-renowned belly dance teacher (the dancer known as Megha). She passed away in 2020 from breast cancer."

- Michael Swann

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NEW OPENING RECEPTION COMING TODAY!"Abstract Art and How to Read It" and "Contemporary Feminism and Ekphrastic Art" are ...
11/30/2023

NEW OPENING RECEPTION COMING TODAY!

"Abstract Art and How to Read It" and "Contemporary Feminism and Ekphrastic Art" are collaborative exhibits curated by Abbie Tarvin and Nathan Young.

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FEATURED ARTISTS
Alexa Lee (who currently also has works featured in the Shared Beginnings Diverse Creations exhibit)
Andrea Parham
Cecily Downey
Derriann Pharr
Robert Anthony Sturgis (Tony)

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The featured image is Derriann Pharr's "The Swan’s Egg".

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Derriann Pharr is a multimedia artist based in Birmingham, Alabama. Pharr is a senior at the University of Alabama at Birmingham focusing in art, media, and communication studies while in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree in Fine Art.
Pharr’s works cover a variety of media including colored pencils, soft pastels, hard body acrylics, and photography.

Her works have been featured in the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Aura Review, The University of North Alabama’s Flow Magazine, Downtown 500, the University of Louisville’s Miracle Monocle, Birmingham’s AEIVA museum, Stephen Smith Fine Art Gallery, and an augmented reality art exhibition: Signs

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NEW OPENING RECEPTION COMING TOMORROW!"Abstract Art and How to Read It" and "Contemporary Feminism and Ekphrastic Art" a...
11/30/2023

NEW OPENING RECEPTION COMING TOMORROW!
"Abstract Art and How to Read It" and "Contemporary Feminism and Ekphrastic Art" are collaborative exhibits curated by Abbie Tarvin and Nathan Young.
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FEATURED ARTISTS
Alexa Lee (who currently also has works featured in the Shared Beginnings Diverse Creations exhibit)
Andrea Parham
Cecily Downey
Derriann Pharr
Robert Anthony Sturgis (Tony)

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The featured image is Cecily Downey's Sugar and Spice.

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Cecily Downey is an artist from Dothan, AL. She is currently a senior pursuing a BFA in printmaking and drawing at the University of Alabama. Her work is inspired by the nuances of growing up female in small town southern USA. She explores the ways rage and joy intertwine within femininity and gives voice to the feelings we are taught to stifle. Her work asks viewers to examine the history of gender roles and challenge their own biases.

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COMING THIS FRIDAY!Ali Hval's "Barbie's Dreamhouse," will have its opening reception at the Gadsden Museum of Art on FRI...
11/29/2023

COMING THIS FRIDAY!

Ali Hval's "Barbie's Dreamhouse," will have its opening reception at the Gadsden Museum of Art on FRIDAY, December 1ST from 5 - 8 PM.
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This exhibition, titled Barbie’s Dreamhouse, presents a playfully pink space composed of glittering objects inspired by clothing and home decor. Upon closer inspection of these frilly and sparkling works, more sinister and restrictive undertones are revealed. The works exhibited reflect current political struggles regarding women in the United States as well as ways in which the female body is critiqued.

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NEW OPENING RECEPTION COMING THIS FRIDAY!"Abstract Art and How to Read It" and "Contemporary Feminism and Ekphrastic Art...
11/28/2023

NEW OPENING RECEPTION COMING THIS FRIDAY!

"Abstract Art and How to Read It" and "Contemporary Feminism and Ekphrastic Art" are collaborative exhibits curated by Abbie Tarvin and Nathan Young.

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FEATURED ARTISTS
Alexa Lee (who currently also has works featured in the Shared Beginnings Diverse Creations exhibit)
Andrea Parham
Cecily Downey
Derriann Pharr
Robert Anthony Sturgis (Tony)

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The featured image is Andrea Parham's Rose Valley.

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NEW OPENING RECEPTION COMING THIS FRIDAY!"Abstract Art and How to Read It" and "Contemporary Feminism and Ekphrastic Art...
11/28/2023

NEW OPENING RECEPTION COMING THIS FRIDAY!

"Abstract Art and How to Read It" and "Contemporary Feminism and Ekphrastic Art" are collaborative exhibits curated by Abbie Tarvin and Nathan Young.

