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Department: Art & Art History

James Emmette Neel

Associate Professor of Art /
Director, The Durbin GalleryJames Emmette Neel


Kennedy Art Center 3

Contact Information:

Box 549021
Birmingham-Southern College
900 Arkadelphia Rd
Birmingham, AL 35254
Office Phone: (205) 226-4925
Office Fax: (205) 226-3044
E-mail: jneel@bsc.edu

Personal Web Page

Brief Career Background:

Jim Neel's sculpture, drawings and photography have appeared in regional and national exhibitions that include Winston-Salem's Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, the New Orleans Contemporary Arts Center, the Montgomery Museum of Art, and the Alexandria Museum of Art as well as academic galleries at Memphis State University, Mississippi State University, the University of Montevallo and the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Working as a freelance photojournalist covering the wars in Central America and life and death among the Serpent Handling Holiness of Appalachia, his work has appeared nationally and internationally in over thirty newspapers, magazines and hard cover publications that include the Los Angeles Times Magazine, the Memphis Commercial Appeal, the Birmingham News and Post Herald, Oxford American magazine, Esquire magazine and Dennis Covington's Salvation on Sandmountain, L'Eglise aux Serpents, and Redneck Riviera.

Educational Background:

B.F.A., Birmingham-Southern College, 1971
M.F.A., The University of Alabama, 1973

Areas of Academic Interest:

  • Sculpture
  • Drawing
  • Photo-Journalism
  • Latin-America

Courses Taught:

AR 100-1Y First Experiences in Studio Art (1)
A first-year level, team-taught introduction to the five studio art disciplines of drawing, painting, printmaking, photography and sculpture. After a one-week introduction and analysis of studio approaches and applications, the course introduces the five disciplines through five two-week concentration sessions. The course does not count towards art major requirements. (Satisfies Skills Foundation requirement in creative art.) Materials fee required. Fall.

AR 112 Three-Dimensional Design (1)
A studio course for the art major, emphasizing composition and construction techniques through a series of three-dimensional projects. Spring.

AR 150 Drawing I (1)
A studio course for the art major, dealing with basic principles of drawing. This course emphasizes drawing skills and perception. Prerequisite: art major. Spring.

AR 311 Sculpture I (1)
A studio experience in several traditional sculptural concepts and media, including modeling, casting, and carving. Prerequisites: AR 112 and consent. Fall, Spring.

AR 312 Sculpture II (1)
Advanced sculptural problems, their concepts and media. Prerequisite: AR 311. Fall, Spring.

AR 313 Sculpture III (1)
A continuation of AR 312, specifically for the sculpture major. Prerequisite: AR 312. Fall, Spring.