Each year, the Arty Party showcases one of the five fine and performing arts programs in the College of Arts and Sciences: visual arts, creative writing, dance, music, and theatre. Proceeds from the evening provide funds to establish scholarships and support academic needs in UA’s fine and performing arts programs. Since its inception in 2003, the Arty Party has raised more than $200,000 for the College’s fine and performing art departments.
Spotlight on Art and Art History
The Department of Art and Art History is home to over 290 undergraduates, 21 graduate students, 15 faculty members and over 1,300 alumni. It serves more than 2,500 University students each semester.
The Department offers graduate programs leading to the Master of Arts degree in Studio Art and Art History and the Master of Fine Arts degree in Studio Art. Areas of study include ceramics, digital media, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture. The MA in Art History is a joint degree program with the University of Alabama at Birmingham and offers concentrations in 19th Century American art, Baroque art, modern and contemporary art, and Asian art. Undergraduate programs lead to the Bachelor of Arts degree and the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in studio art and the Bachelor of Arts degree in art history.
The Department has two art galleries, the Sarah Moody Gallery of Art, which features exhibitions dedicated to contemporary art by nationally acclaimed visual artist, and the Sella-Granata Art Gallery, which features exhibits by students and exchange exhibitions with other university visual art programs. The Sarah Moody Gallery of Art’s exhibitions are underwritten by the Farley Moody Galbraith II Support Fund. Purchases for the Permanent Collection are facilitated by the Farley Moody Galbraith Gallery Acquisition Fund. The Paul R. Jones Collection of American Art and the University of Alabama’s outdoor sculpture collection are also part of the Department of Art and Art History.
The Department is housed in historic Woods and Garland Halls with studios and workshops elsewhere on campus and in Tuscaloosa.