The Arts Council Gallery

June 2 – July 27

Recent Works: A Collection by Michael Hand
Opening on First Friday, June 2, from 5-7 p.m.

L-R: “The Calm, The Chaos,” “Variety of Life”

The Arts Council of Tuscaloosa will host an exhibit of art by Michael Hand in The Arts Council Gallery at the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center. “Recent Works: A Collection by Michael Hand” will be on display June 2-July 27, 2023. The exhibit will open during the First Friday Art Walk on June 2 at 5 p.m. The display will be comprised of works in a variety of media, primarily paintings on canvas, but also ceramics and multi-media three-dimensional pieces.  

Michael Hand is a resident of Northport who relocated to Tuscaloosa County via Birmingham to be closer to family and also further his career in Interior Design. Currently employed at The University of Alabama as a Construction Project Manager, he finds time to visit the gym, continue ongoing landscaping projects at home and actively pursue visual art projects at his studio on the Kentuck Art Center campus.

Hand recently returned to painting during the Covid shutdown, using the stress of everyday life as a source of energy to produce a creative result. Particularly drawn to seeing a work evolve before his eyes with a specific message, he explores colored washes and other mediums that enhance the process. At times, texture plays an important role with his use of sand and left-over raw canvas to any surplus medium or component from prior projects in the studio. He also enjoys the combination of acrylics and colored pencils paired with other mediums and also the addition of watercolors and clay.

For more information about his work, visit his website at

The Arts Council Gallery is available to artists by invitation only. The Arts Council Gallery located in the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center is one of two galleries managed by The Arts Council. Meeting the demand for additional exhibit space in Tuscaloosa, the gallery hosts a variety of exhibits by artists from around Alabama and the Southeast as well as artists from our own community. Exhibits in The Arts Council Gallery at the CAC and the Junior League Gallery located in the Bama Theatre, are displayed on a rotating basis and are usually booked several months in advance.

Gallery Layout & Dimensions

Gallery Hours:
Weekdays from 9-4 p.m.

Open to artists by invitation only.