ASFA Visual Arts students engage in studio work in painting, sculpture, printmaking, filmmaking, photography, drawing, and art history. Each artist has access to community studio space where they can work alongside their peers. The first floor Vulcan Materials Gallery provides students the opportunity to view a variety of rotating exhibits, interact with visiting artists, participate in regular critiques, and as seniors curate their own work in a required senior exhibition.
The mission of the Visual Arts Department is to inspire and cultivate student creativity while providing dynamic instruction by professional studio artists who are accomplished and currently working in their field. Students learn creative problem solving and craftsmanship as they explore traditional and untraditional materials and techniques. Art Department Chair Darius Hill has recently installed a commissioned sculpture at the Birmingham Museum of Art and participates in numerous regional exhibitions. Faculty includes Anne Herbert, who recently participated in juried exhibitions at the South Eastern College Art Conference as well as national exhibitions; Cumbee Tyndal, who has worked in several prominent Manhattan galleries such as Michael Werner and Pamela Auchincloss, and Randy Gachet, who has received numerous honors and awards such as an Alabama State Council artists grant and a fellowship from the Surdna Foundation.
ASFA Visual Arts students have received many honors for their work such as Best in Show - 2018 Alabama Student Juried Art Exhibition, Gold Medal in the National Scholastic Art Competition, and first place in the Magic City Art Connection High School Sculpture Competition. The visual art student body is proud to be represented by a 2019 U.S. Presidential Scholar, receiving one of the most prestigious academic awards for high school graduates.
Universities/Institutions Accepted Into:
Atlanta College of Art, Carnegie-Mellon University, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Cooper Union, The Corcoran School of Art, The Kansas City Art Institute, The Maryland Institute-College of Art, The Parsons School of Design, Pratt Institute of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, San Francisco Art Institute, Vassar College, Yale University, as well as numerous state universities and colleges.
Notable Visual Arts Alumni:
- Terry Beckham: Exhibit Designer at the Birmingham Museum of Art
- Monica Haslip: Arts and technology education advocate, founder Little Black Pearl, and chosen by President Barack Obama as 1 of 12 White House Champions of Change
- Rachel Mohler: New York University MFA candidate in video game design
- Willie Williams: Founder and owner of Birmingham's Studio 2500
- Celeste Pfau: Interdisciplinary artist, Magic City Art Connection’s Emerging Artist
- Kelsey Harrison: Documentary Production Specialist at Alabama Public Television (APT)
- Corey Dunlap: MFA and gallery artist