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Painting of UA’s President’s Mansion to be Unveiled Nov. 9

“President’s Mansion, The University of Alabama” was painted by Alabama artist and UA alumnus Nall to commemorate the mansion’s 175th anniversary. The mixed media on wood work includes mementos and symbols reflecting UA’s history.

“President’s Mansion, The University of Alabama” was painted by Alabama artist and UA alumnus Nall to commemorate the mansion’s 175th anniversary. The mixed media on wood work includes mementos and symbols reflecting UA’s history.

TUSCALOOSA, Ala.  — A painting of The University of Alabama’s President’s Mansion by the artist Nall, a UA alumnus, will be unveiled at Bryant Conference Center Monday, Nov. 9 at 4:30 p.m.

The painting commemorates the 175th anniversary of the historic President’s Mansion.

Limited edition, fine art giclée prints of the painting—sized at 19.5 by 23.5 inches, printed on archival paper, and signed and numbered by the artist—will be sold at the reception for $500.

Thereafter, prints may be purchased by calling the Office of the Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences at 205/348-7007.

The President’s Mansion was built in 1841 and was designed by the architect Michael Barry. It is one of four buildings remaining today that survived the burning of the UA campus during the Civil War. It is the official residence of The University of Alabama’s president.

Nall, born in 1948 as Fred Nall Hollis, in Troy, earned his degree in art, political science and psychology from The University of Alabama and studied at the prestigious Ecole Nationale de Beaux Arts in Paris.

His works have been exhibited throughout the United States and internationally. His participation in international porcelain fairs includes the Caroussel du Louvre in Paris; Stuttgart, Germany; the Château do Bagatelle in Neuilly; at Podium boutique in Moscow, Russia; and in New York’s Arts and Crafts Museum and “Murano Memories” group show.

His signature dinnerware porcelain has been produced by Havelind and Parlon, Royal Limoges, The Tunisian Porcelain Company and Monaco Porcelain Company. He has had four postage stamps produced by the Principality of Monaco.

Nall has created commissioned works for New York’s National Arts Club; Cathedral of Saint-Paul de Vence; Prince Albert II of Monaco; The Tuscany Council for Culture; Puccini Festival Foundation; Pisa International Airport, Italy; St. Francis Basilica in Assisi, Italy; and St. Augustine Museum.

He was Monaco Artist in Residence from 2013 to 2014. His monumental “Peace Frame” is permanently installed as the doorway to Pietrasanta, Italy, and at Monaco’s harbor, voted the most photographed site in the city. His latest monumental sculpture “Japanese Magnolia” is permanently installed in Monaco.

Nall’s work is held in permanent collections of the Boston Museum of Fine Art and the Bibliotec Nationale Paris, among others. He is the recipient of Mary Ellen LoPresti ARLIS/Southeast Publishing Award for Best Art Book for “Alabama Art” (Black Belt Press) and works to promote Alabama artists by curating their works into Retirement Systems of Alabama Hotels in Alabama.

He received the 1998 Alumnus Art Award by The University of Alabama’s Society for the Fine Arts, a Doctorate Honoris Causa from Troy University; and Alabama’s Distinguished Artist of the Year award from the Alabama State Council on the Arts.

Numerous hardcover books have been published on his work. Nall lives and works in Fairhope.

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.