The UAB Department of Art & Art History welcomes John Bankston as the 2009 Jack Drake Visiting Artist. His works will be on show from March 7 to April 4 at the UAB Visual Arts Gallery. Admission is free. Call 934-0815.
Bankston will be the guest of honor at a reception at the gallery from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 20. A round-table discussion of his work will follow in the UAB Mary Culp Hulsey Recital Hall. Panelists include UAB Assistant Professor Doug Baulos, Rosie O’Beirne from the UAB Center for Urban Affairs, artist and academic Tony Bingham and moderator Jessica Dallow, Ph.D., associate professor of art. Admission is free and open to the public. Call 934-4941 for details.
Bankston is a San Francisco-based artist whose work explores the mythical histories of children’s stories and fairy tales, righting the perceived wrong suffered within them from their general lack of African-American subjects and characters.