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First Friday- Tuscaloosa


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, Lorrie Lane Studio, and the Art Garage.

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

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Open on First Friday-Follow links to view exhibit details

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 9-4 p.m. and 5-8 p.m. on First Fridays
  • 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. - 4 p.m. and noon - 8 p.m. on First Fridays.

Harrison Galleries

2315 University Blvd., Downtown Tuscaloosa
Open on First Fridays from 5-8 p.m.
Variable hours during the week
Harrison Galleries deals in 19th and 20th century paintings, prints, drawings and sculpture as well as vintage and contemporary photography. Rotating exhibits occur in the second floor gallery featuring local artists and graduate level exhibits by UA students.


Lorrie Lane Studio

2420 Sixth St., Downtown Tuscaloosa
Open on First Fridays from 5-8 p.m.
Hours 9 a.m. - 5  p.m. weekdays
Lorrie Lane Studio is a fine art gallery and studio, representing the work of Lorrie Lane, Liz Lane, Steve Davis, and other Southeastern artists. Lorrie's painting studio is open to see art in progress. Lorrie Lane Studio presents contemporary art in a historic downtown setting.


Art Garage

2422 Sixth St., Downtown Tuscaloosa
Open on First Fridays from 5-8 p.m.
Hours daily Tuesday-Thursday

The Art Garage is open daily Tuesday- Saturday each week and offers classes for children and even some special classes for adults.  Each day at the Art Garage families can let their children explore art and get creative in the studio during their 1 hour long Open Play Sessions. During First Friday's, parents have the opportunity to let their children explore Art in a hands-on way while parents will sign a liability waiver and head out to have a drink downtown, grab a bite of dinner, and explore the open Art Galleries participating in First Friday's.  Reservations are required for the special Parent's Night Out/First Friday event.  The cost is discounted for members of the Art Garage but is also open to the public.  Children must be potty trained to attend.  Hours for the Art Garage Parent's Night Out Event are 5:30pm-7:30pm.  You may book your child's spot here.



Galleries with variable hours:

The University of Alabama Galleries:

Paul R. Jones Gallery of Art Downtown

2308 Sixth St., Downtown Tuscaloosa
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: https://art.ua.edu/venue/paul-r-jones-museum/

UA Galleries on Campus

  • 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


Art Night (First Thursday) Featuring 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.
Visit website for current hours during Covid response.
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
Alana Baldwin
Kerry Kennedy
Amy Leepard
Scott Mcqueen
Nöelle Mercurio
Ashley Young