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Made in Alabama at the Wiregrsss Museum of Art celebrates Alabama artists during the Alabama Tourism
DOTHAN, ALABAMA – The Wiregrass Museum of Art is pleased to announce the opening of its spring exhibition, Made in Alabama, on the evening of April 21 at Art After Hours.
The exhibition features eight Alabama artists and makers working in mediums including printmaking, glasswork, mosaic, mixed media, and textiles. It coincides with the Alabama Department of Tourism’s Year of Alabama Makers, which honors the craftspeople, musicians, writers, designers, brewers, distillers, and food producers who make Alabama an extraordinary place. The artwork included in Made in Alabamasupports this initiative to showcase the state’s best artists and artisans and further emphasizes WMA’s commitment to collecting and exhibiting Alabama art.
Through the artists’ original works, Made in Alabama explores the subjects of time, history, memory, and nature, motivated by a need to preserve personal and culturally-relevant stories. Each piece explores the intricate processes of the artists’ chosen medium, focusing on the physical process of artistic creation. The exhibition examines the lines between fine art and craft, connecting viewers to Alabama’s rich cultural heritage.
According to WMA’s director and curator, Dana-Marie Lemmer, Made in Alabama is the ideal exhibition to demonstrate the overall mission of the museum. “The Wiregrass Museum of Art has always been committed to showcasing work by Alabama artists. This year’s Alabama Tourism Department celebration of makers in the state is just another opportunity for us to fulfill our mission. This state is rich in its cultural heritage, and our art is what connects us to our history. The work in the show presents a celebration of the stories, memories, and ideas that make us unique.”
Featured artists include Butch Anthony (Seale), Katie Baldwin (Huntsville), Doug Baulos (Birmingham), Cal Breed (Huntsville), Natalie Chanin (Florence), Frédéric Lecut (Dothan), Miriam Norris Omura (Birmingham), and Debra Riffe (Birmingham). After the opening on April 21, Made in Alabama will be open from April 22 through June 25.
Art After Hours is held quarterly at the Wiregrass Museum of Art. The spring event will take place on Thursday, April 21 beginning at 5:30 p.m. Admission is free for members and $5 for non-members.
Made in Alabama was organized by the Wiregrass Museum of Art in Dothan, Alabama with support from the Alabama State Council on the Arts.