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FEATURED ARTISTS
Alexa Lee (who currently also has works featured in the Shared Beginnings Diverse Creations exhibit)
Andrea Parham
Cecily Downey
Derriann Pharr
Robert Anthony Sturgis (Tony)

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The featured image is Robert Sturgis' Metamorphosis I.

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Robert Anthony Sturgis (Tony) was born in Birmingham, Alabama on May 21,1974. He now resides in Tuscaloosa, Alabama with his family. Tony Sturgis holds a BFA in studio art from the University of Montevallo and works full-time as a Lieutenant Firefighter Paramedic with Tuscaloosa Fire Rescue. He is represented by Beverly McNeil Gallery in Birmingham, Alabama.

Sturgis incorporates references to artists of the Modernist era in his abstract work, including Robert Rauschenberg, Jim Dine, and Richard Diebenkorn. “Sturgis builds his paintings through layering paint – typically from 20-30 coats – and other materials to create texture such as sand and iridescent mediums. Often vague background figures are revealed, emerging from his paintings’ predominating explosions of color and pattern. Abstract forms and symbols emanate joyfulness, even as the artist asks larger visual questions such as “What is our place in the past, present and future?”

Sturgis began his art studies in printmaking and has done commission work in portraits and murals for more than two decades. Sturgis has stated that a few years ago, his work took a decidedly abstract direction that he continues to hold steadfast to, giving the artist the cathartic and healing qualities from the art he was looking for.

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COMING THIS FRIDAY!Michael Swann's "Person Detected," will have its opening reception at the Gadsden Museum of Art on FR...
11/27/2023

COMING THIS FRIDAY!

Michael Swann's "Person Detected," will have its opening reception at the Gadsden Museum of Art on FRIDAY, December 1ST from 5 - 8 PM.
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Person Detected

When memories are well-built.
When flames remain.
When shadows are held.
This is a person detected.
These pieces are reflective of the moments in life when we are fortunate enough to experience a revelation or awakening, spiritual or otherwise, about oneself or another.

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Ali Hval's "Barbie's Dreamhouse," will have its opening reception at the Gadsden Museum of Art on FRIDAY, December 1ST f...
11/24/2023

Ali Hval's "Barbie's Dreamhouse," will have its opening reception at the Gadsden Museum of Art on FRIDAY, December 1ST from 5 - 8 PM.
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Ali Hval (she/her) (b. 1993, Sacramento, CA) is a visual artist currently living and working in Iowa City, Iowa. She is currently a Lecturer in Painting and Drawing at the University of Iowa. She earned her MFA from the University of Iowa in Painting and Drawing with honors, and BFA in Painting from the University of Alabama with honors. Her work merges ceramic, fabric, installation, and painting. The forms and materials she uses reflect her interest in adornment and the relentless critique and politicization of the body.

Ali has received grants from the Iowa Arts Council as well as from the nationally competitive Windgate Fellowship by the Center of Craft, Creativity, and Design in Asheville, North Carolina. She was the 2022 Stuart Artist-in-Residence at South Dakota State University, and was a 2020 resident at the Chautauqua School of Art. She has exhibited her work across the country, including at Ceysson y Bénétière in New York City, Site: Brooklyn and Atlantic Gallery in New York, and South Bay Contemporary in Los Angeles. She has had mentions in New York Jewelry Week, CultBytes and The New Yorker.

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The Gadsden Museum of Art will be closed on THURSDAY, FRIDAY, and SATURDAY (November 23rd - 25th) for THANKSGIVING. The ...
11/22/2023

The Gadsden Museum of Art will be closed on THURSDAY, FRIDAY, and SATURDAY (November 23rd - 25th) for THANKSGIVING. The museum will be open again on Tuesday, November 28th.

COMING IN DECEMBER!Michael Swann's "Person Detected," will have its opening reception at the Gadsden Museum of Art on FR...
11/22/2023

COMING IN DECEMBER!

Michael Swann's "Person Detected," will have its opening reception at the Gadsden Museum of Art on FRIDAY, December 1ST from 5 - 8 PM.
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Michael Swann works primarily as a painter and utilizes a variety of mediums in his work; in addition to oils, these include printmaking, airbrushing, and materials commonly used in the automotive field.

