College of Fine Arts

Performances and Events

Our season offers intimate performance experiences that make the creative process visible, ignites the imagination, inspires learning, and promotes civic dialogue.  Want to be on our monthly events email list?  Send your email address to us here!

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COFA Performances Spring 2022:



March 9 – April 28
Intermountain Mythology

Bryce Lafferty’s landscape drawings emerge as poetic expressions of his wonderment for the natural world. They are almost always based on actual places that he has visited and are the result of an internal process that involves meshing together memories with categorical knowledge such as science, philosophy, or history.

An opening reception will take place on March 9 from 4pm – 6pm in the Keller Lobby, Center for the Arts. An artist talk with Mr. Lafferty will also be held in the Lobby and hosted over Zoom.

March 9th – April 28th
Poole Gallery
Center for the Arts

April 17 – April 21
BFA Art Exhibition

This BFA Art Exhibition will feature works by Madeline Bruce (Drawing/Painting), Natalie Henderson (Drawing), and Savannah Thomas (Graphic Design).

A closing reception will be held on April 21st from 4pm – 6pm at the Gallery in Bloch Hall. Gallery Hours are Mondays – Thursdays from 10am – 4pm.

April 21st
Closing reception, 4:00pm – 6:00pm
The Gallery at Bloch Hall

April 21 – April 24
A New Brain

A NEW BRAIN is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals.

Music and Lyrics by William Finn
Book by William Finn and James Lapine

Directed by Michael Walker; Music Director: Jennifer Hartsell; Costume Design: Emily Gill; Scenic and Lighting Design: Kel Laeger

By the Tony Award-winning authors of Falsettos, here is an energetic, sardonic, often comical musical about a composer during a medical emergency. Gordon collapses into his lunch and awakes in the hospital, surrounded by his maritime-enthusiast lover, his mother, a co-worker, the doctor, and the nurses. Reluctantly, he had been composing a song for a children’s television show that features a frog – Mr. Bungee – and the specter of this large green character and the unfinished work haunts him throughout his medical ordeal. What was thought to be a tumor turns out to be something more operable, and Gordon recovers, grateful for a chance to compose the songs he yearns to produce. Be Advised: This show contains adult language and adult content surrounding medical diagnoses.

April 21st – 23rd, 7:30pm
April 23rd – 24th, 2:00pm
Michael and Sue Meadows Black Box Theatre
Center for the Arts

April 24 – April 28
BFA Art Exhibition

This BFA Art Exhibition will feature works by Emma Grider (Graphic Design/New Media), Katelynn McLain (Drawing), and Atiyah Muhammad (Graphic Design/Drawing).

An opening reception will be held on April 24th from 4pm – 6pm at the Gallery in Bloch Hall. Gallery Hours are Mondays – Thursdays from 10am – 4pm.

April 24th
Opening reception, 4:00pm – 6:00pm
The Gallery at Bloch Hall

April 25
Wind Ensemble Concert

The Wind Ensemble, comprised of both music majors and non-major band members, under the direction of Dr. Joe Ardovino, will delight audiences with selections from the classic wind band repertory and contemporary works, and will showcase solo performances by senior members of the group.

April 25th
Rebecca J. Luker Stage in the DiscoverShelby Theatre
Center for the Arts

April 26
Concert Choir and University Chorus

This concert by the two university choirs, ensembles comprised of majors and non-majors, features a variety of literature ranging from choral masterworks to spirituals.

April 26th
LeBaron Recital Hall, Davis Hall

May 1 – 5
BFA Art Exhibition

This BFA Art Exhibition will feature works by Isabella Ziglar (Painting), Jamie Myers (Drawing/Painting), and Grace Varner (Ceramics).

An opening reception will be held on May 1st from 4pm – 6pm at the Gallery in Bloch Hall. Gallery Hours are Mondays – Thursdays from 10am – 4pm.

May 1st
Opening reception, 4:00pm – 6:00pm
The Gallery at Bloch Hall


Past Events

January 14 – January 24
“Othered” Student Pop-up Art Exhibition

Featuring work by students: Isaac Barrientos, Megan Boddie, Elle Brown, Deidre Darby, Maddie Evett, Natalie Henderson, Erika Lewis, Kamden Marshall, Atiyah Muhammad, Jamie Myers, Grace Varner, Isabella Zigler, and Victoria Green.

Student Manager is Deidre Darby with faculty support provided by Ryan Foster.

January 24
Guest Artist: Edisher Savitski, piano

A Yamaha Artist and Associate Professor of Piano at the University of Alabama, pianist Edisher Savitski will present a piano solo program featuring works by Franz Liszt and Ludwig van Beethoven.

January 31 – February 19
25th Annual Alumni Art Auction

The Art Department’s annual fundraiser event featuring work provided by UM alumni and faculty. The silent auction will run through the Poole Party on Feb. 19th. The Poole Gallery is open Monday thru Friday from 9am – 8pm.

The “Poole Party,” formerly known as the “Bloch Party,” will be held Feb. 19 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the William & Jeanetta Corbett Keller Lobby of the Center for the Arts. This year will also honor the Art Department’s 2020 retirees, Prof. Karen Graffeo and Prof. Scott Stephens.

January 14 – March 3
A Ribbon of Quicksilver: Art & the Environment on the Kankakee River

Through artistic production including photography, mixed media, poetry and prose, together with scientific field research, artists, scientists and scholars come together to explore, define, and inspire. This interdisciplinary project seeks to re-imagine natural materials in fresh ways with hope that viewers engage the world around them with renewed reverence and care. Lead artists include Prof. Jon Seals and Prof. Scott Dombrowski. Lead researcher is Dr. Randal Johnson with student researchers Brianna Munnich and Emily Zeck.

