Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts (AEIVA)

Art Connects.  AEIVA’s mission is to provide a cultural gateway that enriches and supports accessible learning, research, and thinking for the UAB community, Birmingham, and beyond, through transformative and challenging exhibitions, engaging programming, and purposeful collecting.

Designed by the world-renowned architect, the late Randall Stout, the Abroms-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts (AEIVA), is a center for UAB and the Birmingham community to engage with contemporary art and artists. The 26,000-square-foot building is named for lead donors, the late Judy and Hal Abroms, and late Ruth and Marvin Engel. AEIVA’s 5,000 square feet of exhibition space features six to eight exhibitions a year. The 95-seat Hess Family Lecture Hall serves as a changeable space for a variety of artist talks, panel discussions, performances, installations and educational programming, as well as events at AEIVA. In addition, the building’s academic classrooms, laboratories, and faculty offices are home to the Department of Art and Art History, facilitating a dynamic partnership in AEIVA’s mission of enhancing social, cultural and historical understanding through the visual arts across UAB and the broader community.

Learn more at uab.edu/aeiva.

Meet the Team

John Fields
Lydia Cheney and Jim Sokol Endowed Senior Director

Tina Ruggieri
Assistant Curator

Christina McCellan
Education Manager
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Sheleka Laseter
Collections and Exhibitions Coordinator


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1221 10th Ave South
Birmingham, AL 35205

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