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Posted on: November 29, 2023

Gadsden Museum of Art announces Dec. 2023 exhibitions

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The Gadsden Museum of Art will host openings for exhibits by artists Ali Hval, Michael Swann and John McFarland from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1.

Visual artist Ali Hval’s show, “Barbie’s Dreamhouse,” will be shown in the first floor Main Gallery.  

Hval currently lives and works in Iowa City, Iowa, and is a lecturer in Painting and Drawing at the University of Iowa.  She earned her MFA from the University of Iowa in Painting and Drawing and a BFA in Painting from the University of Alabama, both with honors.  Her work merges ceramic, fabric, installation and painting.  The forms and materials she uses reflect her interest in adornment and the relentless critique and politicization of the body.


Artist Michael Swann works primarily as a painter and utilizes a variety of mediums in his work.  In addition to oils, his work includes printmaking, airbrushing and materials commonly used in the automotive industry.  

Swann earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Birmingham Southern College and is a lifelong resident of Birmingham, Ala. His show, “Person Detected,” is currently on display in the Leo Reynolds Gallery.

The Barbara Reed Gallery will feature the paintings of local artist John McFarland’s show, “’Omage.”    After retirement, McFarland turned a hobby of painting into a passion.  His work consists of portraits, historical places and machinery, taking the scenes of everyday life and turning them into a painting.


Visitors can still view the show “Amalgamations” by Abby Henderson in the Courtyard Gallery as well as “Shared Beginnings, Diverse Creations” by Izabella Janush-Hernandez, Alexa Lee, and Sydney Marlin.  

Light refreshments will be served and public restrooms are available for all visitors.

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