February 23
Media Day 2022

Join us for a networking fair with local mass media and communication professionals! The schedule includes panels for multimedia journalism, creative media production, corporate communication, and public relations. This event is open to the entire UM community!

February 26
Middle School Honor Band Concert

This culminating performance of the 2022 Middle School Honor Band Festival will showcase the area’s finest young band students, directed by several outstanding guest conductors.

March 1
151st Army Band Youngbucks Brass Band

Join us for an evening of entertainment provided by the Youngbucks Brass Band one of the music performance teams of the 151st Army Band.

March 3 – March 6

ANON(YMOUS) Produced by special arrangement with PLAYSCRIPTS, Inc. (
Written by Naomi Iizuka
Directed by Bart Pitchford; Stage Manager: Jen Nelson Lane; AEA Lighting Design: Krystal Adams, BFA 22; Scenic Design: Kel Laeger; Costume Design: Emily Gill

ANON(YMOUS), first published in 2007 this play discusses themes of home and belonging. From Playscripts, Inc: “Separated from his mother, a young refugee called Anon journeys through the United States, encountering a wide variety of people — some kind, some dangerous and cruel — as he searches for his family. From a sinister one-eyed butcher to beguiling barflies to a sweatshop, Anon must navigate through a chaotic, ever-changing landscape in this entrancing adaptation of Homer’s Odyssey.

March 4
Wind Ensemble Concert, Honor Band Festival

This premier ensemble will get the Honor Band Festival off to a thrilling start with a concert of some of the finest wind literature and is sure to please and impress our young visitors and the general public alike.

March 6
High School Honor Band Concert

These select groups of outstanding high school band students will perform exciting concerts of new and traditional works for concert band, and is the concluding event of the three-day High School Honor Band Festival.

March 7
Faculty Recital: Jay Evans, trombone; Eun-Hee Park, piano

Principal trombonist with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra and music adjunct, Jay Evans, will collaborate with piano faculty, Eun-Hee Park, on a recital of exciting works for alto and tenor trombone.

March 8 – March 17
Juried Foundations Art Show

The Annual Juried Foundations Show is an opportunity for art students to exhibit their work from the freshman and sophomore level foundations classes. An opening reception and awards presentation will be held on March 8 and the artwork will be on exhibit until March 17.

March 17
Guest Artist: Duo Montagnard

Duo Montagnard was formed in 2002 and has performed over 300 concerts in all 50 states, 20 countries on 6 continents. Festival performances include the Chautauqua Institution, Scandinavian Saxophone Festival, & North-West University New Music Week (South Africa) The duo has commissioned, premiered and recorded more than 50 works. Features: Joseph Murphy, saxophone, and Matthew Slotkin, guitar.

March 21
Faculty Recital: Dr. Charles Wood, baritone, accompanied by Dr. Lynn Faulkner, piano

Charles Wood, baritone, will perform an evening of German lieder titled “Eine Kleine Liederabend” (A Little Night of Songs), featuring Opus 32 by Johannes Brahms. This set of songs are among Brahms’ most complex songs and were written during a particularly heartbreaking time for him. They are seldom all done together, and Dr. Wood will speak briefly to give some background on the songs and explain why they are unique. Lynn Faulkner, piano, will accompany him. 

March 22
Dept. of Music Honors Recital

LeBaron Recital Hall, Davis Hall

April 3- April 7
BFA Art Exhibition

BFA Art Exhibition will feature works by Drew Harrison, Diedre Darby (Graphic Design/Drawing), and Ben Calhoun (Sculpture).

April 7 – April 10
Opera: “The Merry Wives of Windsor”

The University of Montevallo Opera Ensemble will present its annual spring opera production featuring “The Merry Wives of Windsor” by Otto Nicolai on April 7-9 at 7:30 P.M. and April 10 at 3:00 P.M.  This delightful adaptation of Shakespeare’s play will be performed by an all student cast with orchestra in a concert version arranged by Director, Dr. Charles Wood.  All performances will be in English and admission is FREE.

April 10- April 14
BFA Art Exhibition

BFA Art Exhibition will feature works by Nathan Mize (Drawing), Victoria Green (Printmaking), and Melissa Wise (Photography).

April 11
Instrumental Chamber Ensembles

LeBaron Recital Hall, Davis Hall

April 14
Jazz Ensemble

The ever-popular Jazz Ensemble will feature a program of foot-tapping selections from the Big Band Swing Era of the mid-1930s to late 1940s, as well as present-day compositions.

April 17
National Association of Composers, USA Concert

The National Association of Composers, founded in 1933, is one of the oldest organizations devoted to the promotion and performance of American concert hall music. The Mid-South chapter will present new music by living composers in our region and feature works by UM faculty Drs. Lori Ardovino and Alan Goldspiel.

April 18
UM Festival Chorus Concert

The Festival Chorus Day will conclude with a concert featuring middle and high school choristers from across the state in a performance of top-tier choral literature. Additionally, this concert will also feature the University of Montevallo Vocal Ensembles, featuring a variety of literature ranging from choral masterworks to spirituals.



Individuals needing disability-related accommodations during events should contact the host department or Disability Support Services (205.665.6250, as early as possible. Efforts will be made to accommodate all access requests regardless of timing, but the University cannot guarantee that requests made with less than one week’s notice can be met.