Swann earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Birmingham Southern College and is a lifelong resident of Birmingham, Alabama. He was first introduced to airbrushing at 15, and by 16 was employed as a freelance airbrush artist. In his 20’s he became a touring musician and during his 30’s was a member of two nationally recognized bands while also making a name for himself as a custom pin striper.

Today, Swann chooses to merge techniques and imagery from his vast freelance experiences into his work. This merging of styles in conjunction with his interest in themes that range from human connection and spiritualism to surrealism, results in fine art that bears a signature uniquely his own. He is also the owner of the contemporary exhibition space Gallery Vox.

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COMING NEXT MONTH!John McFarland's "'Omage," will have its opening reception at the Gadsden Museum of Art on FRIDAY, Dec...
11/21/2023

COMING NEXT MONTH!

John McFarland's "'Omage," will have its opening reception at the Gadsden Museum of Art on FRIDAY, December 1ST from 5 - 8 PM.
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The Barbara Reed Gallery will feature the paintings of local artist John McFarland’s show, ‘Omage. After retirement, McFarland turned a hobby of painting into a passion. His work consists of portraits, historical places and machinery taking the scenes of everyday life and turning them into a painting.

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COMING SOON!Ali Hval's "Barbie's Dreamhouse," will have its opening reception at the Gadsden Museum of Art on FRIDAY, De...
11/20/2023

COMING SOON!

Ali Hval's "Barbie's Dreamhouse," will have its opening reception at the Gadsden Museum of Art on FRIDAY, December 1ST from 5 - 8 PM.
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Growing up in the southern US, I quickly learned there was a certain expectation of how to “properly” be a woman: now, I challenge what that looks like, using performed femininity as a tool to reveal not only gender disparities but also to illuminate the relentless critique and politicization of the female body. Instead of hiding or denying femme aesthetics and female sexuality, my pieces embrace, highlight, and empower them, while acknowledging all the awkwardness, humor, and theatricality they entail.

My work is a balancing act between sensual forms and playful materials. By augmenting erotic, sensual armatures with glistening rhinestones, feathery pom-poms, and candy-colored fabrics, I assign new meanings and connotations to the forms. Using primarily ceramics and fabric, I create sculptures that evoke pieces of oversized jewelry, shoes, and other fashion and domestic items. I begin a piece by sculpting a high-fired ceramic component, painting it, and carefully studding the surface one by one with tiny rhinestones. From here, I will add textile elements as well as beauty supplies materials like hair scrunchies and nail polish.

The resulting pieces are flirtatious, attention-seeking, and deceptively superficial. Toying with their own actualities and potential, they can speak—glittery and powerful—to politics in their own voice: excessive, unabashedly hyper-feminine, and most importantly, pink.

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COMING IN DECEMBER!Michael Swann's "Person Detected," will have its opening reception at the Gadsden Museum of Art on FR...
11/18/2023

COMING IN DECEMBER!

Michael Swann's "Person Detected," will have its opening reception at the Gadsden Museum of Art on FRIDAY, December 1ST from 5 - 8 PM.
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Person Detected

When memories are well-built.
When flames remain.
When shadows are held.
This is a person detected.

These pieces are reflective of the moments in life when we are fortunate enough to experience a revelation or awakening, spiritual or otherwise, about oneself or another.

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A GREAT GIFT FOR THE HOLIDAYS!The Gadsden Museum has finally received the GMA Hoodies and Sweatshirts! Let us know if yo...
11/17/2023

A GREAT GIFT FOR THE HOLIDAYS!
The Gadsden Museum has finally received the GMA Hoodies and Sweatshirts!

Let us know if you would like one! They are $20 each and we are currently only taking payments in cash or checks.
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CURRENT INVENTORY:

Hoodies:
2 - M

Sweatshirts:
7 - L
5 - XL
1 - 2XL

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The Gadsden Museum of Art is willing to make another order of hoodies and sweatshirts, once supplies run out. Let us know by direct message if you are interested.

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COMING NEXT MONTH!Ali Hval's "Barbie's Dreamhouse," will have its opening reception at the Gadsden Museum of Art on FRID...
11/16/2023

COMING NEXT MONTH!

