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New York Artist to Show Work at UA Gallery

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — New York artist and University of Alabama alumnus Thornton Willis, will appear at an artist reception and question-and-answer session from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, in the Sarah Moody Gallery of Art on the UA campus.

The question-and-answer session will be at 7 p.m.

Willis’ appearance supports an exhibit of his work titled “Thornton Willis: Structural Abstraction,” that features selections from a decade of his large abstract oil paintings.The show will run from Thursday, Oct. 4, to Friday, Nov. 16 at the Sarah Moody Gallery of Art.

Artist Thornton Willis works in his studio.

The exhibit shows three bodies of the artist’s work: Willis’ latest paintings, lattice paintings and triangle paintings.

His awards include a painting fellowship from the Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, painting and printmaking fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Fellowship, the Pollack-Krasner Foundation Painting Fellowship and membership in the 2004 Southern Mississippi College of Arts and Letters Wall of Fame.

Willis’ work is in more than 40 collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York; the High Museum of Art in Atlanta; and the Sarah Moody Gallery of Art at UA.

The gallery is supported by The College of Arts and Sciences and the department of art and art history. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 P.M. Monday through Friday and from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday.

The gallery, at 103 Garland Hall, is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the gallery at 205/348-1891 or go to

The department of art and art history is part of UA’s College of Arts and Sciences, the University’s largest division and the largest liberal arts college in the state. Its students have won national awards including Rhodes Scholarships, Goldwater Scholarships and memberships on the USA Today Academic All American Team.

The University of Alabama, a student-centered research university, is experiencing significant growth in both enrollment and academic quality. This growth, which is positively impacting the campus and the state's economy, is in keeping with UA's vision to be the university of choice for the best and brightest students. UA, the state's flagship university, is an academic community united in its commitment to enhancing the quality of life for all Alabamians.