Visual Arts at Alabama School of Fine Arts
Ways of seeing Visual arts students at ASFA find inspiration in their fellow artists and discover new lenses for looking at the world around them. They learn not only how to realize their personal artistic vision, but how to resolve that vision within the context of their local and global communities.
Freedom through technique ASFA visual arts students receive extensive technical instruction in a range of media—including drawing, design, painting, print-making, and sculpture—which enables them to explore and discover their own aesthetic. Through the study of form and unity, line and shape, texture and color, they gain proficiency in languages of creative expression that they can use to make their own bold statements.
Individualized approach Because each artist must be celebrated for their unique approach and point of view, our faculty take an individualized approach to educating visual arts students. At the advanced level, every student has their own studio space where they can feel free to experiment and develop their artistic voice through trial and error. By shaping our curriculum from the student out, we prepare them to tap into creative potential that is unambiguously their own.
Imagining possibilities Students encounter successful artists and their work in an array of different contexts, including their courses in art history, rotating exhibits at the Vulcan Materials Gallery on campus, and in the form of visiting artists who offer insight into the professional creative life. They draw inspiration from faculty members who are accomplished artists in their own right, enabling them to envision their own place in such a world.
Learn from top talent!
Darius Hill, ASFA Visual Arts Chair, has a BFA in printmaking and MFA in studio art and participates in numerous exhibitions displaying his sculptures, printmaking, and multimedia works. He was commissioned to create a sculpture which stands outside the Birmingham Museum of Art.
Anne Herbert, ASFA Visual Art Instructor and Vulcan Materials Gallery Director, holds her BFA in Painting and her MFA in Studio Art. Anne exhibits regularly throughout the Southeast and received a 2021 residency at Stove Works in Chattanooga, TN and won First Place Prize in the 2019 SECAC Juried Exhibition.
Randy Gachet, BFA in sculpture, is a 3D artist who has received numerous honors and awards such as an Alabama State Council artists grant and a fellowship from the Surdna Foundation and has shown his work in exhibitions across the Southeast
Celeste Pfau, Celeste Amparo Pfau is an interdisciplinary artist who makes fine art as well as interactive public art installations. Her work is often inspired by the diverse natural and human cultural world of Birmingham. She is a graduate of The Cooper Union in NYC.