Fabric artist spearheading UAB art project

Fabric and installation artist Amanda Browder is enlisting the help of the community for two giant fabric installations at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, to celebrate the university's new cultural corridor. Browder is a New York City-based artist who uses donated fabrics to create large-scale collaborative installations that incorporate local volunteers, city buildings and the stories that are made from her community sewing days.

In the first joint project for UAB's Cultural Corridor, the Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center, the Department of Art and Art History, and the new Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts together have commissioned Browder to create "Magic Chromacity." The vast works Browder will create with community members will use recycled and donated materials to create large-scale art pieces adorning both the AEIVA and ASC buildings, which face each other on 10th Avenue South on the UAB campus. The large-scale art pieces will be created during her residencies in April and July, and installed and presented to celebrate the new cultural corridor at UAB on Aug. 26-28. Browder will give a free lecture at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, and an opening reception will be held Aug. 29. Both events will be held at AEIVA and are free and open to the public.

The DAAH is also in need of large pieces, at least 30 inches wide, of brightly colored, non stretchy fabric, including bolts and half-bolts. Fabric and thread donations from the community may be dropped off at ArtPlay, AEIVA, Alabama Art Supply, The Bottletree and Forstall Art Center. Fabric will be accepted through July 6.

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