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Shelton State Visual Arts to Present 2023 Fall Art Show

Fall 2023 Student Art Show

November 17, 2023 – Shelton State Community College’s Visual Arts Department will open its Fall 2023 Student Art Exhibition on Monday, November 27, in the Martin Campus Cadence Bank Art Gallery.   A reception honoring the artists will be held on Thursday, November 30, from 4:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m., with a special award presentation at 4:30 p.m.  Both the exhibition and the reception are free and open to the public.


The Fall Art Show is the end of semester competition for students enrolled in art courses at the College. A $100 purchase award, two $50 purchase awards, and a $50 Dean’s Choice Award will be given to competing students. The work selected for the Dean’s Choice Award will be displayed in the Office of the Academic Services Dean for the spring 2024 semester.


“We are so proud of the high quality work our students produce every semester, and we are very excited for the chance to share it,” stated award-winning artist and SSCC visual arts instructor Carson Grubaugh. “I encourage the public to join us in celebrating the rich pool of talent flourishing in Tuscaloosa.”


This semester’s guest judge will be Bethany Moody, an art professor from The University of Alabama.


Moody has exhibited her work nationally, most notably at COOP Gallery (Nashville, TN), the Waiting Room (Minneapolis, MN), Albright-Knox Art Gallery (Buffalo, NY), Collar Works (Troy, NY), The Overlook Place (Chicago, IL), and Little Berlin (Philadelphia, PA). Moody is currently an artist-member of Ground Floor Contemporary (Birmingham, AL) and co-founder of Studio Support Group, along with K. MacNeil and Julia Rose Sutherland.


Moody’s participation in SECAC’s 2019 and 2021 juried exhibitions earned a co-director’s award and an honorable mention, respectively. Moody has led various workshops at Space One Eleven and Ground Floor Contemporary and was the 2023 visiting craft educator for the Jefferson County School System. Alonzo Pantoja’s Fibers + Materials in Practice seminar and Vinegar Project’s Shape: Art and Resiliency are among the virtual residencies that Moody has participated in. In addition, Moody was a faculty-in-residence at the University of Montevallo’s Stephens Residency for the summer of 2023.


Part of Shelton State’s designation as the Community College of the Fine Arts for the state of Alabama, the visual arts department focuses on instruction in art techniques and processes engaging students in creative thinking, self-exploration, and critical evaluation.  Courses are designed to provide students with a strong foundation in studio arts and art history.  The art program offers experience for students pursuing transfer to a four-year college program, art careers, and/or personal enrichment.


The Cadence Bank Art Gallery, located on the Martin Campus, showcases a changing series of exhibitions of local, regional, and national artists. The Gallery is open during the College’s regular business hours.


For more information about visual arts, contact Carson Grubaugh at