Press Release - Detail
For immediate release Monday, August 12, 2013
CONTACT: Angela Fisher Hall                                             
Associate Director                                              
Birmingham Public Library System                                  
Phone: (205) 226-3614                                         
Library Exhibition Focuses on Physical Processes and Imagery
Paintings by Alabama Professor Sky Shineman Opens August 15
Birmingham, Alabama—The Birmingham Public Library is pleased to announce its newest exhibition titled “Surfacing : The Paintings of Sky Shineman.”  This exhibition is scheduled to open August 15, 2013 in the Fourth Floor Exhibition Gallery of the Central Library located at 2100 Park Place.  An opening reception is scheduled for Saturday, August 17 from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. in the Fourth Floor Board Room.  The exhibition runs through September 20, 2013 and is on view during the library’s regular hours of operation.
Sky Shineman is Assistant Professor of Art in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. She received both her MFA in Studio Art and BS in English Education from Ohio State University in Columbus.  She states, “In painting, I am interested in physical processes and phenomenal imagery. By employing reductive methods such as sanding and bleaching, I attempt to bring awareness to the tactile qualities of the painting object while creating imagery that is connected to its making.  Ideally the process and the product overlap and enrich one another providing a multi-sensory experience. The complex relationship between how something looks and how it has come to being is the compelling question behind the Surfacing series.”
Shineman has shown in various galleries, museums, and art shows around the country including the Alabama State Council on the Arts Gallery in Montgomery and the SICA 7th Annual International Exhibition at the Shore Institute of Contemporary Arts in Long Branch, New Jersey.  Her many honors include the University of Alabama Research Grants Committee Award for a project titled Personal Modernism: Relating Through Painting (2012) and the Best in Show Purchase Award at the 26th Annual West Alabama Juried Show (2010).
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MEDIA:  Media coverage of this exhibition is welcomed.  To schedule an interview with the artist, please contact Angela Fisher Hall at (205) 226-3614.  Attached are images of the artist's work with titles added.
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