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First Friday- Tuscaloosa





The participants in downtown Tuscaloosa’s monthly First Friday arts and entertainment event have launched a website that will focus on the upcoming schedule of events.
Click here to view the site!

Follow this link for more information and a personal look into the First Friday participants and their venues in an online Jubilation Article on tuscarts.org/jubilation.

First Friday takes place on the first Friday of the month in Downtown Tuscaloosa. Local galleries, businesses and restaurants are open in the evening for the community to experience what Downtown Tuscaloosa has to offer.

Participants encourage patrons to visit other galleries and businesses within walking distance on the Art Walk. Galleries on the Art Walk include The Arts Council and The University of Alabama Galleries at the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center, The Paul R. Jones Gallery, Harrison Galleries, O’Connor Art Studios and Grace Aberdean Habitat Alchemy.  Visit firstfridaytuscaloosa.com for offerings and hours.

To get a monthly First Friday email sign up for Tuscaloosa Tourism and Sports' e-newsletter at the bottom of their contact us page here: visittuscaloosa.com/contact-us

To view the most recent Art Round Up from The University of Alabama Department of Art & Art History visit art.ua.edu/roundup

Art Night- Northport

Art Night takes place on the first Thursday of the month from 5-8 pm in downtown Northport at Kentuck Art Center and is free to the public.

Local Galleries Map


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Tuscaloosa Galleries

Printable First Friday Walking Map and Key-Downtown Tuscaloosa

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First Friday Link to Map



Open on First Friday-Follow links to view weekday hours

Harrison Galleries, LLC

2315 University Blvd., Tuscaloosa
Opening receptions take place on First Friday.

Permanent collection includes a variety of 19th and early 20th century works in oil and prints, also prints and original works by Basil Ede and award-winning photographs by local artists on the second floor. Special exhibits by local artists and groups available throughout the calendar year.
Visit: www.facebook.com/pages/Harrison-Galleries

O'Connor Art Studios

2316 University Blvd. , Suite #300, Tuscaloosa
Open on First Friday featuring demonstrations and displays of art by artist Caleb O'Connor. Displays of art by current students are also featured.
Tours of the studio are by appointment
Serving the local community in providing art education and visual fine art experiences, O'Connor Art Studios offers courses in a variety of mediums and methods. The studio is also open to those wishing to meet the local artist Caleb O'Connor, and see him at work.
Visit: www.oconnorartstudios.com

Grace Aberdean Habitat Alchemy

2124 9th Street, Tuscaloosa
Open on First Fridays featuring art, music and more
Monday - Friday noon - 5 p.m. and Saturday 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Retail and gallery space featuring upcycled furniture and vintage finds transformed into special original items for the home. Works with many neo-crafters and artists from around the U.S. that believe art will help humanity and the home.
Visit: graceaberdean.com

The Betak/Frangoulis Art Gallery at Canterbury Chapel

812 5th Avenue, Tuscaloosa 
Rotating art exhibits with openings on First Fridays

The Betak/Frangoulis Art Gallery at Canterbury Chapel is an exhibit space for 2-D artwork. Monthly shows feature local painters, photographers, and mixed-media artists. Exhibits may be viewed during weekly business hours.
Visit: www.facebook.com/BetakFrangoulis-Art-Gallery-at-Canterbury-Chapel

Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center Galleries

620 Greensboro Ave., Tuscaloosa
Rotating exhibits open with receptions on First Fridays.

  • The Arts Council Gallery features group and solo exhibits by local and regional artiststs in a wide range of media and styles. Hours weekdays 9 - noon and 1 - 4 p.m.
  • The University of Alabama Gallery offers a year-round schedule of exhibitions of artistic works, artifacts, textiles and more from permanent collections held by The University of Alabama as well as works by faculty, students, guest artists and designers. Hours weekdays 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and noon - 8 p.m. on First Fridays.

Paul R. Jones Gallery of Art

2308 Sixth St., Downtown Tuscaloosa
Open on First Fridays from 12 noon - 8 p.m.
Hours 9 a.m. - 5  p.m. weekdays
Features rotating exhibits year round from the collection of Paul R. Jones, who, during his lifetime, amassed one of the largest collections of African-American art and donated 1,700 pieces of his collection to The University of Alabama  in 2008.
Visit: art.ua.edu/gallery/prj

Galleries with variable hours:

The University of Alabama Galleries

Visit the links for information regarding opening reception times.

  • Sarah Moody Gallery
    103 Garland Hall
    Hours Monday - Friday 9 - 4:30 p.m. and Thursdays 5 - 8 p.m.
    Presents a year-round schedule of changing exhibitions devoted to contemporary arts, including works from the Permanent Collection, faculty and traveling exhibits
  • Sella-Granata Gallery
    Woods Hall
    Hours Monday - Friday 10 - 5 p.m.
    Honoring Professor Emeritus Alvin Sella and the late Angelo Granata, this gallery features graduate and undergraduate student work
  • Art Gallery, Ferguson Center
    751 Campus Drive
    Open during Ferguson Center regular  hours

    Seeks to expose UA students, faculty, staff and the surrounding community to the arts culture and to provide an outlet to showcase their work

Junior League Gallery

600 Greensboro Ave., Tuscaloosa
Opening receptions occur at various times throughout the year, most often not on First Friday due to theatre rental schedule.
Gallery Hours weekdays 9 - noon and 1 - 4 p.m. and during Bama Theatre events.
The Junior League Gallery features exhibits and juried shows in all media by local solo artists and groups.
Visit: tuscarts.org/gallery-juniorleague


Downtown Northport Galleries

Kentuck Art Center

503 Main Ave., Historic Downtown Northport
Open on Art Night, the first Thursday of the month from 5 - 9 p.m.
Gallery Shop Hours Tuesday -Friday 10 - 5 p.m. and Saturday 10 - 4:30 p.m.; Closed Sunday and Monday
On the third weekend of October each year, the Kentuck Art Center presents the Kentuck Festival of Arts, one of the nation's best-respected and most-loved arts gatherings. The center offers exhibitions, classes, workshops and shopping year-round. The galleries, working artists' studios and shop are situated around the Courtyard of Wonders, which features shady retreats and fantastical sculptures--including Rusty the Pointer and the Fire Ant. A new exhibition opens each month showcasing the work of contemporary and craft artists. Sometimes traditional, sometimes visionary, always authentic, Kentuck brings art to the community and builds community with art.
Visit: www.kentuck.org

Kentuck Studio Artists:

Neel Alexander
Col. Lee Busby, Ret.
Steve Davis
Sydney Gruber
Kerry Kennedy
Daniel Livingston
Scott McQueen
Nöelle Mercurio