Poole Art Gallery

Presenting Contemporary art demonstrating the diversity of current artistic practice, the Art Department manages two galleries on campus – the Gallery at Bloch Hall and the Poole Art Galley in the new Center for the Arts. Collectively we present four professional exhibitions and multiple student BFA exhibitions each year.

The galleries support our curriculum and are a significant public venue for the visual arts in the Montevallo community and in Shelby County. Most exhibitions include a reception with an artist’s or curator’s talk.

The galleries are free and open to the public. Please contact our Administrative Assistant, Nita Terrell, if you would like to be on the gallery mailing list. Or join us on Facebook: UM ART Department.

Fall 2022 – Spring 2023 schedule for Poole Art Gallery

Sept 8 – Oct 13
Never Mind All That
Adrian Rhodes

Thurs., Sept. 8, 2022, 4 to 6 pm
Poole Art Gallery

Adrian Rhodes artwork inhabits a space between immersive, site-specific installation and a traditional understanding of individual pieces. As a medium based in the creation of the multiple, printmaking becomes a method for creating structure. This framework, indulging a desire for order, creates space for disruptions. Her process is an anxiety response, reflecting on an obsessive desire to ruminate on past loss while preserving present joys.

Oct 20 – Dec 1
Melissa Yes

Thurs., Oct 20, 2022, 4 to 6 pm
Poole Art Gallery

Melissa Yes’s work is a strategy that uses appropriation, play, and social engagement to (attempt to) understand mainstream American myths and attitudes. Ambitious multimedia projects form the gravitational center of her practice, which also sustains an orbit of smaller experiments in video, painting, and sculpture. She has an affection for glitch and for un-precious materials, which offer both levity and critique of her subjects (and herself).

Jan 17 – Feb 11
Alumni Art Auction

Poole Party – Sat., Feb. 11, 2023 4 -5:30 pm

Formerly known as the Bloch Party, the Alumni Art Auction is now known as the Poole Party since moving to the Poole Gallery of Art. This annual fundraising event showcases donated artwork from alumni and faculty and features silent bidding throughout the exhibition. All proceeds from this event go directly to the Art Department to support our programs and provide scholarships to students.

March 2 – April 27
Signifiers, Dualities, and Dialogs
Gregory Martin

Thurs., March 2, 2023, 4 to 6 pm
Poole Art Gallery

Although Gregory Martin’s paintings are most easily categorized as landscapes, they could also be thought of as contemplative spaces in which to experience dualities and polarities within human nature, the natural world and the practice of painting such as: growth and decay, the illusion of depth and flatness, the “truth” of photography and the “fiction” of painting, the differences between our ideals and our actions.