Alabama State Council for the Arts Awards Fellowships to Four UAB Faculty and Staff – News

Doug Barrett, Halley Cotton, Ryan Meyer and Elisabeth Pellathy received the research fellowships, made possible by the Alabama Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Doug BarretteFour faculty and staff at the University of Alabama at Birmingham have received scholarships from the Alabama State Council on the Arts, as well as a $5,000 grant.

The scholarship recipients are Doug Barrett, associate professor of graphic design, Elisabeth Pellathy, associate professor of new media, and Ryan Meyer, incoming assistant professor of digital media and graphic design in the Department of Art and History at the University. art from the College of Arts and Sciences, and Halley Cotton, a professor in the college’s English department.

ASCA Fellowships are awarded to individuals working in the fields of arts education, dance, design, media/photography, music, literature, theatre, visual arts and design. Arts and crafts. These scholarships recognize artistic excellence as well as commitment and professional maturity, contributing to the further development of the artist. Fellows use the funding to support the growth and development of their artistic careers by creating, practicing, and enhancing their skills, pursuing professional development and training, or other opportunities that lead to the success of these artists in the arts. ‘Alabama.

cotton halley insideHalley Cotton“Alabama’s creative sector benefits greatly from the incredible work of our artists and arts educators,” said Board Chairman Henry Panion III, Ph.D. “We are pleased to be able to provide direct support to individuals under the form of these scholarships.”

Barrett, who received a design grant, is an avid collector of images and often stops along the road to document unusual signage and handmade type. Barrett’s interest in exploring and representing found text and imagery in a way that speaks to constructed place is tied to her belief that graphic design has a cultural impact on our world. He received a Sappi Ideas That Matter grant in 2012 to create a booklet for the Cahaba River Society and received the UAB President’s Award for Teaching Excellence in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Cotton, who received a Literary Arts Fellowship in poetry, is the editor of the Birmingham Poetry Review and production manager of NELLE. As founding director of the SPARK Writing Festival, she focuses on community building through creative writing workshops. His scholarship and writings focus on the relationship between people and the land and how both are nurtured or destroyed by balance and imbalance. Cotton will use the funds for a poetic and photojournalistic exploration of the full length of the Cahaba River.

ryan meyer insideryan meyerMeyer, who received a media/photography fellowship, earned her BFA degree from UAB and her MFA degree from the University of California, Davis. He is an exhibiting member of the Ground Floor Contemporary Gallery in Birmingham and has exhibited his work nationally and internationally. Meyer says he was raised between the Deep South suburbs and the road. His artistic practice is a response to the effect of technological progress on the mind, body and environment. Meyer also has over a decade of commercial arts experience, specializing in creative direction, branding and storytelling. He has worked with large institutions, small startups, international products, and local nonprofits. Some of these brands include Shipt, Mannington Floors, and America’s First Federal Credit Union.

Pellathy, who received a craft grant, works in a variety of mediums, responding to location, history and social context. His work has been exhibited at the Gadsden Museum of Art and the Montgomery Museum of Fine Art in Alabama; Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello in Venice, Italy; The Booth Museum and the Royal Pavilion and Museums in the UK; and the Alfred Ceramics Art Museum, the Peale Center for Baltimore History and Architecture, Currents New Media and the Urban Institute for Contemporary Art, all in the United States.

pellathy isideElizabeth PellathyThe Council on the Arts is the official state agency for the support and development of the arts in Alabama. The council strives to expand and preserve the state’s cultural resources by supporting nonprofit arts organizations, schools, colleges, local government units, and individual artists. Arts programs, aided by council grants, have a proven track record of improving community development, education, cultural tourism, and overall quality of life in all areas of the state. Grants from the Alabama State Council on the Arts are made possible by an annual appropriation from the Alabama Legislature and additional funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Learn more at

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