Press Release - Detail
For immediate release Monday, April 9, 2012
CONTACT:  Angela Fisher Hall
Associate Director 
Birmingham Public Library                    
Phone: (205) 226-3614

Four Decades: Photography from the University of Montevallo
Featuring works by faculty members Karen Graffeo and Scott Stephens along with Montevallo graduates from the 1970's to the present.

Birmingham, Alabama—Birmingham Public Library (BPL) presents a very special exhibition created by faculty and former students from the University of Montevallo’s College of Fine Arts.  “Four Decades: Photography From the University of Montevallo” opens in the Fourth Floor Exhibition Gallery of the Central Library on Tuesday, April 17 and runs through Friday, May 25. A reception for this exhibition will be held on Monday, April 30 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Board Room adjacent to the Gallery. The reception is free and open to the public.

Faculty featured in the exhibition includes Associate Professor of Art Karen Graffeo and Scott Stephens, Professor of Art and Chair of the Department of Art.  Graffeo is also the director of the photography concentration at the university. In 2005, she was appointed University Scholar for her documentary work in Roma communities in western and central Europe. Graffeo’s personal work includes multi-media, alternative processes and documentary photography, including an ongoing documentary (1999-present) of Roma communities. She has also presented performance based work in national and international venues including a performance choreographed and staged during a teaching residency at Ulster Art Academy in Belfast. Graffeo has a Master of Fine Arts in Photography and Painting (1987), as well as a Master of Arts in Art Education from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa (1978).

Scott Stephens is an artist who teaches printmaking and photography. He earned his Master of Fine Arts degree at the University of Alabama and his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Washington University in St. Louis. Stephens has completed artist residencies at the Centrum vor Grafiek Frans Masereel in Kasterlee, Belgium, the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, France, and the Hamilton Printmakers Arts Association in Ontario, Canada. His work has been recognized with a fellowship from the Southern Arts Federation/National Endowment for the Arts and two individual artist fellowships from the Alabama State Council on the Arts in 1992 and 2002. His work in photography focuses on photomechanical techniques and historical processes.

In addition to Graffeo and Stephens, the exhibition will include works by artists Margaret Blevins, Andrea Bliss, Gena Gann Childers, John DeMotte, Mary Deering Dillard, Lee Dunnie, Amanda Rowland Erwin, Philip Griffith, Sky Johnson, Ben Rigsby, Jesse Robitaille, Ted Tucker, and Joel Whitaker. 

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