16th Annual Community Gala

Saturday, January 28, 2023
Lecture: 6:00pm | Reception: 7:00pm-9:00pm

In Advance: Members $60/guest | Non-Members $80/guest
At the Door: Members $75/guest | Non-Members $95/guest

The 16th Annual Community Gala takes place in celebration of the exhibition opening for Ways of Seeing: The Paul R. Jones Collection of American Art at the University of Alabama and is a celebration of Black History Month. The evening includes a lecture by the curator of the The Paul R. Jones Collection of American Art, Emily Bibb, followed by the opening in the Hodge and Henry Galleries, live entertainment, heavy hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar. All galleries will be open for your enjoyment. 

Ways of Seeing: The Paul R. Jones Collection of American Art at The University of Alabama January 29, 2023 - April 23, 2023

The Paul R. Jones Collection of American Art at The University of Alabama includes one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of 20th century African American art in the world, amassed over decades by Paul Raymond Jones, who was described by Art & Antiques magazine as “one of the top art collectors in the country.” Jones donated the 2,000-plus piece collection to the College of Arts and Sciences at The University of Alabama in 2008. The collection includes art in a variety of media from more than 600 artists, including Emma Amos, Jack Whitten, Sam Gilliam, Howardena Pindell, Romare Bearden, and Jacob Lawrence, all of whom are represented in this exhibition. These selections display the breadth and depth of the collection, showcasing artists working in a variety of materials and styles from the 1930s to the present day.

Saturday, January 28, 2023 • 6p–9p

Artist Q&A: 6p | Reception: 7p–9p
ReservationsIn AdvanceAt the Door
FIA Members$60$80
Non-members$75$95

Proceeds directly support exhibitions and expand the African American art collection at the FIA.

Theater seating is first come, first served and doors close promptly at 6:00pm. Overflow seating will be available in Isabel Hall to view a live stream of the lecture.

2023 Sponsors




Gold Sponsors
HUNTINGTON BANK
Silver Sponsors
Friends of Berston
Health Alliance Plan


Copper Sponsors
Mrs. Eleanor E. BrownellAlvern Lock & Theresa Stephens-Lock









Bronze Sponsors
Olmsted Associates, Inc.Hurand, Lynne
Hurley Medical Center
Dr. & Mrs. Kienan F. MurphyDavid and Randee Pieper
Mr. Milton & Dr. Brenda Rogers-Grays
Dr. Sharon A. Simeon & Mr. Marshall H. Sanders, Jr. 
Woodrow Stanley Youth Foundation










Friends Sponsors
Mr. Glen Adams & Ms. Maria Gonzalez
The Cho$en Few Arts Council
Gary & Carol Hurand
Sean & Eureka McCormickKathryn Moeller
Drs. Bobby & Nita Mukkamala
LaDon G. McNeil
Mia McNeil
Michael H.Parker
Jim & Jane Richardson
Chuck & Kathryn Sharbaugh
Omar and Donyale Sims
 Ernelle Taylor