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Press Release
For immediate release Thursday, November 12, 2015
CONTACT: Roy L. Williams, Director of Public Relations    
Birmingham Public Library                                               
Phone: (205) 226-3746 cell (205) 568-0067                                                        

What: Painting @ UAB: The Students of Gary Chapman
When: Opening reception Sunday, November 15, 2015, 2:30-5:00 p.m.
Where: Central Library, Fourth Floor Gallery, 2100 Park Place, Birmingham, Alabama 35203
Admission: Free. For more information call Haruyo Miyagawa (205) 226-3670

Painting @ UAB: The Students of Gary Chapman Exhibit to Open Sunday, November 15

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama—Gary Chapman has mentored and taught hundreds of students over 26 years as an art professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB).

Beginning November 15, some of his art students’ best work will be featured in an exhibit at the Birmingham Public Library. The special exhibit, Painting @ UAB: The Students of Gary Chapman, debuts in the Fourth Floor Gallery of the Central Library, 2100 Park Place, in downtown Birmingham and runs through late December.
The public is invited to meet the artists at an opening reception on Sunday, November 15, from 2:30 until 5:00 p.m., in the Central Library’s Boardroom adjacent to the gallery. The reception is free of charge.  This exhibit will highlight the diverse work being created at UAB in the Painting Studio, under the guidance of Chapman. Chapman said the exhibit includes the work of 11 students, some current juniors and seniors, as well as graduates who have moved on to professional careers.
While Chapman teaches a highly structured, somewhat traditional beginning painting class, he later works with each student individually through the intermediate and advanced levels, guiding each student’s research, exploration, and experimentation. The result is a dynamic group of young painters who have each found and developed their unique vision through paint.

“As a teacher, it is rewarding to work with and challenge young artists as they struggle through and ultimately realize their own, personal vision,” Chapman said.

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