Southern Abstraction


This exhibition represents a collection of Southern artists who use abstraction as a vehicle to explore symbology, shared language and the natural world. Each artist uses abstraction to different extents to explore what aspects of language and communicative devices are necessary to fully connect visually with others. What remains is an investigation of memory, the natural environment and human interaction.

Despite numerous masterful Southern abstract artists, outsiders frequently associate the art of the South with folk art and more traditional forms of expression. While this exhibition does not attempt to be a full survey of contemporary work being made in the South, it does attempt to present more fully the complex cultural landscape of the region and offer a companion to more commonly seen Southern work.


Featured in this exhibition are Claire Lewis Evans (sculpture; Tuscaloosa, Ala.), Sky Shineman (painting; Tuscaloosa, Ala.), Lucinda Bunnen (photography; Atlanta, Ga.), Ansley West Rivers (photography; Darien, Ga.), John McLeod (sculpture; Chattanooga, Tenn.), Rebecca Young (painting; Atlanta, GA), and Brian Edmonds (painting; Huntsville, Ala.).


Southern Abstraction is organized by guest curator Aaron Head.

Youth Art Education Policy

Outside of tours, family days, and open house events, individuals who are not enrolled in a class are not allowed in WMA classrooms except by written permission of the Executive Director. Parents may not join children in the classroom during instruction times in order to ensure an atmosphere conductive to creativity. It is important to limit the number of adults to keep the focus on the kids, their learning, and to accommodate limited seating in the studio. Parents are welcome to stay in the museum during class but must remain outside of the classroom during instruction time.

Museum educators are experienced in creating positive learning environments for all ages and are required to go through a background check to ensure the safety of our students. Parents and guardians are encouraged to visit the studio at the end of class to see what their child has created. All docents and volunteers working with children are also required to go through background checks.

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Throughout the year, WMA will host “Meet the Educator” days where parents and their children can come to the classroom to meet the instructor before beginning classes and camps. 2019’s schedule is as follows: January 30 from 4pm-6pm, May 29 from 4pm-6pm, and August 28 from 4pm-6pm.

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