Supporting the Arts
Thanks in part to the generous support of donors and local art enthusiasts, the impressive 26,000-square-foot Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts opened its doors to the public for the first time on Thursday, Jan. 16. Located at 1221 10th Ave. South, the AEIVA is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 12-6 p.m. Saturday and is closed Sundays and holidays.
"Growing the arts and culture is a priority for UAB, and the new Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts represents a major stride in those efforts," says UAB President Ray L. Watts, M.D. "The Institute will transform our department of art and art history, offer new and innovative opportunities for education, share the outstanding work of our faculty and students with a much broader audience, and attract acclaimed artists from around the world to UAB. The AEIVA joins the Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center, the William Hansell and Susan Mabry Hulsey Center for Arts and Humanities and the National Alumni Society House in a burgeoning cultural arts corridor that is a tremendous asset for UAB, Birmingham and the state of Alabama."
This addition to UAB's College of Arts and Sciences would not have happened without the philanthropy of lead donors, Judy and Hal Abroms, and Ruth and the late Marvin Engel. Additional major donors include Gail and Jeffrey Bayer, the Ronne and Donald Hesse Foundation, and Carol and the late Jack Oates.
The AEIVA's inaugural exhibition, curated by the Birmingham Museum of Art, also was the result of generous supporters of UAB. "Material Evidence: Art in Search of Representation and Identity" features two galleries' of work culled from the private collections of some of Birmingham's most dedicated art collectors and enthusiasts.
Lenders to the exhibition included Margaret and Bruce Alexander, Catherine and Bill Cabaniss, Lydia Cheney and Jim Sokol, Charlsie and Ralph Cook, Carnetta and Norm Davis, Rebecca and Jack Drake, Ellen and Fred Elsas, Beverly and Stanley Erdreich, John Hagefstration, Barbara and Basil Hirschowitz, Dick Jemison, John Morton, Karen and Joel Piassick, Nancy and John Poyner, Leslie and Elton Stephens Jr., Michael Strauss, and Carolyn Wade.
"We recognize the importance of the creation of art as a fundamental form of human expression," said UAB College of Arts and Sciences Dean Robert E. Palazzo. "It is a foundation for a comprehensive education in the liberal arts and sciences. The AEIVA provides the College of Arts and Sciences, UAB, and the city of Birmingham with a new forum for the creation of original works of art, the exhibition of art, and the resulting intellectual exchange that is needed to achieve a comprehensive education."
Creating a Brighter Future for UAB
Philanthropic support, such as that given to the AIEVA, helps strengthen UAB's commitment to education and progress. Your new, additional or continued support of our efforts provides a brighter future for Birmingham and Alabama. For more information about opportunities for giving, visit our website or contact the Office of Planned Giving at 205-996-7533 or firstname.lastname@example.org today.