Shorter University hosting mixed media artist Amalia Amaki and Homage exhibit

Art by Amalia Amaki (contributed photo)

Photo-based mixed media artist Amalia Amaki's work will be on display in an exhibit inside the Arnold Art Gallery at Shorter University until March 1. The gallery is open to the public weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at no charge.

Amaki is a professor of art history at the University of Alabama. A graduate of Georgia State University, University of New Mexico and Emory University, she has work in collections of the High Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts and the National Museum for Women in the Arts.

The exhibit at Shorter, titled Homage I, presents fans, boxes, assemblages and photographs honoring and thanking individuals who Amaki says have had an impact on her life. Michael Joseph Jackson and Graham L. Crew, also known as Tika Wahchinksapa Waluta, are the focus of the exhibit.

"The exhibit also includes MJ: In Blue Terms, a series of visual poems designed to provoke viewers to press beyond Michael Jackson's celebrity status. the music, the movements, and the magic on stage. The photography and mixed media works associated with Graham L. Crew address the truth of a long-term relationship based on commonalities that probably rarely exist between people of different nations," explains Amaki.

Homage will be published as an artist's book in limited edition later this year with Marquand Books.