Ali Hval's "Barbie's Dreamhouse," will have its opening reception at the Gadsden Museum of Art on FRIDAY, December 1ST from 5 - 8 PM.
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This exhibition, titled Barbie’s Dreamhouse, presents a playfully pink space composed of glittering objects inspired by clothing and home decor. Upon closer inspection of these frilly and sparkling works, more sinister and restrictive undertones are revealed. The works exhibited reflect current political struggles regarding women in the United States as well as ways in which the female body is critiqued.

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The Gadsden Museum of Art will be closed on FRIDAY and SATURDAY (November 10th - 11th) in honor of VETERANS DAY. The mus...
11/09/2023

The Gadsden Museum of Art will be closed on FRIDAY and SATURDAY (November 10th - 11th) in honor of VETERANS DAY. The museum will be open again on Tuesday, November 14th.

Thank you to all veterans for your service.

11/07/2023

VETERAN'S DAY EXHIBIT
Pillow shams, often also called sweetheart and mother pillow covers, were souvenirs that army camps sent to loved ones. They are primarily made of rayon satin fabric and are usually square. The pillows shown here are from the WWII era, but some can range as far back as WWI. In some cases, there were instances where these shams were the last item soldiers would send to their loved ones in remembrance of them.

COMING UP NEXT MONTH:Ali Hval's "Barbie's Dream House" Michael Swann's "Person Detected" is currently already installed ...
11/06/2023

COMING UP NEXT MONTH:

Ali Hval's "Barbie's Dream House"

Michael Swann's "Person Detected" is currently already installed in the Leo Reynolds Gallery.

These exhibits will have their opening reception on December 1ST, 5 - 8 PM at the Gadsden Museum of Art.

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Be sure not to miss out!

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"Shared Beginnings, Diverse Creations," will have its opening reception at the Gadsden Museum of Art TODAY, November 3RD...
11/03/2023

"Shared Beginnings, Diverse Creations," will have its opening reception at the Gadsden Museum of Art TODAY, November 3RD from 5 - 8 PM. The "Shared Beginnings, Diverse Creations" includes works by Izabella Janush-Hernandez, Alexa Lee, and Sydney Marlin and is curated by Abigail Henderson.

"Amalgamations" will be featured alongside "Shared Beginnings, Diverse Creations."
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After being awarded the opportunity for a solo exhibition with the Gadsden Museum of Art, I realized how large the exhibition venue was and became concerned about filling the space. Then the idea of curating a second show to include some of the other incredible painters studying here at UAB came to me. Izabella, Alexa, and Sydney were my first choices. We all met through our beginning painting class at the University of Alabama at Birmingham taught by Professor Gary Chapman. In this class, we learned the basics of painting through the shared sequence of assignments. As we moved through the upper levels, we each developed our own distinct styles and started working with different subject matter. The common threads in our work are a deep respect for skill, craftsmanship, and the use of oil paint as a vehicle for expressing our personal conceptual interests.

Alexa Lee’s artwork is centered around memory and how it embeds itself into the body and mind. She expresses this through figurative paintings of everyday moments in which the subjects appear lost in thought or “somewhere else.” These three paintings deal with the basic need for sustenance and reveal the emotional state of the figures as they go through the tasks to meet that need.

- Abby Henderson

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"Shared Beginnings, Diverse Creations," will have its opening reception at the Gadsden Museum of Art TOMORROW, Friday, N...
11/02/2023

"Shared Beginnings, Diverse Creations," will have its opening reception at the Gadsden Museum of Art TOMORROW, Friday, November 3RD from 5 - 8 PM. The "Shared Beginnings, Diverse Creations" includes works by Izabella Janush-Hernandez, Alexa Lee, and Sydney Marlin and is curated by Abigail Henderson.

"Amalgamations" will be featured alongside "Shared Beginnings, Diverse Creations."

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After being awarded the opportunity for a solo exhibition with the Gadsden Museum of Art, I realized how large the exhibition venue was and became concerned about filling the space. Then the idea of curating a second show to include some of the other incredible painters studying here at UAB came to me. Izabella, Alexa, and Sydney were my first choices. We all met through our beginning painting class at the University of Alabama at Birmingham taught by Professor Gary Chapman. In this class, we learned the basics of painting through the shared sequence of assignments. As we moved through the upper levels, we each developed our own distinct styles and started working with different subject matter. The common threads in our work are a deep respect for skill, craftsmanship, and the use of oil paint as a vehicle for expressing our personal conceptual interests.

