Nationally recognized artist Tierney L. Malone visits UAH for Black History month

Tierney L. Malone, a nationally recognized visual artist, historian, poet and jazz DJ will visit The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) in February in celebration of Black History Month.

Malone's visit and university events are sponsored by the UAH Department of Art and Art History, and the Humanities Center. All events are free and open to the public.

On Thursday, Feb. 5, from 4:30 p.m., to 6:30 p.m., a public reception will be held for Malone in the UAH Louis Salmon Library Art Gallery. It is also the opening day of Malone's solo exhibit "Muses, Divas, and Other Beautiful Women." The show is a celebration of the women who raised Malone and enriched his life. The exhibit continues through Friday, Feb. 27. Malone will give a public talk "Southern Sounds: Recontextualization of Typography, Music and Cultural History in the Creative Process," on Thursday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m., in the UAH Wilson Hall Theater. And, on Friday, Feb. 27, from 4 p.m., to 5 p.m., Malone gives a presentation for youngsters entitled "Black History Storytelling Time," at the Lowe Mill Arts and Entertainment Theater (downtown Huntsville, 2211 Seminole Drive).

Tierney L. Malone was born in Los Angeles, raised in Mobile (Ala.), but calls Houston, Texas home. A self-described "modern day sign painter for hire," Malone's art has been exhibited widely throughout Texas and the United States in numerous solo shows. In 2008, he completed two major commissions: a limited edition print celebrating Da Camera of Houston's 20th anniversary, and an outdoor mural entitled "Southern Sounds: Hear My Train A Comin'," for the Coleman Art Center in York, Ala.

Malone, a modern-day storyteller who creates artworks on paper and mixed media constructions loves music. Creators of jazz music are major influences in his work. His large, powerful and visually colorful artworks are figures from sports, literature and jazz. Malone's works are in the permanent collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Kansas City Jazz Museum, Kansas City, Mo.; Goldman Sachs, New York, N.Y.; and the Federal Reserve Bank, Houston.

Malone's recent selected solo exhibitions include "Ruminations of A Cluttered Mind," (Philomena Gabriel Contemporary Gallery, Houston); "Third Ward is My Harlem," (DiverseWorks Gallery, Houston); and "Los Cosa Nostra" (Khon's Wine Darts Coffee Art, Houston). His group exhibitions include "Space One Eleven," (Birmingham, Ala.); "Alabama Impact: Contemporary Artists with Alabama Ties," (Mobile Museum of Art and Huntsville Museum of Art); and "I Remember the March on Washington Thirty Year Anniversary," (Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.).

Malone was a student of noted African American artist Dr. John T. Biggers, a founding chairman of the art department at Texas Southern University (formerly Texas State University for Negroes). Biggers is internationally acclaimed for his complex, symbolic murals based on African American and African cultural themes. He died in February 2001.

Malone gives numerous lectures and presentations each year. He is the recipient of the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant, a CACHH Visual Artist Grant, and a Kimbrough Visual Artist Grant. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Arts from Texas Southern University.

For more information about guest artist Tierney L. Malone's visit to UAH, please call 256.824.6114, or email



Joyce Anderson-Maples