Past Exhibitions 2017

“In Stillness” by Kathrena Rivera and “The Serpents of Bienville” by Sean and Amanda Herman

Mobile – The University of South Alabama Marx Library is proud to present the combined exhibits of artist Kathrena Rivera’s “In Stillness” and Sean and Amanda Herman’s “The Serpents of Bienville”. This combined show is currently on display on the 1st floor gallery of the library. The exhibit will be on display through April 30, 2017. The exhibit is free and open to the public during regular library hours.

About Artist Kathrena Rivera: Photography has been the main form of Kathrena’s creative expression for the majority of her life. It is a passion that continues to morph, expand and refine the way she views the world. This series reflects her drive to create images that are reminiscent of dreamscapes or memories translated onto film.

Kathrena wants to convey a sense of timelessness and abstract quality to landscapes. A girl walking down a country road, a child running in the park at dusk or a man reaching out to view the horizon of the sea, seemingly unimportant or simplistic moments of humans relating to their surroundings.

This exhibit features work using medium-format film Holga cameras, both standard and pinhole. Kathrena enjoys the simplicity of “toy” cameras. Without multiple settings and sharp lenses the photographer is left with only their vision to rely on. The very limitations of toy and homemade cameras are what appeals to her.

The images were created in-camera using long exposure and Intentional Camera Movement techniques. While still creating a dreamy effect, Kathrena’s goal as an artist is to keep the images as true to the moment of capture as possible.

About Artist Sean Herman: Sean Herman lives and creates art in Daphne, Alabama.  He grew up in Daphne, leaving to pursue his dreams of learning the ancient craft of tattooing.  He began traveling the world, working with highly respected tattooists in Sweden, Canada, New York City, Southern California, and many other cities in his adventures.  His work has been featured in magazines all over the world, including Norway, Russia, Germany, and Taiwan, with over thirty different articles being written on his life and work.  Herman returned home in 2008, longing for the culture he missed, amongst the beautiful Live Oak.   Outside of his craft of tattooing, Herman has had his work shown throughout multiply art galleries, including the MOCCA (the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art) in Toronto.  Sean Herman is currently tattooing by appointment.  He can be reached through his website, or by email at

Sean’s illustrations are based on local folklore and ghost stories from the Alabama Gulf Coast and were created using micron pen and ink wash, painstakingly creating detailed images consisting of tiny dots.  These dots grow into a much larger image, one that draws the viewer into specific lore, setting the stage for the larger message to come.  These stories, which have been passed down for generations, are also more closely examined by Herman in essay form, with small explanations accompanying each print hanging at the gallery show. The full essays can be found via the project’s website,

About Amanda Herman: Amanda is a southern writer and creator, vegan recipe experimentalist, discoverer, adventurer, wife and mom to the hyper focused and wildly creative. Amanda has been referred to by the Smithsonian as an Amazonian gladiator, proud supporter of PMA and big hair. By the time I've reached my golden years, I would like at least one person to be able to say, "That old bat may be crazy as a loon, but she can tell a darRn good story".

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D'Iberville: Remembering Katrina, Celebrating Recovery

Mobile, AL – On March 2, 2017 at 1:00 p.m., the D’Iberville Volunteers Foundation will present a new exhibit, “D’Iberville: Remembering Katrina, Celebrating Recovery” at the Mary Elizabeth and Charles Bernard Rodning Gallery of Art, University of South Alabama Marx Library. This exhibit tells the story of this small town’s experiences following Hurricane Katrina. From the period immediately following the passage of the hurricane to its recovery as a vibrant economic leader in South Mississippi, the exhibit uses pictures, artifacts, artwork in several media, and the words of both the citizens of D’Iberville and the volunteers who came from 49 states and 7 foreign countries to travel through the devastation to the first disaster responses all the way to recovery. It captures the incredibly resilient spirit of the citizens and the overwhelming volunteer response that enabled this town that was left with 475 slabs and a destroyed Old Town area as well as a surge and wind damaged northern area to come back stronger than ever. The D’Iberville Volunteers Foundation, led by two local citizens, Irene McIntosh with a doctorate in Counseling Psychology and Ed Cake with a doctorate in Biological Oceanography, focused on rebuilding or building new homes for the residents and restoring a community. They used the scientific method to define and manage the work of the thousands of volunteers to rehabilitate more than 1000 homes and properties as well as building 41 new homes from the ground up. Meanwhile, city leaders and employees worked diligently to restore the city infrastructure and economic base. This two-pronged approach expedited D’Iberville’s recovery.

The exhibit will be on display from March 1 through April 30, 2017. It is free and open to the public during regular library hours.

Paintings and Photographs

Mobile, AL – The University of South Alabama Marx Library is pleased to present a new art exhibit by Susan Rouillier, entitled, “Paintings and Photographs”. The exhibit will be on display in the Mary Elizabeth and Charles Bernard Rodning Gallery of Art on the 3rd floor of the Marx Library from March 1 – April 30, 2017. There will be a "Meet the Artist Reception” on Sunday, March 5, from 3:00-5:00. The reception is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Ms. Rouillier has been drawn to nature all her life. At the University of Melbourne she was a Commonwealth Scholar and did invertebrate research at Wilson’s Promontory in Australia. She graduated with a Biology degree and went on to teach in Australia, Japan and the United States. Rouillier set up a joint ecological project between Meiji Gankuen High School in Kitakyushu, Japan and The School of Math and Science in Mobile, Alabama, funded by the Fulbright MasterTeacher Program. Today Rouillier lives by the water on Mobile Bay where she paints and photographs birds and the natural world of the vast delta estuarium. “Painting makes me feel as vibrantly alive as the creatures that I portray,” she explains. She is grateful to USA Professor Emeritus James Conlon for his guidance and encouragement.

The exhibit is free and open to the public during regular library hours.

War and Remembrance on the Alabama Gulf Coast

The University of South Alabama Marx Library is pleased to present a new exhibit entitled, "War and Remembrance on the Alabama Gulf Coast,” a museum installation that will introduce its viewers to the concept of collective memory and tell the story of the people and places associated with war remembrance in our region. In addition to the panel displays, the glass cases are full of books, photographs and artifacts pertaining to wars throughout our history.

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This exhibit is currently on display through February 28, in the Mary Elizabeth and Charles Bernard Rodning Gallery of Art on the third floor of the library. The exhibit is free and open to the public during regular library hours.

The Flow (The Rhythm of Dance)

Mobile - The University of South Alabama Marx Library is pleased to present a new art exhibit by professional photographer, Vincent Lawson. Lawson has been teaching USA special courses photography classes for over 11 years. He has a strong passion for taking real life photographs that capture the still, small moments in life that would otherwise fade away and be lost. The photos in this exhibit are beautiful examples of Lawson’s talent for capturing and preserving these images on film. He states, “Everything in the universe has a rhythm, everything dances. This quote from Maya Angelou put this show in perfect perspective. These photos are about rhythm, and flow. Flow and rhythm are interchangeable. From fractions of a second to whole seconds these images represent life and the movement of dance.”

This exhibit, “The Flow (The Rhythm of Dance)”, will be on display on the first floor gallery of the Library from January 3 – February 28, 2017. All exhibits are free and open to the public during regular Library hours.