Sydney Marlin is an oil painter who focuses on objects of her childhood to evoke feelings of sentimental longing. While commenting on nostalgia, Sydney’s paintings also include commentary on life as a female from childhood to early adulthood. By using bright colors and obliterated edges, her works are portrayed as realistic while also being larger-than-life.

- Abby Henderson

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Etowah High School student, Braden Gibbs will feature his work at the Gadsden Museum of Art this FRIDAY, November 3RD. T...
11/02/2023

Etowah High School student, Braden Gibbs will feature his work at the Gadsden Museum of Art this FRIDAY, November 3RD. The opening reception will be from 5 - 8 PM.

"Shared Beginnings, Diverse Creations," will have its opening reception at the Gadsden Museum of Art on FRIDAY, November...
11/01/2023

"Shared Beginnings, Diverse Creations," will have its opening reception at the Gadsden Museum of Art on FRIDAY, November 3RD from 5 - 8 PM. The "Shared Beginnings, Diverse Creations" includes works by Izabella Janush-Hernandez, Alexa Lee, and Sydney Marlin and is curated by Abigail Henderson.

"Amalgamations" will be featured alongside "Shared Beginnings, Diverse Creations."

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After being awarded the opportunity for a solo exhibition with the Gadsden Museum of Art, I realized how large the exhibition venue was and became concerned about filling the space. Then the idea of curating a second show to include some of the other incredible painters studying here at UAB came to me. Izabella, Alexa, and Sydney were my first choices. We all met through our beginning painting class at the University of Alabama at Birmingham taught by Professor Gary Chapman. In this class, we learned the basics of painting through the shared sequence of assignments. As we moved through the upper levels, we each developed our own distinct styles and started working with different subject matter. The common threads in our work are a deep respect for skill, craftsmanship, and the use of oil paint as a vehicle for expressing our personal conceptual interests.

Izabella Janush-Hernandez is a figurative oil painter whose paintings portray the vast female experience, incorporating religious and pop culture symbolism. Her pieces employ surrealist elements that enhance the fantastical worlds she creates.

- Abby Henderson

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UAB student and former employee at the Gadsden Museum of Art: Abigail Henderson's "Amalgamations" will have its opening ...
10/31/2023

UAB student and former employee at the Gadsden Museum of Art: Abigail Henderson's "Amalgamations" will have its opening reception at the Gadsden Museum of Art on FRIDAY, November 3RD from 5 - 8 PM.

"Amalgamations" will be featured alongside "Shared Beginnings, Diverse Creations" (which includes works by Izabella Janush-Hernandez, Alexa Lee, and Sydney Marlin and curated by Abigail Henderson).

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This exhibition focuses on two distinct bodies of work: The Climbing Series and The Amalgamation Portraits.

The Climbing Series takes human figures out of their natural environments and places them into a realm where reality is obscured. They are seemingly trapped in time, playing through a sequence of movements while at the same time completely still. These paintings reference the tangible and intangible, and the juxtaposition of the human form with an atmosphere of solid color. The interaction of these figures, or lack of, with their environment highlights the very ambiguity of where they find themselves.

The Amalgamation Series is an exploration of identity, idiosyncrasies, and the universal longing for individualism. Historically, portraiture is a way of keeping a record of the likeness of important figures. Portraiture can also be a means of portraying the subject as more than just a vessel, conveying a deeper message about the sitter, whether flattering or not. This could include the sitter’s importance, power, wealth, beauty, or virtue as well as greed, self-importance, and egotism. With each portrait, I refer to my own experiences, memories, and pop cultural references.

Collectively they reflect who we are as people, and the influences that make us who we are. Although we see ourselves as unique, we all take influence, whether we know it or not, from everything around us. As Maya Angelou said, “You are the sum total of everything you've ever seen, heard, eaten, smelled, been told, forgot - it's all there…” My subjects strive for independence and individuality, all the while borrowing from those that came before them.

