Each year, AUM organizes and hosts a Southern Studies Conference. This year’s conference, organized by six faculty, included academic panels focused on the literature of the South, Southern history and geography, and Southern culture, including music and art. A central element of the annual conference is a contemporary art exhibition and lecture. This year Andrew Hairstans, Associate Professor of Painting, organized a special exhibition of the prints of Jim Sherraden, Former Master Printer for Hatch Show Print in Nashville, Tennessee.
Jim Sherraden’s “paper quilts” are rich collages compiled from the spent pieces of his woodblock printing material. As explained in a 2016 exhibition text, the compositions are inspired by family quilts, oriental rugs, Southwestern textiles, and Mediterranean tiles. Sherraden’s prints are richly colored, dynamic examples of the stylistic freedom a master printer can achieve through the medium of woodblock printing. The exhibition is on view in Goodwyn Gallery from January 30 – March 3, 2017.