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From award-winning alternative spaces in Birmingham to a sprawling center for the arts housed in an old textile mill in Huntsville, Alabama is home to a number of first-rate contemporary art galleries. Whether viewing the works of Alabama-based photographer Pinky Bass at Space One Eleven, or wandering the outdoor sculpture trail at the Mobile Museum of Art, here are ten galleries you should visit in Alabama.
Beta Pictoris Maus Contemporary Art is a Birmingham-based gallery that represents a number of up-and-coming, established and internationally-renowned contemporary artists. The gallery has a preference for artworks that demonstrate artistic experimentation and are politically and issue-driven, with the aim of bringing a universal perspective on pertinent topics and innovative art to Birmingham. Beta Pictoris currently represents rising stars of the contemporary art world including Nigerian sculptor and performance artist Jelili Atiku, whose art comments on the various forces – war, climate change, poverty – that threaten both mankind and the planet’s existence, and Kentucky-based multidisciplinary artist Melissa Vandenberg who explores the concept of identity in an era of increasing homogeny and globalization.
The Eastern Shore Art Center is based in the small town of Fairhope on the eastern coast of Mobile Bay and was established with the mission of engaging and educating people of all ages and abilities in the arts and bringing artworks from artists across America to the Eastern Shore region. Founded in 1954 by a collective of Fairhope-based artists, the Eastern Shore Art Centre hosts monthly exhibitions which has included sculptures by artist Lonnie Rich and folk art by Alabama native Lucy Hunnicutt. The center also organizes two outdoor art festivals each year in March and October that showcase works from around 100 renowned regional and international artists.
Eastern Shore Art Center, 401 Oak Street, Fairhope, AL, USA, +1 251 928 2228