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Ryan Akers' "Misshapes, Mistakes, and Fakes", will have its opening reception at the Gadsden Museum of Art on FRIDAY, No...
10/30/2023

Ryan Akers' "Misshapes, Mistakes, and Fakes", will have its opening reception at the Gadsden Museum of Art on FRIDAY, November 3RD from 5 - 8 PM.
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With an interest in the emotive nature of shape, I use recycled textile felt to produce installation-based work. I create opportunities to engage with ambiguity through shapes that feel at once novel and familiar in order to allow space for embodied analog experience. I have developed an interest in incorporating observations I make while moving through the world into my work. These observations often serve as inspiration for the shapes, compositions, materials, and colors I use in my drawing practice. Recently my practice has expanded into large-scale installations which increasingly consider the architecture of the installation site.
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COMING UP NEXT FRIDAY:Abigail Henderson's "Amalgamations" also featured alongside "Shared Beginnings, Diverse Creations"...
10/27/2023

COMING UP NEXT FRIDAY:

Abigail Henderson's "Amalgamations" also featured alongside "Shared Beginnings, Diverse Creations" (which includes works by Izabella Janush-Hernandez, Alexa Lee, and Sydney Marlin and curated by Abigail Henderson).

Ryan Akers' "Misshapes, Mistakes, and Fakes" will have their opening reception on November 3RD, 5 - 8 PM at the Gadsden Museum of Art.

Be sure not to miss out!

Currently, we are preparing an identification panel for our historical Gadsden aerial photographs from the 1950s. If you...
10/24/2023

Currently, we are preparing an identification panel for our historical Gadsden aerial photographs from the 1950s. If you can assist us in identifying some of these old buildings, we would greatly appreciate it! Let us know if you know any of these buildings by stopping by the museum or replying to this post.

The Gadsden Museum of Art would like to invite local students to participate in the "VFW Auxiliary Young American Creati...
10/19/2023

The Gadsden Museum of Art would like to invite local students to participate in the
"VFW Auxiliary Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest"
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The VFW Auxiliary is sponsoring a 2-D and 3-D art contest for eligible students in grades 9-12. The “Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest” is a scholarship contest that recognizes up-and-coming artists and encourages patriotism in youth.

Student entries must be submitted to a participating sponsoring VFW Auxiliary. One winner from each District will then be selected to compete in the state VFW Auxiliary with the chance to move on to the VFW Auxiliary National Headquarters.
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National scholarship winners will be awarded the following:

1st place - $15,000
2nd place - $7,500
3rd place - $3,500
4th & 5th place - $1,500
6th & 7th place - $1000
8th – 19th place - $500

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Visit vfwauxiliary.org for entry forms and competition guidelines.

All entries must be submitted to local VFW Auxiliary contact by March 31st:
Barbara Cornelius
[email protected]
(256) 312-4321

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The Gadsden Museum of Art is planning to sell SWEATSHIRTS and HOODIES soon! If you would like one, reply with the sizes ...
10/18/2023

The Gadsden Museum of Art is planning to sell SWEATSHIRTS and HOODIES soon! If you would like one, reply with the sizes you need directly to this post, or message us through Facebook Messenger.

*** Sweatshirts come in gray and hoodies come in black ***

Size chart:
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M
L
XL
XXL

(Example response: Sweat Shirt - SMALL)
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The GMA: Gadsden Museum of Art is planning to sell hoodies soon! If you would like one, reply with the sizes you need to...
10/13/2023

The GMA: Gadsden Museum of Art is planning to sell hoodies soon! If you would like one, reply with the sizes you need to this post, or message us through Facebook Messenger.

Size chart:
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M
L
XL
XXL

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The Gadsden Museum of Art had a great turnout last week for First Friday!
10/09/2023

The Gadsden Museum of Art had a great turnout last week for First Friday!

It is Homecoming Week in Gadsden! The Gadsden Museum of Art wants to celebrate our local schools with this small exhibit...
10/06/2023

It is Homecoming Week in Gadsden!
The Gadsden Museum of Art wants to celebrate our local schools with this small exhibit.

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Historical images in order or appearance:

Gadsden High School and Stadium in 1939

Gadsden High School after the fire of November 9, 1972

Emma Sansom

One of Etowah County's first buses (1929, Chevrolet, four-cylinder)

Etowah Co., High School Attalla, AL.

Litchfield Junior High, September, 1975

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Art History Fact of the Week!
10/06/2023

Art History Fact of the Week!

