High exhibit of Hale Woodruff murals in Birmingham; Hannan to lead arts center campaign

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In 2012, High Museum American art curator Stephanie Heydt gives a tour of the exhibit "Rising Up: Hale Woodruff's Murals at Talladega College." Here, she talks about one of the murals in the "Founding" series, "The Building of Savery Library, " from 1942. BITA HONARVAR / BHONARVAR@AJC.COM
In 2012, High Museum American art curator Stephanie Heydt gives a tour of the exhibit "Rising Up: Hale Woodruff's Murals at Talladega College." Here, she talks about one of the murals in the "Founding" series, "The Building of Savery Library, " from 1942. BITA HONARVAR / BHONARVAR@AJC.COM

High Museum American art curator Stephanie Heydt gives a 2012 tour of the exhibit “Rising Up: Hale Woodruff’s Murals at Talladega College.” Here, she talks about one of the murals in the “Founding” series, “The Building of Savery Library, ” from 1942. BITA HONARVAR / BHONARVAR@AJC.COM

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Amistad, Talladega College murals in Birmingham
“Rising Up: Hale Woodruff’s Murals at Talladega College,” the nationally touring exhibition of six historical murals by the famed African-American artist (1900-80) organized by the High Museum of Art, recently opened at the Birmingham Museum of Art.

The show by the late Atlantan debuted at the Atlanta museum in 2012. Commissioned in 1938, the large-scale murals (two are 20 feet wide), portray the Amistad mutiny and its aftermath as well as the founding of Alabama’s Talladega College, one of the first colleges established for blacks in the U.S.

Through Sept. 6. Free. 2000 Rev. Abraham Woods Jr. Blvd., Birmingham. 205-254-2565, www.artsbma.org.

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Hannan to lead Woodruff Arts Center campaign
The Woodruff Arts Center has announced that Georgia-Pacific Chief Executive Officer and President Jim Hannan will serve as the campaign chairman of the 2015 -16 Annual Corporate Campaign, the art center’s primary annual fund-raising effort.

The recently completed 2014-15 campaign chaired by Paul Garcia, former board chairman and chief executive officer of Global Payments Inc., raised a record $13.8 million to support the Woodruff’s art and education work.

Arts center board chairman Doug Hertz called Hannan “a great contributor” as a member of the Woodruff’s board as well as in his work with city and community organizations. He will lead a team of more than 80 volunteers in the campaign.


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