Art Gallery

Summer Invitational: Encore
Remembrance: Hugh O. Williams

Join us this summer for a special exhibition dedicated to Auburn, Alabama artist Hugh Oliver Williams. The show features works by past studio members and fellow artists Jo Ann Beck, Susan Steagall Brown, June Capps, Gloe Herbert Dyne, William R. Gwin, Cynthia Mask, Catie Radney, Michael Robinson, Ethel Sell Vaughan, Ann Waid and Donna Young.

Born in Centre, Alabama, Hugh Williams received his B.A.A. in Applied Art from Auburn University, M.A. in Art from Columbia University, and did additional study at John Herron Art Institute in Indianapolis and Columbia University. He joined the Auburn University Art faculty in 1957 and was named Alumni Professor of Art in 1987, the only professor to be so honored to date. William’s work is in the permanent collection of the The High Museum of Art, Columbus Museum of Art, Columbia University Art Gallery, Montgomery Museum of Art, Birmingham Museum of Art, Fine Arts Museum of the South Mobile, and the Jules Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art at Auburn University. Williams formally retired as an Alumni Professor Emeritus of Art in 1992, though continued to run a highly regarded studio locally. His own nationally recognized work ranges from painting and drawing to mixed media sculpture, always with an experimental and visionary approach. He has said, “If you are not willing to take the risk, you stop learning, and it is important as an artist to take on a new adventure.”

The exhibit will run thru July 18 at the Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center, located at 222 East Drake Avenue. A public reception will be held on Saturday, June 30 from 2 – 4 p.m. at the Art Gallery. The event is hosted by the Auburn Arts Association. Please join us for this very special exhibition. For more information, call the Jan Dempsey Community Arts center at (334) 501-2963.


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