SGAG Exhibition: Border Stories – Juan Lopez-Bautista MFA


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The University of Alabama Department of Art and Art History is proud to present the Juan Lopez-Bautista Master of Fine Arts exhibit. Border stories opens October 18 and will run until November 17, 2021 at the Sella-Granata Art Gallery, Woods Hall, UA Campus.

Juan Lopez-Bautista, an American-Mexican artist and biologist, creates large mixed media works composed of images related to people migrating to the US-Mexico border. The works, painted with acrylic washes, inks, dry pigments and acrylic transfers on paper and synthetic panels, represent migrants and the objects that represent their presence, immersed in an abstract landscape as in a struggle for survival. Lopez-Bautista uses images of migrant tracks, tracks that “show the remains of a journey, the remains of long and sometimes fatal crossings”. He explains: “the objects left by immigrants are objects carrying meaning; they are remnants of stories to tell, clothes and shoes someone used to wear, forgotten toys and dolls, and bags that once held treasured heirlooms. Although the objects appear faded after being exposed for weeks or years to desert conditions, they still contrast vividly with the arid and inhospitable environment.

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The Sella-Granata Art Gallery is an essential part of the education and development of UA students and our community. The gallery is located at 109 Woods Hall, 7th Avenue, on the AU campus in Tuscaloosa and admission is free. The gallery is open to the public and visitors must wear face coverings inside the gallery.

The opening hours of the gallery are Monday from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm; Tuesday 12:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m .; Wednesday 9 am-8pm; Thursday 12:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m .; Friday 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

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