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2018 Friend Lecture: Andrew Freear of the Rural Studio

October 18, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


UAB, Birmingham Museum of Art, and SECAC are pleased to present the 2018 Edward M. and Hermione C. Friend Lecture / 2018 SECAC Keynote address featuring Andrew Freear of Auburn University’s Rural Studio. This lecture is free and open to the public.

Freear, originally from Yorkshire, England, is the Wiatt Professor and director of the Rural Studio – Auburn University. Freear lives in a small rural community in Hale County, where for nearly two decades he has directed a program that questions the conventional education and role of architects. His architecture students have designed and built community buildings, homes, and landscape projects for under-resourced local towns and nonprofit organizations.

Freear lectures about Rural Studio across the United States and Europe. He has designed and built Rural Studio exhibits across the globe including at the Whitney Biennial, the Sao Paulo Biennal, V&A in London, MOMA NYC and most recently at the Milan Triennale and the Venice Biennale. An installation built by the Rural Studio is currently on view as part of Third Space, the BMA’s nationally recognized contemporary art exhibition.

The Friend Lecture series was established in 2005 by Ellen Elsas and her husband Fred Elsas, M.D., in memory of Mrs. Elsas’s parents who were active supporters of the arts in the Birmingham community. With the objective to bring important and engaging speakers in the disciplines of art, art history and criticism to the UAB campus for the benefit of students and the community, the annual Friend lecture has featured such noted curators, critics and art historians as Robert Storr, Tom Eccles and Ivan Gaskell. In 2018, the Friend Lecture serves as the 2018 SECAC Conference Keynote and is co-sponsored by UAB and the Birmingham Museum of Art.


October 18, 2018
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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