Thornton Willis: Structural Abstraction

Date: Thursday, October 04, 2012
Time: 09:00 AM - 04:30 PM
Location: 103/ Sarah Moody Gallery of Art Garland Hall
Cost: free 

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A decade of large abstract oil paintings by New York artist and UA alumnus Thornton Willis is featured in the exhibition. There are three bodies of work: Willis's latest paintings, lattice paintings, and triangle paintings. Willis's works have always had in common the "allover surface plane held in tension, between figure and ground, as an interwoven field", says Lance Esplund, arts contributor to the Wall Street Journal. Willis's 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's work is in more than 40 collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, NY; The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC; the Herb and Dorothy Vogel Collection, National Gallery, Washington, DC; The High Museum of Art, Atlanta; and the Sarah Moody Gallery of Art, UA, Tuscaloosa, AL. This exhibition is supported by the Farley Moody Galbraith Exhibition Fund.  The Sarah Moody Gallery of Art is supported by the College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of Art and Art History. We are located at 103 Garland Hall in the heart of the UA campus on Woods Quad. There is no admission charge. For further information, contact the gallery at 348-1891 or check out

Contact Info: Vicki Rial, (205) 348-1891,

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