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UM 125 Art

Front of Nelson Grice artwork commemorating UM's 125th Founders' Day.

Own a Piece of UM History

Back of Nelson Grice artwork commemorating UM's 125th Founders' Day.

The University of Montevallo celebrated a major milestone as it commemorated 125 years of making a difference in students’ lives Oct. 14 on Founders’ Day. Since 1896, UM has provided a liberal arts education that is one-of-a-kind in Alabama public higher education, creating well-rounded graduates who are prepared for success in their careers and lives.

To commemorate this special occasion, Montevallo alumnus Nelson Grice ’94, M.Ed. ’96 created a limited number of cast bronze works of art incorporating the University’s seal, bricks, ginkgo leaf, falcon and Palmer gates. Each handmade piece will be about 7 inches tall and 6 inches wide, and production will be limited to just 125 pieces and five artist proofs.

Grice said the original piece took about four weeks to create, and each subsequent piece has taken between 10-12 hours to complete. However, the process is a labor of love for Grice and something with which he said he is honored to be involved.

“Montevallo did so much for me and my wife. I would not be where I am today were it not for the Art Department,” he said.

“Each one of those teachers mean so much to me even today. I am delighted and honored to be selected to play such a role.”

Order today to secure one of these unique works of art. Due to the weight of these pieces, shipping is not available, and they must be picked up on campus. The price of each piece is $250.

To order yours, complete the order form below or visit For more information, call 205-665-6215.