Ruben Gaspar and Ana Mendoza's "A Mortal Coil, The Duality of Life", will have its opening reception at the Gadsden Muse...
10/06/2023

Ruben Gaspar and Ana Mendoza's "A Mortal Coil, The Duality of Life", will have its opening reception at the Gadsden Museum of Art TODAY, October 6th from 5 - 8 PM.
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Other featured exhibits at the opening:

Hannah Hill's "Go Ethereal"
Carol Hill's "Patterns and Perceptions"
Aidan Garcia's "An Introduction"

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Hannah Hill's "Go Ethereal", will have its opening reception at the Gadsden Museum of Art TOMORROW, October 6th from 5 -...
10/05/2023

Hannah Hill's "Go Ethereal", will have its opening reception at the Gadsden Museum of Art TOMORROW, October 6th from 5 - 8 PM.
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In my paintings, I’m attempting to create a veneer of an alternate world. An ephemeral plane made up of dualities, of residual traumas made poetic. All of my imagined worlds draw from my personal experiences, desires, and fears, but also my favorite curiosities; archaeological finds, folklore, ecologies, ancient societies, medieval manuscripts, etc. These vastly different interests, combined with a penchant for self-reflection and with my upbringing in the foothills of Appalachia, casts unusual imagery of figure, landscape, fauna, flora and relics. The result is a forged personal mythology, where elements of the ‘real’ world and the supernatural are intertwined.
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Ruben Gaspar and Ana Mendoza's "A Mortal Coil, The Duality of Life", will have its opening reception at the Gadsden Muse...
10/04/2023

Ruben Gaspar and Ana Mendoza's "A Mortal Coil, The Duality of Life", will have its opening reception at the Gadsden Museum of Art this upcoming 1st Friday, October 6th from 5 - 8 PM.
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Since the age of five, Ruben Gaspar has had a love of drawing. As a young boy, he remembers asking his father to draw something for him. His father began drawing a depiction of a soldier, and as he watched, Gaspar found himself beginning to fall in love with the process. His admiration of his father’s appreciation of art has been his inspiration for his love of drawing today. He is continuing his pursuit of creative thinking as an engineering student at Jacksonville State University.

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Artifact Highlight of the Week: Vintage Edwardian Era Boots (Gadsden Musem of Art) (From the Archives)
10/03/2023

Artifact Highlight of the Week: Vintage Edwardian Era Boots
(Gadsden Musem of Art) (From the Archives)

Aidan Garcia's "An Introduction", will have its opening reception at the Gadsden Museum of Art this upcoming 1st Friday,...
10/03/2023

Aidan Garcia's "An Introduction", will have its opening reception at the Gadsden Museum of Art this upcoming 1st Friday, October 6th from 5 - 8 PM.
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As an artist, I find solace in the transformative power of creativity. Through my artwork, I strive to capture the essence of my internal realm and translate it into visual narratives that resonate with others. With a palette of vibrant colors, I seek to evoke a sense of energy and vitality in my pieces, inviting the audience to explore the depths of their own psyche. Ultimately, my goal as an artist is to create a space for contemplation and connection, where art becomes a catalyst for personal growth and collective understanding.

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Carol Hill's "Patterns and Perceptions", will have its opening reception at the Gadsden Museum of Art this upcoming 1st ...
10/02/2023

Carol Hill's "Patterns and Perceptions", will have its opening reception at the Gadsden Museum of Art this upcoming 1st Friday, October 6th from 5 - 8 PM.
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I am fascinated by the captivating beauty of natural forms. Much of my inspiration comes from the patterns and designs found in shells, the organic lines of nature such as seed pods, leaves, and flowers, and the geometry of rock formations. I use acrylic paint and multimedia composition to create the symmetry, design, and organic form arrangement in my current work.

The result is a fusion of colors, patterns, and shapes that blur the boundaries between the familiar and the mysterious. Through the juxtaposition of pattern and organic shape, my goal is to create a sense of wonder and a connection with the world around us.

I strive for my art to serve as evidence of the beauty and complexity of the natural world by exploring it’s intricate patterns and designs. I aspire to create a sense of harmony between the organic and inorganic. The combination of colors, patterns, and shapes in my work is a reflection of the diversity and richness of this awe-inspiring world.

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The Gadsden Museum of Art promotes an appreciation for all types of visual arts by hosting a variety of changing art exhibits each year, as well as pieces from its permanent collection. Additionally, it fosters an awareness and appreciation of local history through exhibiting artifacts, photographs, and decorative arts of historical significance of the Gadsden and Etowah County area. Admission is free.

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