GMA Mural Project



The Gadsden Museum of Art is accepting proposals/designs from artists interesting in creating a public art mural in Gadsden. The mural will be located on the back wall of the museum facing the municipal parking lot. The GMA staff is partnering with the Greater Gadsden Tourism Board for the creation of a mural relating to the state of Alabama’s Tourism theme for the year. The artist’s proposal must have a local relevance to the state-wide theme of “Year of Alabama Makers.”

About the Project

  • Mural design proposals are collected and final approval is given by the GMA mural committee.
  • Artists will receive a monetary stipend of $500; supplies will be provided at no cost to the artist.
  • Preference will be given to designs with bold, simple, graphic elements.
  • Both the GMA logo and the Greater Gadsden Tourism logo must be located within the design.
  • The mural will be a temporary installation that will be exhibited for one calendar year.
  • The Alabama Tourism theme for this year “Year of Alabama Makers”. Here is an article that explains the premise:
  • The mural should have an Etowah County appeal to this theme.


Those interested in creating a mural should submit the following materials:

  • A preliminary concept drawing and narrative should be submitted. The narrative should convey the artistic intent, colors, style of work, etc…
  • Timetable for completion of mural.
  • Contact information with current resume/artist statement
  • Examples of your artwork (online portfolio will work!)
  • Anticipated assistance/needs/supplies

Proposals will be juried by the GMA mural committee using the following criteria:

  • Description and creative design of proposed work
  • Feasibility of project completion
  • Relevance to theme

Please submit proposals by April 23, 2016 to:

Gadsden Museum of Art Mural Project, 515 Broad Streetm, Gadsden, AL 35901 or email


  • Finished pieces will be property of the Gadsden Museum of Art. The GMA reserves the right to reproduce finished work for promotion and archival purposed in both printed and electronic forms.
  • The GMA will not sell reproductions of the work without written content of the artist. Artist retains all other rights.
  • Artist shall waive his/her rights under the Visual Arts Rights Act of 1990 to the extent that such rights would preclude or contain the right of the business to remove any accepted artwork.
  • Submission of proposal for this call implies acceptance of all conditions stated.

Origami Class


Our Origami Class meets Tuesday afternoons from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the GMA Children’s Gallery. It is taught by Isaiah Gallardo. There is no fee and materials are provided.

The Gadsden Times wrote an article about the class here.

“I’ve done this so many times that I can pretty much do it with my eyes closed,” Gallardo said, “but that makes it harder to teach it to people who aren’t used to it.”

The origami class is available to patrons of all ages and preregistration is not necessary. The origami crafts are beginner friendly and cover a variety of subjects.


On loan from Jacksonville State University for the month of March 2016 — MiniWorks must be original two dimensional works on paper. The image area for each work must not be smaller than one half the size of a dollar bill or larger than the overall area of a dollar bill.


“Metamorphosis” by Anna Maria Jacobs, pigmented ink jet print

Body Painting

“Body Painting,” Todd Taylor, acrylic

Port Antonio Jamaica

“Port Antonio Jamaica” by Richard Brough, marker and ink


“Moth” by Laquinna Tomson, wood engraving


“Sentinels” by Steven Lawinter, intaglio collage

Illustrations by Julie Crystal Curtis

Opening reception: March 4 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Artist Statement

“This body of work is a collection of illustrations I’ve created over the years; some for personal enjoyment and some for clients both domestically and internationally.

When illustrating characters, I focus on a small detail or moment that reveals something about them and I create a scene around that. Most of these were created entirely digitally in Photoshop CS3/CS6 with a graphics tablet.

These illustrations draw heavily from my passion for comic book art, which has led me to create my own webcomic, Lost in the Vale.”


“Illustrations” will be on display through April 29, 2016 in the Leo Reynolds Gallery

Julie Crystal Curtis putting the finishing touches on her “Illustrations” exhibit: opening reception tomorrow 6-8pm

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2016 Focus Photography Exhibit

Photography Exhibition Calendar
April 20: Digital Images, entry form, W9 and entry fee due
May 1: Artist Notifications will be emailed
May 31: All work must be delivered to the museum by 5 p.m.
June 8 through July 9: Exhibition dates
June 11: Opening reception 4 to 6 p.m.
July 20: All work must be picked up or shipped out from the museum.

Entry form: Focus 2016


Focus is open to all artists working in traditional or digital photography. Each artist may submit up to three works for consideration. Youth ages 14 and younger will be placed in a separate category.

Entries must not exceed 60” inches in any dimension nothing smaller than an 8”x10.” Framed pieces must be sturdy, wired and ready for hanging. NO saw-tooth hangers, staples, or tape allowed. No frames with easel backing will be eligible for consideration. The Gadsden Museum of Art reserves the right to exclude any work not meeting the presentation standards.

Entry fee is $10 per submission; three submissions per person. Payments may be cash, check or money order payable to the Gadsden Museum of Art.

Images of work must be submitted digitally to by April 20, 2016. A blind jury will be judging by your image so keep in mind all images must be high quality. Files must be JPEG format 72dpi no more than 750 pixels on the longest side, and labeled ex Smith_John.jpg. Photographs will not be considered until all items are received: Digital images, entry form, W-9, and payment. W-9’s are available at or can be picked up at Gadsden Museum of Art. (If photographer does not want to fill out a W-9 they will not be eligible for any prize money but will still be allowed to enter to show.)

Once all digital images are submitted, a blind jury will review entries and select images for display. All artists will be notified via email regarding the acceptance their work.

Cash prizes will be given to Best in Show, 1st place, 2nd place, 3rd place, and Honorable Mention award winners.

Artists are responsible for shipping and dropping off work. The Gadsden Museum of Art will not be responsible for any damage incurred in transit. All work must be shipped or hand-delivered no later than May 31, 2016. Late submissions will not be accepted. Frames must be wrapped for protection upon delivery.

Jennifer Alsabrook-Turner has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Montevallo and began her photographic training in 1994. Jennifer taught art for fifteen years at a prominent Birmingham school before she started her own studio, Bang Images. “My goal is to always be better than the last time I held my camera and to challenge myself to do something different.”

Two Pocketfuls

“Two Pocketfuls: Work by Bryce Speed and William Dooley” will be on display in the main floor gallery February 2 through March 25. Dooley and Speed are both art professors at the University of Alabama.

Artists’ Reception: Friday, March 4, 2016 from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M.