Alabama Biennial
The Alabama Biennial was a sculpture competition and exhibition that took place on The University of Alabama campus in the years 1991, 1993, and 1995. It invited sculptors "to exhibit portraits of mythological and historical characters and memorialize the spirit of the age in which the subject lived."

In the first two years, the competition was coordinated by the "vision and considerable professional skill" of Art Oakes, now professor emeritus of sculpture. Because of his efforts the Alabama Biennial "quickly gained a reputation as an important outdoor sculpture exhibition in the South." In year three, Oakes was honored for his efforts and a purchase prize named for him.

The photos here show the five works - by Andrew Arvanetes, George Beasley, Peter Flanary, Be Gardiner, and Billy Lee - that won purchase awards and became part of what former A&S Dean James Yarbrough designated "The University of Alabama's permanent outdoor collection." Go to Flickr's map to find each piece's location on The University of Alabama campus.

(Quotations are from the 1993 and 1995 Alabama Biennial catalogs.)
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