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The University of Alabama Gallery is 1,500 square feet and offers a year-round schedule of exhibitions of artistic works, artifacts, textiles and more from permanent collections held by The University of Alabama as well as works by faculty, students, guest artists and designers.

August-September 2022 Exhibit

 Pat Snow: You Will Never Read My Poetry

August 5 – September 28, 2022
with a reception for the artist on First Friday, September 2, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center
University of Alabama Gallery

The University of Alabama Gallery announces the opening show of the fall exhibition season: Pat Snow: You Will Never Read My Poetry. The exhibition will be on view from First Friday, August 5 through September 28, 2022, with a reception for the artist on First Friday, September 2, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Pat Snow investigates narrative structures and storytelling in his work. Informed by the DIY and Outsider movements of the 1980s and ‘90s, he pulls from low and high art, and words, ideas, and images from sources such as pop songs, blues lyrics, and Noam Chomsky. Snow writes, “The art and words are combined to try to find a place where our inner monologue rests alongside conversation from outside of oneself.”

The question for the viewer, he notes, is, “can the narrator be trusted? Does the narrator even trust their own words?”

Snow, a Birmingham, Alabama, native, recently returned after a decade in Austin, Texas, where he held solo and group exhibitions including at the Contemporary Museum Austin and GrayDUCK Gallery, Austin. The Austin Chronicle named Snow in their top art shows in year-end lists for several years.

Snow was a studio assistant for Luis Jiménez, Robert Colescott and Howard Finster, and worked with B. F. Perkins and Mose Tolliver. He received the MFA in painting and drawing from the University of Arizona, where he studied with Colescott and Jiménez. He received the BFA in studio art from UA where he studied with Al Sella and worked with Kentuck Festival and Art Center founder Georgine Clarke. He has been awarded an artist fellowship by the Alabama State Council on the Arts and his work is in the collections of museums including the Birmingham Museum of Art.

Pat Snow, “Ballcap,” 2022, oil on wood, 7 x 5 inches. Courtesy of the artist.